Banasthali Vidyapeeth University Jaipur
To realize a dream which he had cherished since his boyhood, Pandit Hiralal Shastri, the founding father of Banasthali Vidyapith, resigned his post of Secretary in the Home and Foreign Department in the erstwhile Jaipur State in 1927 and selected the remote village of Banthali (as Banasthali was originally called) as the centre of his life’s work. His plan was to organize a programme of rural reconstruction on the lines laid down by Gandhiji and also to train public workers in the service of the people.
Shastriji also wanted to train his daughter Shantabai as a social worker dedicated to the cause of women’s upliftment. But destiny ordained otherwise. After a brief illness of a day, Shantabai bade farewell to Banasthali on 25 April 1935 at the age of only 12 years.
To complete the unfinished task of his daughter, the Shri Shantabai Shiksha Kutir was started in October 1935 in the mud huts provided by the Jiwan Kutir, with six girls.