Shiksha Mandal is a century-old institution based at Wardha, which was founded by Shri Jamnalal Bajaj in 1914 and it was deeply influenced by freedom struggle and Gandhiji. Its objective was for shaping educated manpower who would be instrumental in the nation's development. An important part of the national movement, the Mandal had the good fortune of receiving guidance from Gandhiji and other eminent national leaders. The Mandal has the distinction of hosting the first Indian Education Conference, which was presided over by Gandhiji.
Starting with a school, the Mandal has grown into a phalanx of ten colleges spread across Wardha and Nagpur in diverse disciplines with around 10,000 students on its rolls. Some of these are GS College of Commerce & Economics, Nagpur, and at Wardha Jankidevi Baiaj College of Science, Ramakrishna Bajaj College of Agriculture, Agriculture Science Course and Shrikishnadas Jajoo Grameen Seva Mahavidyalaya which are known for providing values based on quality education at low cost. Many of its institutions have received honours for their high standard of education. Its Science College has been adjudged as a 'College with Potential for Excellence' by the University Grants Commission.
Shiksha Mandal’s Acharya Shrimannarayan Tantra Niketan at Wardha, which is an Engineering Polytechnic, has had two of its programs in Rural and Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering accredited by the National Board of Accreditation, New Delhi. Its Engineering Polytechnic has been declared as 'Excellent' by the Maharashtra Government and its Agriculture College has been rated 'A' by its affiliating University. The Mandal is also associated with developmental activities in rural areas, vocational education through Community Polytechnic and other programmes.
Students of its various educational institutions excel not only in academics but also in sports and extracurricular activities. They are groomed to succeed in life. Many eminent personalities including Mr. Harish Salve, Mr. Udayan Sen, Mr. Ramesh Chandak and Justice Ravi Deshpande are alumni of the Shiksha Mandal.
Shiksha Mandal started Bajaj Institute of Technology at Wardha in 2017 with an objective to provide quality engineering education. It is committed to produce industry-ready engineers and good human beings, who will innovate, deliver their best in the profession and in turn, will contribute to nation building.
Conscious of its legacy, but focused on the future, the Mandal has excellent laboratory, computer, internet and library facilities in its colleges.