Pravara Rural Education Society's


A/P Loni, Taluka:Rahata, Dist.Ahmednagar Pin : 413713

Affiliated to Savitribai Phule Pune University Pune Id No. PU/NA/ASC/(016)1971

NAAC Re-Accredited at A Grade College with CGPA 3.61 out of 4., College of Excellence., ISO 9001 : 2008 Certified., Recipient of Best Rural College Award by Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune 2001-02 and 2009-10.

   Late Padmashri Dr. Vitthalrao Vikhe Patil

Padmashri Dr. Vitthalrao Vikhe Patil, the pioneer of Sugar Co-operative movement, who had a humble beginning, was chiefly instrumental in organizing the much exploited sugarcane farmers of the 44 villages, in and around Pravaranagar, way back in 1948, and establishing Asia’s first co-operative sugar factory which was commissioned in 1950. Born in a farmer’s family at Loni in 1901, he was distressed by the pitiable plight of the poor, the illiterate and the downtrodden peasantry who were exploited by the money-lenders, feudal lords and private sugar factory owners. In those days the local peasantry of Pravara area had to face difficulties in marketing of sugarcane, as conversion of sugarcane into sugar was totally uneconomical and the jaggery prices reached the rock bottom. Therefore, Padmashri began exploring ways of uplifting the farmers of this area. It dawned on him that co-operative movement was the only ideal medium to achieve his goal. So began the saga of co-operative movement in India. He pioneered co-operative movement as a tool for social, educational & economic upliftment of the rural masses. His untiring efforts changed the rural scene of Maharashtra & created awareness amongst the people to lead a prospective purposeful life. He was awarded “Padmashri” the distinguished title in appreciation of his work in the co-operative sector, at the hands of the President of India, Late. Dr. Rajendra Prasad in 1961. He was felicitated with the honorary D. Lit. Degree by University of Pune in 1978 and Doctor of Science in 1979 by Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth, Rahuri.

   Late Padmabhushan Shri Balasaheb Vikhe Patil

   "Think Globally Act Locally"

Dr. Eknathrao alias Balasaheb Vikhe Patil (10th April 1932 – 30th December 2016) was a member of the 14th Lok Sabha of India. He represented the Kopergaon and Ahmednagar (South) constituency of Maharashtra and was a member of the Indian National Congress (INC) political party. He was Prominent Leader of Maharashtra and eldest son of Padmashri Vitthalrao Vikhe Patil. He took upon himself the task of translating the dreams of Padmashri into concrete realities by providing dynamic and pragmatic leadership to the society, true to the tradition of illustrious family. Such a visionary who quoted and acted as per his own maxim “Think globally and act locally”, was awarded with prestigious civilian award “Padma Bhushan” on 31st March 2010 for his outstanding social work. He was eight time MP and former Union Minister-Finance and Heavy Industries, Government of India

   Hon'ble Shri Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil,

  Leader of Opposition,Legislative Assembly

Hon’ble Shri Radhakrishna Eknathrao Vikhe Patil, Pravara Rural Education Society is bound to grow enormously under the dynamic leadership of Honourable Namdar Shri. Radhakrishna Eknathrao Vikhe Patil.He is the worthy son of Honourable Dr. Balasaheb Vikhe Patil (Padmabhushan Awardee) whose entire life was dedicated to the service of the farmers and the rural community. He persevered to provide them educational facilities and employment, and ushered reforms in the rural agro-industries, water conservation and its distribution, agriculture, financial, and health sectors. Under his dynamic leadership the Pravara Rural Education Society is working earnestly to achieve the goals set by his father. Honourable Namdar Shri. Radhakrishna Eknathrao Vikhe Patil is the Leader of the Opposition in Maharashtra Legislative Assembly.

    Hon'ble Adv.Shri Rajendra Vikhe Patil.


Dr. Rajendra Eknathrao Vikhe Patil, Chief Executive Officer / Pro Chancellor of Pravara Deemed University and Trustee & Secretary of Pravara Medical Trust, Loni is a dynamic personality managing a number of organizations/institutions of health, educational, rural development etc. He was an active member of Management Council, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune and also presently he is a member of Advisory Committee, SPPU, Pune. Being an heir of philanthropic and staunch family, he is successfully leading the masses for rural development.