Padmashree 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 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 Krishiv Vidyapeeth, Rahuri.
Padmashri Dr. Vitthalrao Vikhe Patil Foundation's Medical College & Hospital has emerged as an excellent center in Medical Education, Training & Research activities at National level and Health Care Services especially to down trodden people at their door steps.
The extreme shortage of medical facilities promoted Padmashri Dr. Vitthalrao Vikhe Patil Foundation to establish Medical College at Vilad Ghat, Ahmednagar in 2004. Under the able guidance and mature insight of the founder Padmabhushan Balasaheb Vikhe Patil, the institute has acquired remarkable achievements both in terms of academic & health services at the grass root level.
The College offers undergraduate course in Medicine ( MBBS ) with an intake of 150 students per year and Postgraduate Courses in 14 Disciplines. The institute is recognized by Medical Council of India, New Delhi in 2009 and is affiliated to Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, Nashik. The Medical complex is situated in an area of 33 acres in the beautiful scenario of Vilad Ghat, Ahmednagar.
Added to this, over 700 bedded Dr. Vikhe Patil Memorial Hospital with state of the art labs, equipments as well as other facilities and three primary Health centers namely Dehare, Jeur and Khatgaon-Takali, One Urban Health Center at Burudgaon and one Rural Health Training Center at Bhalawani for undergraduate training, where the patients are treated at subsidised rates.
Padmashri Dr. Vitthalrao Vikhe Patil Foundation's Medical College offers 5.5 years Bachelor's Degree Course in M.B.B.S. , 3 years Postgraduate MD/MS course & 2 years University Postgraduate Diploma. Admission to the said courses is strictly as per Merit prepared on the basis of the marks obtained in the Association Common Entrance Test (Asso-CET). The reservation of seats for SC/ST/OBC/VJ/NT1/NT2/NT3 will be as per Government Notification No. MED / -2006/ 1196/ CR206/ 06 Edu-1(2) dated 24/06/2006.
Domicile Requirements - Indian National
Candidate, who have passed S.S.C. or equivalent examination from an institute situated outside Maharashtra State and HSC or equivalent examination from within Maharashtra, is eligible for seeking admission to the course in Health Sciences provided that He/She is an Indian National.
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