Koyana Education Society Patan, the parent institute was established in 1967 with the objective of percolating education to deprived area of Patan Tehsil. Presently Sanstha has several education centers all over the Patan Tehsil. Balasaheb Desai College, Patan was established in June 1969 with mission to impart higher education to youth residing in Patan Tehsil and to strive for excellence in higher education by preparing the students capable of working towards well-being of the self, society, nation, humanity at large and the living being on the earth; to inculcate in them the civic, moral and spiritual values. The College from its beginning has been a key factor in bringing about transformation in the rural and hilly area through higher education, bearing in the mind the motto of the Sanstha “Dnyan Dipen Bhaswata.” That is Enlightening lives by education.
The College is located in the Biodiversity rich Western Ghat, rural and hilly area having pleasant and healthy eco-friendly atmosphere. It becomes a center of innovation in the field of higher education in Patan and its surrounding area. The Institute is catering to the educational needs of the socio-economic backward, rural, earthquake prone, hilly area of Maharashtra. The College is affiliated to Shivaji University, Kolhapur having permanent affiliation. It is multi-faculty; co-education institution. The College has its own beautiful premises and well-developed campus with all required infrastructure and modern amenities. The Institute offers undergraduate courses (UG) in Arts (Marathi, Hindi, English, History, Political Science Geography & Economics), Commerce (B. Com. Regular & B. Com. IT), Science disciplines (Chemistry, Physics, Zoology, Microbiology, Botany, Mathematics, Statistics), BCA and at PG level M. A. (Marathi, Hindi, Political Science & Economics), M Com. and M. Sc. (Analytical Chemistry). The institute runs different need based Soft Skill, Career Oriented and Add On courses every year. The College is covered under Section 2 (f) and 12 (B) status of UGC Act, 1956 in 1970. The institute has been reaccredited for Fourth Cycle by NAAC, Bangalore with ‘A+’ Grade (CGPA -3.35) in June 2023.
Institute is imparting education in all three basic streams. Being a STAR (DBT STAR Scheme) college offers experiential learning and hands on training in the field of science. ‘Admission to all’ is our policy by which we include pupils from Patan Tehsil which are out of stream of education. The Institute has a pleasant ambience with beautiful and green campus and spacious campus area of 10 acres and a built-up area is more than 9600 sq. ft. Institute has adequate infrastructure facilities, ICT classrooms and well equipped laboratories to perform effective teaching and learning process. Institute has fully computerized library with an INFLIBNET, N-LIST, E-Resource access facility for faculties and students. The library has fully automated Lib-Man software version 3.0 installed in 2018. The library has provided 6000+ e-journals and 31, 35,000+ e-books on various subjects. The library has subscribed to 6 online databases from Br. Balasaheb Khardekar Knowledge Resource Center, Shivaji University, Kolhapur and makes it available through digital section Center to all library users free of cost. The library has a total of 32848 books for Senior College, 31 journals, 150 CDs/DCDs, 05 rare manuscripts, 14 newspapers, 1389 Bound Volumes of journals. For the smooth and effective functioning of the library, there is a Library Advisory Committee. The main function of it is to design and implement policies for the library services. Library provides certain services like Book Bank Scheme, Inter-Library Lone for the students and internet facility. The quality teachers, is the strength of the Institute. Out of 24 fulltime permanent teachers, 22 teachers are Ph.D. holders. 17 teachers are Research guides. 2 major and 12 minor research projects funded by UGC and other funded agencies had completed. Faculties published papers in UGC listed research journals & books. DST-FIST has sanctioned Rs. 40 Lakhs under DST-FIST programme. DST- India has sanctioned Rs. 46 Lakhs under DST-STAR Scheme.
The institute has robust internal and external university examination system. The institute has remarkable number of university academic and sports awards. Many of our students are recipient of University merit scholarships and have notable performance in sports, cultural & Avishkar Research Competitions. The Institute had Competitive examination & career guidance cell, Pre-recruitment Police training center, Language lab, Student Facilitation Center, Multimedia Center, ICT classrooms, Radon Gas Station, well-furnished Auditorium & Meditation Hall, Girls & Boys hostel, Solar Panel, CCTV, Indoor Gymnasium Hall, NSS, NCC unit. The institute is focused through digital platforms like dynamic website, You-Tube channel, Facebook page and web radio namely ‘Radio Patan’.