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2009 – Apr 2014
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Dr. Patangrao Kadam(Marathi: पतंगराव कदम , b. 1945) is an Indian politician from the state of Maharashtra. He previously held the forest ministry in the Maharashtra government. He is also an educationist and is the founder of Bharati Vidyapeeth.
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Patangrao Kadam was born into a middle level farming family in a small village of Sonsal, Sangli District in Maharashtra. Since no educational facilities were available in Sonsal, Kadam had to walk 4–5 km, every day to attend a primary school in a nearby village. He did his secondary education up to S.S.C,at a boarding school in Kundal.
Kadam was the first person from his village to have passed the S.S.C, examination. After S.S.C., he joined Shivaji College at Satara, run by Rayat Shikshan Sanstha, which was established by a renowned social reformer and educationist, Karmaveer Bhaurao Patil. He was enrolled in the College under its "earn and learn scheme". He took lessons of dedicated social service from Karmaveer Bhaurao Patil.
Kadam came to Pune in 1961, where he completed one year Diploma Course in teaching and in 1962, started working as a part time teacher in a secondary school in Pune run by Rayat Shikshan Sanstha. Kadam obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Law and Master's degree from the University of Pune. Despite his pre-preoccupation with educational, social and political activities, Kadam completed his research on the theme "Administrative Problems of Educational Administration in 80s" for which he was awarded a Ph.D. in Management by the University of Pune.