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.
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 begins 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 "Padmashree" the distinguished title in appreciation of his life's work with the co-operative movement, at the hands of the President of India, Late. Dr. Rajendra Prasad in 1972. He was felicitated with the honorary D. Lit. degree by University of Pune in 1968 and Doctor of Science in 1979 by Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth, Rahuri.
Worthy son of Late Padmashri Vitthalrao Vikhe Patil, a leader of reckoning in Maharashtra State, Member of Parliament for over two decades took upon himself the arduous task of translating the dreams of his father into concrete realities by meticulous, punctilious planning and by offering dynamic and pragmatic leadership to the Society.
Social Transformation Through Education : With this realisation, he adopted a strategy to raise awareness amongst the small peasants and the rural poor, through spread of technical and non-technical education
Member of LokSabha (From 1971 to 1991) From Kopargaon Parliamentary Constituency.
Member of LokSabha (From Sept. 1999 to Feb.2004). From Kopargaon Parliamentary Constituency
Minister of Industry (Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises) Govt. of India, New Delhi from 1st July 2002 to 24th May 2003
Minister of State For Finance (Expenditure, Banking & Insurance) Govt of India,New Delhi. From 13.10.1999 to 1.7.2002
Member of LokSabha (From, 1998 to 1999) From Ahmednagar Parliamentary Constituency
Member of 14th LokSabha (From May 2004) From Kopargaon Parliamentary Constituency
Leader of the opposition in Maharashtra Legislative assembly
He is the Guiding Light and soul in development of Dr. Vikhe Patil Memorial Hospital & Medical College. In continuation to visionary thoughts of Hon’ble Shri Balasaheb Vikhe Patil the envisaged future plans are being implemented under his dynamic leadership, with Prime Aim to provide quality Medical Services to Rural as well as Urban masses.
Trustee and Chief Executive Officer, Padmashree Dr. Vithalrao Vikhe Patil Foundation and Neurosurgeon, born on November 21st, 1982, completed his schooling from The Daly College, Indore.
He then pursued his Professional Education in Medical Sciences and completed his MBBS from K.L.E.’s Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Belgaum. He completed his M.S. (General Surgery) from Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences, Loni and Superspeciality in M.Ch (Neurosurgery) from D.Y.Patil Medical College, Pimpri, Pune.
As soon as he took over as “Executive Director” of PDVVPF’s Medical College and Hospital in June 2011, he was instrumental in starting Post Graduate courses in 14 Disciplines of Medicine along with an increase in intake of MBBS from 100 to 150. Similarly Post graduate courses were also started in 4 disciplines of Physiotherapy. A Dental College with Intake capacity of 100 Students/Year is also proposed from AY 2015-16.
In April 2012, he took over as “Chief Executive Officer” of PDVVP Foundation. Since then ultra modern & well equipped Administrative as well as Academic Buildings have come up for Engineering, IBMRD and Pharmacy. It was under his dynamic leadership that our 30 year old Engineering College was accredited with “A” Grade by NBA, New Delhi. An Agriculture College with a Intake capacity of 60 students was also started in June 2013 under his Guidance.
Now, with his vast experience in educational Sector, he has planned to start an International School with Unique facilities of Highest Standards.
He was a Former Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power, Planning and Science and Technology, Govt. of India.
He is the Chancellor of NAGALAND University and Chairman, Institute of Rural Management, Anand, Gujrat. Chairman, Agricultural Cluster Development (UNIDO- United Nations Industrial Development Organisations). Advisor, CANADA GOVT. and Trustee of Pravara Medical Trust, Loni. Trustee, PIRENS, Loni. and Member of Pravara Rural Education Society, Pravaranagar. Ex-Member, Planning Commission of India. and Ex-Vice Chancellor, Sardar Patel University, Ahmedabad. Former Vice-Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He is renowned Educationist and Economist.
Commissioned in the Armed Forces Medical Services on 22nd Jan. 1967 as Lieutenant & reached the highest rank of Lieutenant General & retired after completing 38 years of service. During the service in the Armed Forces, he has held various prestigious professional, administrative and academic appointments as Director (Operations), Director (Standardization), Director (Quality assurance), and has been Director of various multispecialty & Super Specialty Hospitals. He has commanded army Medical Corps center & College & conducted training of Medical Officers, Dental Officers, Nursing Officers & various Para-medical staff.
During the service he was awarded Ati Vishishta Seva Medal & Vishishta Seva Medal by hon’ble President of India. Since retirement, he had served as Director General of Vikhe Patil Institute of Medical Sciences from June 2005. As Director General, he was instrumental in starting Medical College, Physiotherapy College, Nursing College, Nursing Institute & post Graduate courses in various Medical disciplines.
He had a tenure of “Vice-Chancellor” of Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) Loni. Presently he is “Secretary General” of Padmashri Dr. Vithalrao Vikhe Patil Foundation, Ahmednagar consisting of College of Engineering, College of Pharmacy, Institute of Business Management, Industrial Training Institute in addition to Institutes of Medical & allied disciplines.