Sandipan Bhumre, the guardian minister of Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar district and the Minister of Employment Guarantee and Horticulture, commended Paithan, the birthplace of Sant Eknath Maharaj, for the honor of establishing the state's first Santpith. Within a span of just two years, the Santpith's reputation has soared to a national level, attracting students of Sant literature from various states to pursue their studies here.
He was speaking at the second convocation ceremony of the Santpith, conducted by Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, on Saturday. The event witnessed the distribution of certificates to 159 students from two batches, marking a milestone in preserving the rich tradition of Sants in the Marathwada region.
Event was attended by notable figures
The event was attended by notable figures including Vice Chancellor Dr Pramod Yeole, Pro-vice Chancellor Dr Sham Shirsat, Registrar Dr Bhagwan Sakhale, Coordinator Dr Praveen Vakte, Management Council member Dr Aparna Patil, Nitin Jadhav, Jyoti Yeole, former Deputy Mayor Sanjay Joshi, and others. 159 students from two batches were awarded certificates during the ceremony.
Bhumre highlighted the longstanding demand in Marathwada for a Santpith over the past 40 years, which was finally realised. He emphasised the importance of preserving the age-old tradition of Sants in the region and pledged efforts to provide skilled manpower and government facilities to the Santpith.
Vice Chancellor Dr Yeole expressed his dream for the Santpith to attain the status of an independent university, offering undergraduate, postgraduate, and PhD courses. The certificate distribution saw a total of 159 students from the second and third batches, bringing the overall count to around 500 over two years, as reported by Dr Vakte.
In recognition of his upcoming retirement, Bhumre felicitated Dr Yeole and his wife Jyoti Yeole. Dr Chakradhar Kothi conducted the proceedings, and Dr Sakhale proposed a vote of thanks. The success of the function was attributed to the efforts of Dr Radhakrishna Akolkar, Dr Jalindar Yeole, Dr Subhash Khetre, Dr Bhausaheb Netke, Dr Arun Wakale, Dr Pranita Deshpande, and others involved.