Padmashri Dr. Vithalrao Vikhe Patil-
a legendary in the history of co-operative enterprise in the country, and humble farmer by birth, pioneered co-operative movement as a tool for social, educational and economic up liftmen of the rural masses. His untiring efforts changed rural scene of Maharashtra and created awareness amongst the people to lead a prospective purposeful life. He was awarded Padmashri, the distinguished title in appreciation of his life's work with co-operative movement, in the hands of the First 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, Maharashtra.Padmashri Dr. Vithalrao 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. 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.
Towards the fulfillments of the vision of the great son of the soil, a mission of educational institutions were set up in Ahmednagar, Pune and Nashik District. Dr. Vithalrao Vikhe Patil foundation is one of such educational trust.Soon enough, Pravara Rural Education Society was established. His legacy is ably continued by the subsequent generations. Led by his illustrious son Shri. Balasaheb Vikhe Patil, a veteran parliamentarian, his grandsons Shri. Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, Cabinet minister of Government of Maharashtra & Dr. Ashok Patil, CEO, Pravara Medical Trust & the first Indian to become a President of International Association of agricultural Medicine and Rural Health (IAAMRH) re actively carrying on the grand work.
Hon. Padmabushan Shri. Balasaheb Vikhe Patil-
Every individual has a certain potential, a definite career goal. At DVVP Foundation, we create the success story tapping the individual's inherent strengths, eliminating weaknesses, arming him with outstanding management skills and placing him in the world of opportunities. It is our noble objective to prepare the young generation for the challenges of tomorrow. We are a well-established organization, offering quality technical education in the nurturing environment at Viladghat. Technical education must be given with modern methodology and we must not forget our responsibility towards the society. The rural India is having lot of potential, we need to explore it and utilize it for the benefit of our society and the country at large.
Hon. Shri. Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil-
The need of hour is `Excellence in Education' and in every field of operations. As such, our institutions at Ahmednagar, has been set up to meet the requirement of modern India. Our technocrats must do the best for building a strong and vibrant India. All the facilities that are required for the best educational hub are made available. The mission of the Foundation should be to impart quality training to young people to enable them to discharge responsibilities in the corporate world. DVVP Foundation is doing an excellent job of providing quality education in the field of technical, medical and healthcare courses. In today's competitive world, our aim is to equip the aspiring students with the knowledge that will help them to excel in life and contributing in the development of our economy.