Dr. Vitthalrao Vikhe Patil (29 August 1901 - 27 April 1980)
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 established 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.
Late Hon. Dr. Eknathrao alias Balasaheb Vikhe Patil
(10 April 1932 - 30 Dec. 2016)
Padmabhushan Awardee Ex. Minister, Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises
Worthy son of Late Dr. 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 Services to the Society on different postions.
Hon'ble Shri Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil
Hon’ble Namdar Shri. Radhakrishna Eknathrao Vikhe Patil is “Cabinet Minister of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly”, Ex-Minister - Agriculture & Marketing Govt. of Maharashtra, Executive Chairman & Trustee DVVP Foundation.
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 and also all type of educational facilities and infrastructure to Rural as well as Urban masses.
Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Vithalrao Vikhe Patil Foundation and Neurosurgeon, born on November 24th, 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 thought leadership to the organization is provided by Dr. YSP Thorat, FORMER Chairman NABARD, Erstwhile Executive Director, RBI and presently Director General, PIRENS. His other roles include Chairman, Working Group on Institutional Finance, Risk Management and Cooperatives for the 12th Plan set up by the Planning Commission, Government of India. Dr. Thorat started his career in The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in 1972 and was appointed Executive Director in 2003. The appointments held by him while in RBI included Principal, BTC; Regional Director, New Delhi, Maharashtra and Goa, etc. He was on the Boards of several banks and other financial institutions. Under Dr.Thorat's guidance, the Management has aligned the institutional culture and values with the competencies of the Faculty, the aspirations of the students and the behavior patterns of the workforce. His leadership has aligned the management to do things right and to ensure that the right things are done.