The College was founded by Chikitsak Samuha, a club formed of like-minded individuals who were keenly interested in education. The Samuha had already established and successfully run a school in Girgaon for many years – Shirolkar High School – beforethey decided to venture into the field of higher education.
The College stands on a plot of ground donated by Late Smt. MotibenDalvi. The College was named after Sir Sitaram Patkar, a distinguished judge of the Bombay High Court, who was knighted after his retirement, and his wife Lady Shantabai Patkar. Sir Sitaram was deeply interested in furthering women’s education and was the Vice-Chancellor of the S.N.D.T. University for many years.
The College of Arts & Science started functioning from the academic year 1964-65, with Late Prof. A.N. Kothare, a distinguished lecturer in Chemistry, as the first Principal. In response to a heavy local demand for the Commerce faculty, the Commerce wing was started in 1980 with two divisions of FYBCom, which were extended upto the TY level in subsequent years.
To provide career-based education, the College started degree-level Self-Financed courses of BMS and BSc Computer Science from the year 2000-2001 and BSc - IT from the year 2001-2002. Similarly, for Junior College, Bi-focal courses (Electronics and Computers) were started. Also, to help students select an appropriate career, the College has started several Certificate courses, such as a one- certificate course in ‘Visual Arts and Communication’, a course in film-making titled ‘Cammpus@24 FPS’, and ‘Android App Development’.
A new building to house new SF Courses and a Ladies’ Hostel was completed and became operational in 2012-13.
Patkar-Varde College has a place of pride amongst the various educational institutions from Jogeshwari to Virar. It has been rendering a valuable service to the suburban community since 1964. Many of our alumni hold very good positions in various fields.
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