The Gujarat Vidhya Sabha (called the Gujarat Vernacular Society before independence) was set up by Alexander Kinlok Forbes, a Scottish Architect turned civil servant in British Era and Great Gujarati poet Dalpatram on 26th December, 1848. Gujarat Vidhyasabha was set up with foresight and passion of its founders for spreading education and fostering Gujarati language. It is Ahmedabad’s pioneer educational institution that serves the objectives of upliftment of literature, spreading general knowledge and growth and development of education. Thus it is a pioneer institute of modern Gujarat with an illustrious history of more than 170 years. It is the mother organization of Brahamachari Wadi Trust which was set up in the year 1892.
Under aegis of Gujarat Vidyasabha and Brahmachari Wadi Trust total seven academic institutions are functioning. Brahmachari Wadi Trust has rendered useful services in the field of education by opening educational institutions in Ahmadabad city. Apart from fostering Gujarati Language, Gujarat Vidyasabha has many firsts to its credit. Shree Brahamachari Wadi Sanskrit Pathshala (Est. 1937) was established with the objective of study and publicity of our ancient culture, literature, history and Sanskrit erudition. Vidyasabha published first weekly of Ahmadabad in the name of “Vartaman” in the year 1849. In 1850, the first girl’s school was set up in the name of RBRC Primary School for Girls and RBRC Higher Secondary School for Girls. From the year 1854, Vidyasabha publishes monthly magazine “Buddhiprakash” on an ongoing basis. Gujarat’s first linguist poet Dalpatram was its first editor. The first library of Ahmadabad, “Himabhai Institute” was set up in the year 1857.
Advanced education and research department run by Vernacular Society since 1938 was converted into Sheth Bholabhai Jeshingbhai Institute of Learning and Research in July 1946. Thereafter Shree H. K. Arts College was established in the year 1955, Shree H.K. Commerce College in 1968 and Brahmachari Wadi Trust Institute of Business Administration (B.W.T.I.B.A.) in 1999.
These institutions are known for academic excellence, discipline and other cultural activities. We are contributing in building up the nation by educating young students in a way that would make them ideal, peace loving, tolerant and law abiding citizens of tomorrow.