The Vidyavardhini Trust has, over the past 45 years, grown like a banyan tree spreading its foliage of quality education in and around Vasai that has transformed from a quiet village to the vibrant city that it is today. From the 220 students who enrolled in 1971 in one college, we are at present a huge family with around 9000 students in three colleges. The Annasaheb Vartak College of Arts, Kedarnath Malhotra College of Commerce & the E. S. Andrades College of Science came up first. The Bhausaheb Vartak Polytechnic was established in 1985 and the Vidyavardhini's College of Engineering & Technology in 1995. In this, we see how far-sighted our founders , Padmashree Shree Bhausaheb Vartak and Shree C. R. Rajani were, and we are eternally grateful to them. Being part of the Vidyavardhini family from its inception till today and seeing its immense growth fills my heart with pride. I am sure that the colleges will accept the new challenges in the education system and scale new heights. My best wishes to the Principals and their staff and students.