Keshav Memorial

Estd :1940
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Keshav Memorial Educational Society, though formally registered in 1967, was established in1940 .The Arya Samaj was in the forefront in all movements organized for the liberation of the Hyderabad state from the tentacles of the Nizam rule.

Justice Keshav Rao Koratkar (1867-1932) in whose sacred memory the society was formed, was an eminent educationist, social reformer and political activist. He was a very close friend of Lok Nayak Bal Gangadhar Tilak and on his request Keshavarao gave shelter to one of the Chapekar brothers who was wanted by the British police. In 1919 he missed his own daughter’s marriage to participate in the Khilaphat movement of the Indian national Congress for such was his commitment to the cause.

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    He studied in Gulbarga and started practising Law. Later in 1893 he shifted to Hyderabad and became a member of the Bar in Hyderabad. He also picked up interest in the activities of Arya Samaj and took membership. In 1904 he was elected president of Hyderabad Arya samaj.In 1921 Shri Keshav Rao Koratkar was elevated to the Bench of the Hyderabad High Court. He was elected the first president of Arya Prathinidi Sabha in 1931, and expired on 31 May 1932.

    Justice Keshav rao Koratkar started a Marathi medium school in Hyderabad and also one in Gulbarga. He was also responsible for the establishment of a Marathi Library in 1920 in Hyderabad. He was editor of a Marathi Monthly Raj Hansa.

    Justice Keshav rao Koratakar had two sons and one daughter. His first son was Vinayak rao Koratkar (1895-1963) who studied in Kangri Gurukul VishwaVidyalaya, founded by Swami Shradhananda and was awarded Vidyalankar degree. Thus he was called Vinayaka Rao Vidyalankar.He did his Bar-at-Law from Middleton Temple, London. He also studied in the Agricultural college,Pune.

    Pandit Vinayak Rao Vidyalankar had patriotism in his genes. After the death of his father, he was elected the president of Arya Prathinidhi Sabha.That was another reason for his nationalist spirit. He pratised law in Hyderabad from 1922 to 1950.He was president of Arya prathinidhi Sabha,president of Aryan educational Society, president Aryan Educational Conference ,Hyderabad, and president Hindhi Prachara Sabha.He was editor of Deccan law Reporter and Arya Bhoomi(Hindi Monthly).He was an MLA in Hyderabad state legislature from 1952 to 1956 during which period he was minister for finance in Burgula Ramakrishna Rao cabinet. After the formation of Andhra Pradesh in 1956, he became an MLA of Bombay state legislature from 1954-56.He was elected Member of Parliament from Hyderabad in 1957 and remained so till 1962.

    After Justice Keshav rao Koratkar passed away, Pandit Vinayakrao Vidyalankar wanted to create a memorial in his father’s name. After great efforts a middle school was started on 20th July 1940 in a rented building on Nampally station road with 10-15 students.

    In the beginning the school was imparting education from class I to V in Hindi Medium and within one year the strength grew to 100.The Nizam Government‘s fiat was that higher education should be in Urdu medium. So from VI class to X Class the medium of instruction used to be Urdu. After the police action in1948 i.e. from the academic year 1949-50 the Urdu medium was dispensed with .In 1950 a Girls ‘high school was started. The society has slowly started many educational institutions and many great persons were the alumni of our institutions. We follow the traditions of Arya Samaj.Our students do havan every Saturday.

    Our experience of these 75 years is an arch through which gleams the untraveled world’ We will try to strive further and that shall be our platinum jubilee (75 years) resolution and ‘Tomorrow to fresh woods and pastures new’.