Deccan Education Society

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The Deccan Education Society is an organisation that runs 43 education establishments in Maharashtra, India. Its main branch is situated in Pune.


In 1880 Vishnushastri Chiplunkar and Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak established the New English School, one of the first native-run schools offering Western education in Pune.[1] In 1884 they created the Deccan Education Society[2][3] with Gopal Ganesh Agarkar, Mahadev Ballal Namjoshi, V. S. Apte, V. B. Kelkar, M. S. Gole and N. K. Dharap.

In 1884, the society established Fergusson College, named after the then Governor of Bombay presidency Sir James Fergusson. The college was initially operated out of Gadre Wada in Shaniwar peth area of Pune. At its inception, the college was the first indigenously run higher-education institution in Pune.[4] In its early years Tilak and Agharkar served as academic staff. Congress party leader, Gopal Krishna Gokhale and social reformer, Dhondo Keshav Karve were also life members of the society and taught at the college in the 1890s.[5].

The society established many schools and colleges in pune and other towns during following decades such as New English school of Satara in 1899.[6]The society took over the Mawjee Madhavjee English School in Umbergaon in 1919, and the Dravid High School of Wai in 1934. In 1919, the society opened the Willingdon College in Sangli in order to satisfy demand for higher education in southern Maharashtra region.In 1939, the Society deceded to enter the field of secondary education for girls by starting the Ahilyadevi High School for Girls in the historic premises of the Holkar Wada in Pune. In 1943, the society started the Brihan Maharashtra College of Commerce, for which the Brihan Maharashtra Sugar Syndicate Ltd. gave to the Society a donation of Rs. 2,00,000.[7] Rulers of many Princely states such as Bhor and Sangli were patrons of the society.[8]


Institutes run by the Deccan Education Society include:

Name of Institution Established Location
Fergusson College 1885 Pune
Willingdon College 1919 Sangli
Brihan Maharashtra College of Commerce 1943 Pune
Institute of Management Development and Research, Pune 1974 Pune
Kirti M. Doongursee College 1954 Mumbai
Chintamanrao College of Commerce[9] 1960 Sangli
Chintamanrao Institute of Management Development And Research 1996 Sangli
DES Navalmal Firodia Law College 2004 Pune
DES Brijlal Jindal College of Physiotherapy 2007 Pune
DES Smt. Subhadra K. Jindal College of Nursing 2008 Pune
Rajarshi Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj College of Agri-Business Management[10] 2009 Sangli

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  1. ^ Johnson, Gordon (1973). Provincial Politics and Indian Nationalism: Bombay and the Indian National Congress 1880-1915. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 68–78. ISBN 0-521-20259-0. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  2. ^ Encyclopedia of Hinduism. Abingdon. UK: Routlege. 2008. pp. 166–167. ISBN 978-0-7007-1267-0. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  3. ^ "Bal Gangadhar Tilak". Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  4. ^ Bal Ram Nanda (8 March 2015). Gokhale: The Indian Moderates and the British Raj. Princeton University Press. pp. 61–62. ISBN 978-1-4008-7049-3.
  5. ^ G. L. CHANDAVARKAR (12 September 2016). Dhondo Keshav Karve. Publications Division Ministry of Information & Broadcasting. pp. 10–. ISBN 978-81-230-2656-5.
  6. ^ Warekar,, N.A. (2009). Swatantryotaar kalatil Satara shahar ek nagari aiteehaseek abhyas (PDF). Pune: University of Pune. p. 9.
  7. ^ DES (1945). Diamond Jubilee of Deccan Education Society and Fergusson College, 1884-1945. Pune. pp. 4–6. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
  8. ^ Ian Copland (16 May 2002). The Princes of India in the Endgame of Empire, 1917-1947. Cambridge University Press. p. 29. ISBN 978-0-521-89436-4.
  9. ^ "ICC Women's World Cup: Ahead of India vs Pakistan, focus on 'masterchef' Smriti Mandhana". The Indian Express. 2017-07-02. Retrieved 2018-06-26.
  10. ^ "Rajarshi Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj College of Agri-Business Management, Sangli". Retrieved 2018-06-26.

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