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.
Secretary General (Officiating) & Director (Technical)Dr. Vithalrao Vikhe Patil Foundation,Vadgaon Gupta (Vilad-Ghat), Ahmednagar.
He is member of Board of Studies (BOS),Pharmacology,Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune.. He is Inspector Pharmacy Council of India.
He is Awarded Degree of Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) in Biotechnology with “A” Grade in August,2007 from Acharya Nagarjuna University, Guntur (A.P.)and Awarded Ph.D. in January, 2011, from Nagarjuna University, Gunture (A.P.).