Pritviraj Chavan, Chief Minister of Maharashtra has declared assistance of Rs. 2 Crores for Bhagwan Mahaveer Jain Chair of Shivaji University. He declared it in a function of Acharya Shantisagar's 56th death anniversary held at Kumbhoj near Bahubali in Southern Maharashtra. This will help the chair to improve efficiency. The chair wants to launch many research projects especially related to the history of Jainism in this region. The Chief Minister also declared Rs 50 Lakhs for the memorial of Karmaveer Bhaurao Patil, a great educationalist of 20th century. The Chief Minister appreciated the Jain way of life based on non violence, tolerance and self control and assured that he will personally try to get national minority status for Jain community. Arun Gujarathi, Ex Speaker of Maharashtra said in his speech that our nation needs to apply Jain philosophy as it teaches to develop humanitarian values and come together irrespective of differences. A huge crowd of Jains and non- Jains from Sangli, Kolhapur and Belgaum districts was present on the occasion.