Panjabrao alias Bhausaheb Deshumkh, the first Agriculture Minister of Government of India founded Shri Shivaji Education Society, Amravati in 1932 with noble aim of taking Dyanaganga to the doorsteps of common people.
He was born at village Papad in the district of Amravati on December 27, 1898. By the time he passed away on April 10, 1965, he had laid a firm foundation for dissemination of education among downtrodden and dispossessed regions of the country. He knew that prosperity would come only when the weapon of knowledge became available to all. For this purpose he made a small beginning with the establishment of Shri shivaji education society at Amravati.
Besides working tirelessly for peasants of Vidarbha, he dedicated himself for the prosperity and development of nation. His contributions towards the nation were recognized when he was selected by Jawaharlal Nehru to become the first AgriculturalMinister in union cabinet. He actively participated with his talent and dedication for formulation and implementation of policies that would bring prosperity in the agricultural sector. He established the 'Bharat Krushak Samaj" and launched a campaign called 'Food for Millions' in the year 1955. He brought in the Japanese method of rice cultivation in 1958 and organized the world agriculture fair at Delhi in 1959 which was inaugurated by the then President of the US, Dwight Eisenhower. The fair was visited by dignitaries across the world, some of them being; Nikita Khrushchev, the President of the USSR, Mr. Bulganin, secretary of Communist Party of Soviet Russia, Lord and Lady Mountbatten, and many others. Dr. Deshmukh encouraged establishment of agriculture universities all across the country, and gave extended huge support for agricultural education, agricultural research and related extension activities. He wanted to ensure that the final beneficiary of all this enterprise would be an ordinary farmer. He opened rural institutes that would train youngsters in the engineering and technical aspects of farming. Dr. Deshmukh also made useful contribution as a member of draft committee for the constitution of Republic of India chaired by Dr. B R Ambedkar.