Accredited at A+ Level by NAAC. 'College with Potential for Excellance.' ISO 9001 : 2008 Certified. Recipient of Best Rural College Award by University of Pune 2009-10.



                                  Padmabhushan Shri Balasaheb Vikhe Patil.

                                          Chairman, Pravara Rural Education Society and
                             Ex. Union Minister for Heavy Industries and public Enterprises. India .


Loni "a hub of Education."

             Loni is a place in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra. By road it is 65 kms from the town of Ahmednagar, 90 km from Nashik and 180 km from Pune. The holly shrine of ‘Saibaba’ Shirdi is only 25 km away. This small place has undergone magical change in its constitution than it was 50 years ago.

            In the early decades of the 20th Century, droughts, famines, brutal exploitation by traders, moneylenders and private factories had all conspired to nearly destroy the peasantry and wipe out the profession of agriculture in the Deccan area of Maharashtra. In these dire circumstances, when the government and enlightened society too had turned its back on the farmers, the visionary Padmashri Vikhe Patil showed them the way to take their rightful place in the world and to live with dignity and self-confidence by establishing the first co-operative sugar factory, first of its kind in Asia. Keeping in mind the importance of education for rural masses, he laid the foundation of Pravara Rural Education Society in 1964.                 

            Starting an educational institution in such a rural place and making it run successfully was a task next to impossible. This challenge was taken by the visionary Padmashri Vikhe Patil and his associates. English medium public school, a separate school for girls were started in the early days. Later feeling the need of Higher Education he started Arts, Science and Commerce College.

              Many centres of Primary, Secondary and Higher Education in and around, recognizes Loni as an Educational hub. The Higher Education centres impart knowledge of traditional and professional courses, such as Medicine, Engineering and Technology, Pharmacy, Dental science, Agricultural biotechnology etc. Student from all corners of the country seek admission to these courses. Most of these institutions have expanded vertically as well as horizontally and are in a position to be recognized as a Deemed University.

       “Loni has become a role model of rural educational centre in the country”

            In his visit to Loni in October 2005, His Excellency Hon’ble Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, President, Government of India, praised the work done as “Beautiful minds, creative minds, noble minds of Loni”.


    Our Inspiration

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 'growers 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.