With the blessings of Mahatma Gandhi, Kulapati K. M. Munshi founded Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in 1938 in Mumbai.
Bhavan was established around the time when freedom was not in doubt; the question was how soon. With freedom round the corner, people were concerned about the New India that would emerge soon. Munshiji not only dreamed of a resurgent India he also felt the need to work towards it. This resulted in the founding of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan to propagate Indian culture, values and Sanskrit language.
Dr. Munshiji thought that the best way the great traditions of this country could be transmitted to the coming generations is through education based on the value systems that our forefathers dreamt of. A vision of ‘Aa No Bhadraah Kratavo Yantu Vishvatah’ Let Noble Thoughts Come To Us From Every Side’ and ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ -The world is one family.
The Bhavan has its roots firmly embedded in the Indian soil, but its spreading branches reach out to encompass the best of the modern world in the fields of science, technology, economics and management. The Bhavan is a unique institution where Sanskrit classes are found side-by-side with engineering colleges; Gita classes function along with the Institutes of Management; traditional teaching of fine arts as well as the teaching of modern science, arts and commerce is found in its schools and colleges.
Bhavan has in its fold over 75 schools, 12 colleges and 33 other education institutions besides partnering government and other public/private institutions. Through these various schools and colleges - kindergarten to Post Graduate and Research levels - that are spread across the nation, imparts education in streams ranging from Sanskrit, Indology, Indian Culture, Indian Classical Music, Dance, Drama, Yoga, Classical Languages and Ancient Scriptures to Arts, Science, Commerce, Engineering, Modern Management, Mass Communication, Information Technology and Foreign Languages such as French, Spanish, Russian, German and Japanese.
Thus Bhavan's programmes cover "all aspects of life- from cradle to the grave and beyond... it fills a growing vacuum in modern life" as Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru observed when he first visited the Bhavan in 1950. The main purpose of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan is to provide a modern bridge to span the past, the present and the future, built on a strong foundation of the fundamental values of life.
The Bhavan has its centres in London, New York, Australia at Sydney, Kuwait, Doha and Abu Dhabi.