Vidyarthi Sahayyak Samiti is an organisation which has transformed the lives of thousands of students from rural areas. Vidyarthi Sahayyak Samiti is a registered charitable trust under Maharashtra Public Trust Act 1950 with Charity Commissioner Office, Pune having Registration No. E-219 (Pune). Senior mathematician Dr. Achyutrao Apte, freedom fighter Haribhau Phatak, Smt. Sumitratai Kerkar and others started the work in 1955 with the objective of arranging lodging and boarding facilities at very affordable cost in Pune to boys from economically weaker sections willing to struggle to achieve a goal. The mission started by arranging meals for 5 students in the families of local citizens. As the next step, arrangement for boarding was also made for them. Samiti is not merely a lodging and boarding ; here, apart from providing these facilities, maximum importance is given to the task of personality development. Samiti functions on the principles of cleanliness, equality and dignity of labour.