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 – before they decided to venture into the field of higher education.
The College stands on a plot of ground donated by Late Smt. Motiben Dalvi. 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 the cause of 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. Since then, to provide Students with the best possible learning opportunities, the College has constantly and consistently upgraded the courses offered and the infrastructure required for these courses. The focus has always been the enhancement of Students' employability and soft skills and thus to make them able and competent to become the citizens of the future.
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.
The College was re-accredited with a score of 3.53 by NAAC in 2018. Following this, Academic Autonomy was conferred on the College, and was implemented from 2019-20. In 2019-20, the College also became the proud recipient of the RUSA 2.0 grant under Component 8, that is, "Enhancing Quality and Excellence in Select Autonomous Colleges". The College has thus joined the elite club of the 70 high performing Autonomous Colleges that have received this Grant on the National level, and 26 among Maharashtra.
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