Pune – second largest city of Maharashtra saw enormous growth after Independence from the British in 1947 and transformed into a modern metropolis. The educational sector in the city continued its growth in the post-independence era with the establishment of the University of Pune (now, Savitribai Phule Pune University) in 1949, the National Chemical Laboratory in 1950 and the National Defence Academy in 1955.
The University of Pune is named after Savitribai Phule, a 19th-century Indian social reformer who is known for her contribution towards empowerment and emancipation of women through education. She and her husband Mahatma Jyotirao Phule founded India’s first native run school for girls in 1848.
Its location has historical significance as some of the incidents of Battle of Khirkee, during Third Anglo-Maratha War, took place where the present-day university is located. The present day man building was built in 1864 and was known as the Governor’s House. The University has affiliated colleges, department, and research institutes, which are primarily in Pune and was ranked 9th in India overall by the National Institutional Ranking Framework in 2018.
The motto of University of Pune stresses on Kriyavaan; that is the one who is engrossed in creative action. Shivvardhan Marathon connects with the motto as it always thinks in a creative way and this year they are spreading health awareness by connecting people with the city’s rich heritage.
Shivvardhan believes that each one of us has a creative mind which helps us in doing some creative work, but most of the people are unaware of it; and they are giving us an opportunity to realize our potential of creative thinking by including University Road in its 10 km Marathon run. They want us to complete this run with our creative mind by exploring the University Road and entering PMC area.
So let’s think something creative by taking part in this run; let’s explore our University Road; let’s have some vision of reinventing ourselves; let’s have a morning glimpse of our favourite theatres; let’s take a round of our Municipal Corporation and let’s have that feeling of victory while entering Shaniwar Wada as a finisher of The Heritage Run.