With respect to the issue of renaming the RPD circle to Veer Madakari Nayaka circle, the South Konkan Education Society has sent a letter to the Deputy Commissioner who is also the administrator of the City Corporation now, requesting him to kindly drop the proposal to rename the RPD Circle.
The letter also requests to name one of the important and beautiful gardens in the city the name of Honorable ‘Veer Madakari Nayaka’.
To add to this, The Belagavi City Corporation (BCC) has invited objections to send a report to the government about renaming the RPD Circle in Belagavi Veer Madakari Nayak Circle. “The objections received within a fortnight will be reviewed and sent to the government,” DC Nitesh Patil said.
BCC commissioner Rudresh Ghali said that since the circle is on the national highway, the public works department will review the objections.
Sources have confirmed that many others have also filed their objections in this regard with the authorities.
Also, the Councilors are yet to take an oath and how is the Belagavi city corporation passing such a resolution when the house is not in force is also a point of discussion for many.
The Rani Parvati Devi (RPD ) College got its name from Smt. Rani Parvati Devi was the Rajmata (Queen) of Sawantwadi, a princely state under Bombay Province, later after the merger of Sawantwadi principality with the Indian Union.
Smt. Rani Parvati Devi (1907-1961) was a member of the royal family of Bhosle’s of Sawantwadi. She was born on 1st May 1907 as the daughter of Raja Fateh Singh Raje Gaikwad of Baroda.
However, Rajmata Smt. Rani Parvati Devi had her summer palace at Hindalga and used to reside in Belagavi. Rajmata Smt. Rani Parvati Devi had a philanthropic gift and used to do various services designed to aid the poor and aged and to increase the welfare of children, she contributed to and improved aspects like health, education and women’s development. She provided free education to a large number of her subjects, organized adult education, and gave scholarships to poor students. The Rajmata is a sterling example of one who used private means to enhance public causes.
South Konkan Education Society’s Rani Parvati Devi College popularly known as RPD proudly bears the name of its chief patron the Rajmata Smt. Rani Parvati Devi of Sawantwadi. Rani Parvati Devi College was started in Sawantwadi in 1945 and later shifted to Belagavi in 1947-48.
In the year 1947-48 the area was hit by a dreaded pandemic of malaria and the then management of the college at Sawantwadi decided to close the college. Social workers and Freedom Fighters from Belagavi namely, Shri. Baburao Thakur, Dr. G. V. Herekar, Shri. Annasaheb Lathe (then Hon. Minister in Bombay State), Shri. Gangadharrao Deshpande, Shri. V. V. Herwadkar, Dr. Y. K. Prabhu and many more requested the Rajmata to shift the college to Belagavi and not to close it down. The Rajmata readily agreed and the college was shifted to South Konkan Education Society campus in Belagavi on 1 January 1948.
Serval eminent people like Jnanapeeth awardee, Shri Vinayak Govind Karandikar (Vinda Karandikar), Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan awardee, Shri. Purshottam Laxman Deshpande (Pu. La. Deshpande), Bhartiya Sanskriti Sanshodhak Shri. Kallappa Giriyappa Kundanagar, whose centenary was celebrated by Govt. of Karnataka and many other illustrated and distinguished people have served in RPD College. Many national awardees like musicians, scientists, writers, dramatists, actors and sports persons are proud alumni of the RPD College started by Rajmata Smt. Rani Parvati Devi.
Goa’s freedom struggle has had a very close linkage with the city of Belagavi and particularly the RPD College started by Rajmata Smt. Rani Parvati Devi. National Congress Goa and Azad Gomantak Dal’s activists were Goan students of RPD College. Other students, teachers and the management headed by its president H.H. Rani Parvati Devi, Ranisaheb of Sawantwadi lent their precious support to the freedom movement of Goa quite actively.
Today RPD is a landmark and a household name in Belagavi.