Gopika Sitaram Gawande Mahavidyalaya, Umarkhed, run by YAVATMAL ZILHA AKHIL KUNBI SAMAJ, UMARKHED, Formerly known as ARTS and COMMERCE COLLEGE was established in 1966 by JANATA SHIKSHAN PRASARK MANDAL, PUSAD, DIST YAVATMAL. It was handed over to present Society in 1976. The founder president Late Shree Narayanraoji Wankhede has established Yavatmal Zilha Akhil Kunbi Samaj Society to impart education to rural and educationally deprived people of Society.
Umarkhed is one of the most rural and tribal areas of Yavatmal district and far away from most common developments. Due to poor financial conditions the college was not having its own building, the classes were taken at high school on rent basis. Late Narayan Patil Wankhede, Adv. Shree Anantraojee Deosarkar and their coworkers were kin about to provide adequate facilities to the students. The first step towards this was to acquire land. State Govt. has handed over 33 acres of Land about 2.5 Km from Umarkhed to construct College Building. The basement work of the main building was completed in 1980. For this, fund were raised from local community, farmers and donors.
The work was incomplete till Dr. Atmaramji Gawande & Shushila gawande(NRI) ATHENS, OHIO, USA visited Umarkhed with their son and daughter who were honored by college management in high school. He has committed to help this college at and Dr. Gawande donated seed money for the construction of college building. Major amount was collected from local community. Main Building of College was Inaugurated in December 1987, renaming the college after the name of Dr. Atmaramji Gawande's mother GOPIKABAI SITARAM GAWANDE COLLEGE, UMARKHED in Dec. 1988. To meet the challenges college has started science faculty in 1990.
By this time the campus is taking shape but water scarcity is the main hurdle ahead. Thanks to Rotary international and Dr A S Gawande for generous help for Drinking water project. To meet the requirement of Laboratory and Library in 1995 Library building has been constructed out of Dr A S Gawandes fund. To be race with IT boom we have started computer courses. A well equipped and well furnished computer lab is setup from a project sponsored jointly by Rotary Club Nanded and Rotary International. During IX plan period UGC has sanctioned seed amount for Boys Hostel and Girls Hostel Building. We could not complete these unless timely fund is sanctioned by Dr Atmaram Gawande. Well furnished hostel facility are available to both girls and boys who were earlier deprived from education.
The infrastructure is the main part of institution and need special attention. However at the same time we were looking for how better academic facilities can be made available to students. Thanks are due to UGC for sanctioning grants to Remedial Coaching and College Science Improvement Program. Apart from this we have arranged guest lecture series, conducted competitive exam coaching, sports facility, financial aid , library facility and all such which will help student for all-round development. After passing their first degree students are joining higher Education in respective fields