Women’s College of Home Science and BCA, Loni

History

Pravaranagar and the adjoining 44 villages were remote, drought-prone and undeveloped areas inhabited by poor villagers reeling under economic misery having practically no access to higher education. This situation pained and left a deep impact on Late Padmashri Vikhe Patil who realized that the rural masses could be uplifted only through the highly potent medium of education. As a first step to achieve this goal, Pravara Rural Education Society was established in 1964, under which Pravara Public School (1964) was the first English medium residential school, exclusively for boys, established to impart quality education to the children of farming community. It was followed by Pravara Kanya Vidya Mandir in 1969, an exclusive residential school for girls, as Padmashri firmly believed that education of a girl meant education for the complete family.

The need to establish a Centre for higher education for girls  and that is the genesis of Women’s College of Home Science and BCA, Loni. Before the establishment of this college in 1997, girl students from this rural area, who desired to pursue higher education in Home Science and BCA had no other option except joining the colleges atdistrict levels, which were beyond reach for many. Only those who were with sound financial background could go forhigher studies. All the rest, particularly girls, were found totally deprived of higher education. Due to financial hurdles, social psyche, lack of residential facilities, insecurity etc, and almost all the parents from these areas were reluctant to educate their girls. Because of such limitations, very few youth from the nearby villages could take graduation.

 

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