Moraribapu unveils K M Munshi’s statue at Bhavans

Inaugurates digital library of about 16,000 articles by late Kanti Bhatt


Ahmedabad, March 31: Eminent Ramkathakar sant shri Moraribapu on Thursday unveiled a statue of  Kanaiyalal Maneklal Munshi, founder of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan at Bhavans campus in Ahmedabad. He also inaugurated a digital library containing close to 16,000 articles written by late journalist, editor, columnist and author Kanti Bhatt, also at Bhavan’s Harilal Bhagwati Institute of Communication and Management, a constituent of Bhavans.

Kanaiyalal Maneklal Munshi was a freedom fighter, lawyer, educationist, patron of art and culture as well as well-known for his contribution in Gujarati literature. An ardent follower of Mahatma Gandhi, he founded Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan (BVB) in 1938 to preserve and promote the Indian system of education as well as its art and culture. BVB now operates 367 institutes through its 119 centres spread across India. It has five centres abroad as well. Munshiji was also a proponent of ‘Asmita’ (pride) of Gujarat and a patron of Indian art and culture.

Institutes at BVB-Ahmedabad :

Set up in 1965, BVB Ahmedabad is one of the 119 kendras of Bhavan’s. The statue is a fitting tribute to Munshiji by the trustees of BVB –  Ahmedabad, and the staff of all the institutes located at Bhavan’s Campus in Ahmedabad.

Sheth R. A. College of Science: Affiliated by Gujarat University, it runs B.Sc and M.Sc. courses.

Sheth R. A. College of Arts and Commerce: Affiliated by Gujarat University, it runs B.A., B.Com and M.A., M.Com courses, as well as courses of Children’s University.

Harilal Bhagwati Institute of Communication and Management: Set up in 1967, HBICM is a pioneer in offering Journalism  course in Gujarat. Affiliated to Bhavan’s Rajendra Prasad Institute of Communication and Management, it offers Post Graduate Diploma/Certificate Courses in Journalism, Digital Media, Industrial Relations and Personnel Management (IRPM – HR), International Trade, Materials Management and Hospital Management.

Bhavan’s Cultural Academy and Centre for Arts: It conducts courses in Indian Classical Music as well as conducts programs related to Art and Culture.

Gandhi Centre for Computer Education and Information  Technology: Runs basic computer literacy courses at affordable fees.

Rajendra Prasad Institute of Communication: It is the latest feather in the cap of BVB-Ahmedabad. It is BVB’s flagship institute to run courses in management and communication with  centres spread across India.

Kanti Bhatt Memorial Hall and Reading Room : First of its kind of memorial for any Gujarati journalist, the memorial is a joint effort of BVB Ahmedabad and Sheela Bhatt, wife of late  Kanti Bhatt.

It houses about 1,600 books of the personal library of Kanti Bhatt as well as close to 16,000 published articles (physical papers) written by him. These articles are also digitised by Ahmedabad-based Archives Record Management Services. These articles are now being classified according to their topics, publication and timeline. These will be available on  website as and when they are classified accordingly.