Yesterday he was selling Ice Candies on Street Stalls,Today he owns a University.
We have heard many stories where a person is renowned, because he is a big cheese, has good educational background or has good family support, but here is a story of a person who has built his career brick by brick. We are talking about Sh. Khodidas Patel, the President of RK University, Read more
who was once struggling even for one time meal. Fighting against all odds, today he is the owner of RK University.Sh. Khodidas Shyamjibhai Patel was the 5th among 9 of his siblings. Born in a poor family, Khodidasbhai’s father was a laborer in a factory and used to work on daily wages to provide the necessities to his family. When he was in Grade 5th he started working in a box making factory with an aim to be as helpful as possible to his family.As a child he was ready to take over any kind of work that was ethical and rewarded him with good amount of money. Therefore he took over a job in one of the street stalls, selling ice candies and joined an oil engine factory. While he was in grade 8th, many of his classmates used to tease him as his father was a daily wage earner. And this was something which he couldn’t tolerate. Therefore, that was the moment he decided to be a rich man one day.Khodidas bhai left his studies after 10th but not his education. He became the most sincere student of “Life” and learned the most important lessons that life taught him. At the age of 16, he started his own box making factory and started ferrying to increase sales. Both the experience of working in box factory and oil factory brought a turning point to his life and with that he set up his first Watch Case factory as well. For expansion of the business he also moved to Hongkong and stood up with his different identity as a businessman.Though he could not complete his studies, he had a strong desire to give something better to the society. Khodidasbhai with his great vision, concentrated on the major problem in the field of education which he realized when his elder son, Denish Patel faced the same. In order to solve this problem, Khodidasbhai established RK Group of Colleges which offered Management & Physiotherapy courses in 2005 and later added engineering, pharmacy, applied science & computer applications courses as well. In 2011, RK Group of Colleges was honored with University status, making it the first self financed university in Saurashtra – Kutch, which currently offers over 50+ programs from diploma to doctoral level.It is rightly said that, “Knowledge is power, if applied” and the real proof of this is RK University, a dream of a common man.