Shri Gujarati Samaj has contributed largely to the educational scenario of Indore. Its 85 years old history tells the tale of the sacrifice and devotion of the elders of that era. It has no match in the present. A few Gujarati families made this place their home in the 2nd decade of 20th Century. Their aim was to earn a living. At that time they realized that their children would be cut off from the Gujarati language, culture and tradition due to lake of a Gujarati medium school. Keeping this thing in mind a small school was opened in a single room at the Jail Road in the year 1922 with just 8-10 students. In due course of time, it occurred to them that even the localities were lacking a proper school. This fact motivated them to push the thought of income in the back of their minds and established numerous educational institutions one after another. Thus a small seed sown in the direction of giving education to Gujarati Children some 85 years back grew into a large tree with branches in every field from primary schools, middle schools to the colleges of different subjects. Today the Gujarati community residing in Indore has taken to the Malwi Culture and the Malwi and Gujarati Cultures thus have found a common ground here. This is the reason why Malwi people dance the tunes of Garba during the Navaratra so enthusiastically.
At present Shri Gujarati Samaj is a large educational organization dedicated to the cause of education. It represents, not only the city, but entire Madhya Pradesh. It is running 9 colleges and 6 schools run by Shri Gujarati Samaj with around 1250 teachers and other employees where approximately 24168 students are studying towards their better future. For the convenience of students Shri Gujarati Samaj is running 72 buses mostly at every routes of city.
The Samaj has also made its foray in the medical field with onset of Homeopathy Medical College and Research Center. Similar career oriented professional course have been started in Gujarati Professional college in the year 2001. The Samaj also started B.Ed. College in July 2005 and a new college namely Shri Gujarati Samaj Innovative College of Commerce and Science in July 2006. The Samaj has also started College of Pharmacy in July 2007.
Around 1250 teachers and other employees are serving to the cause of imparting education and near about 24,168 students are taking education under the aegis of the Gujarati Samaj. It is a matter of pride for the Samaj that amongst every 7 students of the University one student belongs to Gujarati College. Shri Gujarati Samaj has given Political Leaders, Ministers, I.A.S. Officers, Successful Industrialists, Scientists etc. to the nation. Another achievement of the Samaj is that the MP Minority Commission has also recognized the educational institutions run by Shri Gujarati Samaj as educational Institutions run by the Linguistic Minority Community and given it Linguistic Minority Certificate. Shri Gujarati Samaj also gives financial support to women for self-reliance. Gujarati women are given free training of Tailoring.
Various Linguistic and cultural exchange Programmes are organized from time to time. The Samaj has built R.R. Contractor Guest House for the convenience of travellers and 200 people can be accommodated here. Shri Gujarati Samaj is also open to the thought of social service and the following charitable services are being run by it.
Smt. Rukhamaniben Deepchandhai Gardi Parmarthic Charitable Trust Ambulance Services, Smt. Kamlaben Raojibhai Patel Community Hall, Nasia Road, Indore, Shri Gujarati Samaj Seva Vahan, Smt. Naliniben Bhogilal Shah Gujarati Library, Shri Gujarati Samaj Polio Centre and 8 O.P.D. Centre of Homeopathic.
The main aim of the Samaj is service without any self interest.