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 Key Work Area : Leadership Development
Being a Psychologist by profession, Shri Appa Pendse had studied various styles of leadership for his doctoral thesis. It had given him the confidence that if congenial atmosphere exists or is created, the motivation for changing the society gets triggered, more precious so, in the intellectually gifted students. They become even minded, balanced and dedicated workers who can competently fight any contingency and bring about a desirable change in various walks of life. He was aware and the same was empirically proved later, that ‘intelligence’ is prevalent in all socio-economic strata of the society. He also knew that the conventional concept of Intelligence Quotient (IQ) was fading out fast and an in-depth model was required to give a profile of everybody’s intelligence. There could be as many as 120 facets of intelligence. How to identify these facets in the impressionable age and harness their development through education, training and later in real life situations, has been a great challenge. This gave rise initially to a unique institution conducting supplementary enrichment programs for brilliant students at the high school level. Over a period of 50 years now, it has emerged into a well spread and multi-dimensional organization conducting various experiments in Motivation Building and Attitude Formation, in various work fields with a view to providing a conducive environment for leadership development, required to bring about the desired social change in our country.

The Fields of Work and Spread
To date, this work is carried out in seven sectors by Jnana Prabodhini, viz. Education, Research, Health, Rural development, Stree Shakti Prabodhan, National Integration and Youth Organization. In other sectors, promotional activities are conducted depending on the availability of human and other resources. The Head quarter of Jnana Prabodhini is in Pune ( Maharashtra ). It has got 3 full-fledged Centres within the state, viz. at Nigdi (Dist. Pune), Solapur ( Dist. Solapur ) and Harali ( Dist. Osmanabad ); 4 Sub-centres at Khed-Shivapur, Velhe, Salumbre ( Dist. Pune ) and Shirwal (Dist. Satara ); 3 Extension centres at Ambajogai ( Dist. Beed ), Dombiwali and Boriwali in Mumbai. There are 3 Activities Centres at Sangli ( Dist. Sangli ), Ichalkaranji ( Dist. Kolhapur ), and Chikhali ( Dist. Pune ). Informal work groups are functional in about 25 districts of Maharashtra and in 6 States of India, including the surrounding states of Gujrath, Madhya Pradesh, Chhatisgarh and Karnatak, while the National border states, viz. Arunachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir.

A Social Movement for building Bridges
Jnana Prabodhini is not only a cluster of Public Charitable Trusts, but a social movement emphasizing the need of ‘meeting of minds’ working across social, economic, religious and political differences for one and the same goal of upliftment of our great country. Thus, this is an educational movement in the public domain reaching each and every social and financial strata of the society through all-round development. The rural and under privileged sections of the society get priority in work energy allocation.


Vision and Mission

A complete metamorphosis of our ancient society into a vibrant Nation, with spirituality at its core and manifestation of excellence and modernity into an outwardly diverse yet internally integrated human life, is the vision of Jnana Prabodhini....


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....