One of the greatest sons of India the late Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel inspired Shri Bhaikaka and Shri Bhikabhai Saheb to have rural renaissance of post-independent India through education, and thus Charutar Vidya Mandal was born. Charutar Vidya Mandal(CVM) was established in the year 1945 as a charitable trust with a prime objective of rural development through education to bring about the social awakening, social upliftment and enrichment. The uniqueness of Charutar Vidya Mandal lies in its ability to give an outlet of quality education and use it as a powerful means of social transformation. It was an up heel task for the founders to establish a visionary organization; but the large-heartedness and high sense of philanthropy of this region made it possible. Over the subsequent years, Dr. H M Patel consolidated the efforts put in by the founders. Later on, in the early 1990s, when Dr. C L Patel took over the reigns of Charutar Vidya Mandal as the Chairman, the country was facing a major economic and ideological change paving the way for globalization and liberalization.
This generated two major challenges for the sector of education – (a) Withdrawal of monetary support by the government to educational institutions, and (b) Need for new programs and courses to meet with the emerging demands in science, technology and business arising out of a globalized and liberalized world. Dr. C L Patel with his dynamic leadership, missionary zeal and visionary outlook successfully took up the challenges.He began a herculean task of establishing self financing colleges in the areas of Technology, Science and Engineering, Commerce and Management, offering emerging and innovative courses and programs such as Mechatronics, Automobile Engineering, Bio-technology, Food Processing Technology, E-Commerce, Valuation, etc. at present the investment of Charutar Vidya Mandal stands tall as it amounts more than US$ 30 million.
Apart from this, a new self- contained Satellite Township called New Vallabh Vidyanagar, a dream project of Dr. C L Patel, has sprawled over 100 acres and has already received an investment of around US$ 20 million. Dr. C L Patel’s unique leadership attracts many philanthropists to contribute wholeheartedly to the development of Charutar Vidya Mandal. Today Charutar Vidya Mandal is engrossed with the effort of empowering budding graduates to live up to the ever-changing environment and equipping them to face the Third Millennium with confidence and competence. To build competitive advantages is the renewed focus of Charutar Vidya Mandal in 21st century. At present, Charutar Vidya Mandal operates 30 Educational Institutions from schools to colleges, and a sophisticated Research Institute, with over 30,000 students on the rolls.