Chatrapati Rajashri Shahu Maharaj of Kolhapur, the son of Late Karveer Hutamata Chatrapati Chauthe Shivaji Maharaj, was a source of inspiration to the institution which was established in 1918. The institution runs 5 Senior Colleges, one Law College, one college of Physical Education, one Hotel Management Institute, 20 Junior Colleges, 45 High-Schools and one Primary School. The main object of the institution is to impart education to the economically backward, downtrodden and weaker sections of the society irrespective of the caste, creed, sex and religion. The growth of the institution during the past 90 years is noteworthy with its motto “Tejo Si Tejo Me Dehi”.
Shahu Maharaj donated grants in 1918 for building of Maratha Boarding in memory of Karver Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj IV who was humiliated and assassinated in the Ahmednagar fort by the British and cremated on the site opposite to this educational complex. Growth of the institute in past 88 years is consistent with its moto “Tejo Si Tejo Me Dehi”The college has campus admeasuring eight acres with specious buildings containing adequate facilities. The college also provides residential facilities to the students.