The Trust has always taken a lead in initiating programs that benefit the local community. Some of them are;
Shree Kanubhai Mehta Vidya Vikas Kendra:
This is a centre that runs a rural education programme with Sunday Classes, Mobile Laboratory, Mobile Library, Science fair, Gujarati Language Enhancement programmes/competitions. It was established with the generous donation received from the friends and relatives of Late Shri Kanubhai Mehta towards ‘Shri Kanubhai Mehta Smarak Fund’ in the year 1994. Bright students from the schools surrounding Palanpur are chosen through an on line test and they are taught by the expert teachers of Vidyamandir Trust at the Sunday Classes. A mobile laboratory and library visits these schools as per a fixed schedule and various experiments are demonstrated by our science teacher in front of these students whose schools do not have the facilities of a laboratory. The van also carries various books which are issued to the students for several days. The centre organizes a ‘Children’s Fair’ every year on the death anniversary of Shri Kanubhai Mehta in which the students from these schools participate in a number of activities and competitions. It also conducts an examination named – Gujarati Pratibha Shodh Spardha i.e. Gujarati Talent Search Examination at district level every year. Programmes of teachers’ training are also organized occasionally.
Shri Kanubhai Vidya Vikas Kendra is situated Nr. Shri Kanubhai Mehta Auditorium, Vidyamandir Campus – 2, Palanpur. It has a staff of 05 people. People can visit this centre during office hours on all working days.
Shree Miten Vijay Mehta Centre for Professional Courses
It is a centre to train candidates for public service competitive examinations organized by Gujarat Public Service Commission, Union Public Service Commission, Banking Services Recruitment Board, Railways Recruitment Board, Staff Selection Commission etc. thereby increasing job opportunities for them. This long felt need of the youth of Palanpur has been satisfied with the charity of Shri Vijaybhai K.Mehta. It is situated at Taley Baug, Vidyamandir Campus, Palanpur.
Shri Kanubhai Mehta Scholarship Fund:
Awarded to the students of Banaskantha district studying in professional courses such as medicine, engineering, pharmacy, veterinary science, rural studies, agriculture, management etc.
Shri Kanubhai Prajapati
Shree Mangaljibhai Zaverchandbhai Mehta Vidyavistar Vyakhyanmala
A great surprise for the dignitaries invited to deliver lecture in this annual series of lectures is the thirst for knowledge of the people of Palanpur. The hall is full of Audience before time. Every year four to five guest speakers are invited from various strata of life from all over India and sometimes from abroad. The lecture series is ongoing for more than 29 years! It has become a phenomenon. It was started with the charity of Shri Mangaljibhai Zaverchandbhai Mehta family members in the year of 1981.
Shri Bharatbhai Vaid
Shri Bagmal Laxmichand Parikh Central Library:
The thirst of knowledge of the people of Palanpur will be satisfied by this unique library. A spacious building with ultra-modern facilities will make it a luxury for the lovers of reading.
Shri Kalpesh Shukla
This is an attempt by the Trust to restore the city to its original identity of ‘The City of Flowers’. A very old garden named ‘Jahan Ara Baug’ which had turned barren was leased by the trust for 25 years and has been developed into a beautifully landscaped public park– ‘Shashivan – Jahan Ara Baug’.
Palanpur Online website:
The Palanpuri Jains, many of them settled in far-off destinations, have still managed to remain a close-knit community. The website, palanpuronline.com, is another illustration of their efforts to always reach out to one another and their homeland. Its appeal is not limited to any particular community since it also serves as a miniature travel guide; discussing and displaying the places of historical and religious significance to the visitor.
Smt. Sushilaben Dalpatbhai Parikh Museum and Art Gallery:
This is the Trust’s effort to preserve the culture and history of Palanpur. The museum will house and display among many other aspects, the history, geography, folklore, flora and fauna, performing arts and traditions, architecture, life style, industries. The Taleybaug building is being transformed into a museum.