As a Principal, it is my immense pleasure and privilege to present Balasaheb Desai College which has been established in June 1969 at Patan Tehsil of Satara District in Maharashtra State. Initially, the College started with Arts and Commerce streams. In 1992, the Science stream was added to it. It has got permanent affiliation with Shivaji University, Kolhapur, and thus became a Grant-in-aid College run by the Koyana Education Society, Patan, one of the major and prevalent educational institutions in Patan Tahsil. Koyana Education Society runs one senior college, three junior colleges, and 21 secondary schools spread all over backward and hilly areas of the town. Ours is the only center of higher education in Taluka imparting higher education in Arts, Commerce, Science, and BCA streams.
Our college has the required infrastructure for carrying out all its functions and activities. It has a large and spacious campus area of 10 acres and a built-up area is more than 9600 sq. ft with multipurpose floors, a Sports Complex, Auditorium Hall, etc. Spacious 31 lecture Halls, 7 Laboratories, computer Laboratory with 42 computers are being utilized by our students. Construction of the Library Building and Administrative Building is under process.
The entire Patan Tehsil is identified as a hilly, earthquake-prone, rural, and economically backward area by the Govt. of Maharashtra. There are no known industries in the neighborhood that can satisfy the immediate need for employment for our students. Under such adverse conditions, the college has been imparting higher education through different streams to students coming from various socio-economic backgrounds. Our goal is to divulge higher education to all the youths residing in the area. With this mission, the college offers a wide range of programs under various disciplines for undergraduate and post-graduate students. At present more than 2000 students are in the flow of higher education in diverse streams. These students are being trained in academic, co-curricular extracurriculars, extension programs, and sports activities.
The college provides various facilities to students like a Book Bank Scheme, a Placement cell, a Competitive Examination Centre, and Financial assistance to needy & poor students through the Students-Staff welfare fund. There is an active Student redressal cell, separate hostels for Boys & Girls, different career-oriented & professional courses, activities through NSS, and the Nature Lovers club to facilitate students for becoming a better citizen. We also promote social responsibilities and citizenship roles among our students through a variety of extension activities and through lead college activities.
I am very proud to acknowledge our young and quality teaching and non-teaching staff with immense potential. To aim at the overall personality development of students, our teachers conduct student-centric activities through various gymkhana committees and also make them participate in different university level and state level competitions, workshops, and seminars. We also cherish the successful lives of our prominent alumni by felicitating them and inviting them as resource persons. Several faculties of our college are working on various academic bodies of Shivaji University Kolhapur, Maharashtra
We carefully plan & execute all the academic development programs and extension activities in tune with the mission & goals of our institution in which our management actively participates. We give our students exposure to the new trends in changing technologies to enable them to accept the challenges of today’s competitive world. I believe in the active & enthusiastic support & cooperation of my teaching, non-teaching staff & the management.