The educational Institute named Arts Commerce and Science College at Shankarnagar has an interesting story in its making. In fact, Bhaskarrao Patil Khatgaonkar, The then Minister for states for Co-operation, with a view to facilitate the poor rural people of the region with higher education, decided to establish the trust named Godawari Manar Charitable Trust at Shankarnagar. The trust aimed at establishing educational institutes wherever deemed fit. The Arts, Commerce and Science College is such a seed sown that time which has grown up into its full stature.The Arts, Commerce and Science College was established in November 1991 with the relentless efforts of Hon. Bhaskarraoji Patil, Khatgaonkar, a renowned Politician and the then Minister for states for Co-operation Govt. of Maharashtra. The Geographical location of the college is very funny. It is a place situated in between the area girdled by “Godavari” (47kms) and “Manar” (15kms) rivers. It is a Gram-Panchayat Locality which keeps its ties with the boundaries of two states viz. Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. Basically, it is an undeveloped area, which was made free from the unjust rule of “The Nizam of Hyderabad” in 1948, one year after Indian independence. The place is remotely located (57 Km. from Nanded City, 27 Km. Degloor Tahesil & 24 Km. from Biloli Tahesil). The students desiring to pursue higher education had no other alternative than to go to the above places to avail higher education facility. The farmers, sugar factory employees, labors, sugar-cane cutters in this area were deprived of the Higher education facility in this region. With one of the objectives to enable the students (particularly girls) of the adjoining areas willing to pursue higher education, the management took an ambitious step to establish this college. The college upholds the ideals of its founding fathers to achieve excellence in higher education, empowerment through knowledge, inclusive growth for socio-economic change and sustainable development through hard work and sincere efforts by all associated with this 24 year old institution.
Though the college is in a Grampanchayat locality, we neither detered from our purpose of bringing the poor rural masses into the main stream of higher education nor lost hopes of developing the college amidst all odds. It is this kind of attempt that led the college to face NAAC in 2004 and achieved C++ despite all odds. But the boosting up by the president in the form of “Vision Document” proved to be very helpful. The Vision Document by the president led the administrator and the staff to work hopefully for the overall development of the students. Our college has been providing numbers of infrastructural and advanced facilities with the assistance of UGC grants of various types .The steadiness in academic approach and the devotion on the part of the staff are the key features of the college.