About Jnana Prabodhini

      The founder of Jnana Prabodhini Late Dr. Vinayak Vishwanath alias Appa Pendse, was an educationist, social activist and a great thinker. Swami Vivekananda was his inspiration. Swami Vivekananda tried to combine the cultural heritage of our country which expresses our identity and unity with the social awakening and organisation work required for the eradication of poverty and suffering. A number of works in India and abroad are inspired by this thought. One of such autonomous experiments is ‘Jnana Prabodhini.’

        A Psychologist himself, Dr. V. V. Pendse had realized, that to achieve big dreams there is a need for self-confident intelligence. He knew that those youth whose physical, intellectual and spiritual aspects of personality have taken shape, can solve the problems before independent India more efficiently. He chose the path of leadership development and leadership education for the goal of changing the face of our nation! Thus, Jnana Prabodhini was established in 1962 as an educational experiment for the intellectually gifted.

        Jnana Prabodhini - “Awakener of knowledge” - a movement for motivating intelligence towards social change. What began as an academic experiment for selected students, today has created its own identity as an organization acknowledged at national and international level. This is a movement to motivate every person’s intelligence for social change. As of today, departments of Jnana Prabodhini work in the following areas: Education, Research, Rural Development and Health, Youth Organization, Stree Shakti Prabodhan (Mobilisation of Women Power) and National Integration.

Headquarter - Pune
Centres - Nigdi, Solapur, Harali
Sub centres - Salumbre, Shivapur, Velhe
Extension centres - Ambajogai, Dombivali, Borivali



The founder of Jnana Prabodhini, Late Shri V.V. alias Appa Pendse was an Educationist, Social organizer, Patriot and an Active ideologue. In 1962, he envisioned an organization for putting into practice the thoughts of Swami Vivekanand -- his inspiration -- of changing the face of the Nation, through Man-making Education....