In January 1885, Namdar Gopal Krishna Gokhale joined New English School, Pune as a teacher at the scanty salary of Rs. 35. For him truth and moral uprightness were of highest importance. That is why Mahatma Gandhi regarded him as his guru. During the Congress Convention in 1905, Gokhale clearly stated, “Public life must be spiritualized.” Gokhale, impassionate lover of the motherland strived hard for India throughout his life. Anyone, who would come in his company feel the presence of the Almighty with him. The thought that we must start an institution named after this Great Soul was constantly kept roaming in the mind of Prin.T.A.Kulkarni since 5th December, 1912 when he started New English School in Kashibai Dharmashala building in Mumbai. Other teachers like D.G.Mulherkar, Achrya Bhise, Y.M.Lad and B.S.Sanjagiri along with Prin.T.A.Kulkarni had already joined the school.
The school was already approved by the government. The student strength was 290 from 1st to 3rd standards. There were branches of Marathi and Gujrathi medium. High school was in English medium. In 1918 the first batch of matriculation was to appear for the examination and their forms were to be sent to the University. At that time, as per the advice of N. M. Joshi,the labour leader and G. K. Deodhar, who both were members of the Servants of India Society; Prin. T. A. Kulkarni has happily agreed to hand over the school and form educational society. He was in constant efforts to get Namdar Gokhale’s consent for giving his name since 1912. However Namdar Gokhale passed away in 1915. Prin. Kulkarni desired that at least after his death the institution should be named after him.
After that Prin.T.A.Kulkarni (Kakasaheb) used to come to Pune to procure the requisite permission from Govindrao, Namdar Gokhale’s brother. The occasion was the 80th birthday of Dr.Ramkrishna Gopal Bhandarkar. 4th July 1917. Shrimant Bhavanrao Pantpratinidhi, Rajesaheb of the Aundh State was the Chief Guest. The function was going to be held at Barrister Jaykar’s bungalow. Principal T.A.Kulkarni, a founder of an educational institution, was one of the invitees and therefore both of them met. In the course of discussion it was revealed that Prin.T.A.Kulkarni was going to establish a school in the name of Namdar Gokhale. When Bhavanrao came to know this, he said, “I am very happy that the institution is being named after Gopal Krishna Gokhale. I will make a donation of Rs 50,000.” Immediately Kulkarni countered, “I have yet to take permission from Govindrao, brother of Gokhale for naming our society. Today Dr. Bhandarkar is completing 81 years and we both are here to felicitate him for his life and work and this donation be declared for him.” Rajesaheb was very much touched by the transparent and illuminating personality as reflected from what Kulkarni said. In his address, Rajesaheb mentioned this fact and stated that today I met a person in this assembly who is going to start the Society in the name of Namdar Gopal Krishna Gokhale and I desired to give the donation for the same. But this self-less person clearly stated that the institute is yet be named and in today’s grand function, it will be appropriate to honour Dr. Bhandarkar on his 81st birth anniversary.
Referring to this Rajesaheb said, in order to carry forward inspiring and immortal work of research in Mahabharata of Dr. Bhandarkar, I declare a munificent donation for the institution to be named after Dr. Bhandarkar on his 81st day, to be utilized for research on Mahabharata. It is through this event that Bhandarkar Institute was born on this day. It was after this function that Prin.T.A.Kulkarni met Govindrao alogn with Rajesaheb and obtained his consent.
Immediately there after four more life members were enrolled required for the establishment of the Society and on 19th February 1918, which day was the third death anniversary of Namdar Gokhale,Prin.T.A.Kulkarni announced the establishment of Gokhale Education Society. N. M. Joshi, the labour leader and G. K. Deodhar, both being founder members of the Servants of IndiaSociety were present when Prin.T.A.Kulkarni announced birth of the Society.
Then Shrimant Bhavanrao also helped Principal T.A.Kulkarni to procure a donation from the Thakarsey family and received the first donation Rs. 50000/- for a school at Mumbai. Thus Mumbai, which was the birth place became the first center of the Society. Later on in 1924,Shriman Seth Hansraj Thakarsey donated Rupees two and half lakhs for establishing a center of higher education launched at Nasik for the reserve fund as per the University rules and Hansraji Pragji Thakarsey College was born at Nashik, being the first Mofussil college in the then Bombay Presidency.