Bhauji's desire was that Madhav should
become a doctor. As preparatory to it, Madhav joined the course of First
Year Science in Ferguson College, Pune, in June 1922. But that was not
to be. On account of a new rule to admit only the residents of that province
in the Pune College Madhav returned to Nagpur and secured admission in
the Hislop College. He stayed in the house of his maternal uncle and pursued
Madhavrao was a brilliant student in
his college days. Once, during the course of a class-lecture, the teacher,
Prof. Gardener, wrongly quoted a verse from the Bible. Madhavrao promptly
pointed it out, "Sir, what you said is not accurate. The line reads thus."
The surprised teacher, who had taught the Bible for years, sent for a copy
of the text. It was found that what Madhavrao had recalled was the correct
version. The learned professor was all praise for the talent and memory
of his young student.
On another occasion, while lecturing
on a particular plant, the professor of botany said, "This plant is not
available in this region." Madhavrao kept silent for the time being. But
on the very next day, he displayed his keen observation by producing in
the class the said plant, which he had brought from beneath an old bridge
in the city.
In 1924 he passed his Intermediate
Science in First Class.
Later, Madhavrao joined Banaras Hindu
University for his B.Sc. course.