UWC Mahindra College bears the name of the two individuals who generously bought the land and buildings that make up our College- the late Mr. Harish Mahindra and the Chairperson of our Board of Directors- Mr. Keshub Mahindra of the Mahindra & Mahindra Group. Their vision was to build a school that would bring students from around the world together to live and learn in India. Permission to build and open the College was granted by the Indian Government’s Cabinet Committee on political affairs in 1993, with construction beginning two years later with Dr. David Wilkinson as the founding Head of College.
As the years have passed, the vision of the founding fathers, Harish and Keshub Mahindra, for the College to play an increasingly important role in the life of the surrounding villages has also been realized. From the early days, outreach programmes in rural health and education have been developed. Our Triveni Programme has evolved over the years to grapple and adapt to the complexities of a changing environment.
In 2008, as part of the college’s 10th anniversary celebrations, the Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh inaugurated a unique Biodiversity Park & Reserve on the our campus, reiterating the college’s commitment to the environment and its preservation. A special project initiative by the faculty and students of the College, the Van Vihar Biodiversity Park and Reserve covers approximately 170 acres and aims to enhance the existing species of flora and fauna in this section of the Western Ghats which is considered a global biodiversity hotspot.
More recently, a major partnership with the local high school to provide supplementary education in English, Mathematics, Science and Computer Science has already seen a dramatic rise in standards and the first scholarship entry of students from that school into UWC Mahindra College. The Akshara program has now been incorporated as a local impact initiative of the College and is a way to put UWC ideals into action. They now reach over 600 young people from kindergarden to post-10th, women and tribal populations.
In 2012, we celebrated the 15th Year Anniversary of the opening of UWC Mahindra College (formerly known as the Mahindra United World College of India). This coincided with a renewed visioning process from our Head of College and Board members. We are currently working towards the creation of a strategic Plan document which will guide our future developments.
As part of the 15th Year Anniversary of the college, we started a process through which we developed the Vision 22 - a vision of what we hope the College will look like in the year 2022. There are three areas that are being explored: Diversity through Scholarships, Experiential Project Based Learning and a Sustainable Campus.