Rayat Shikshan Sanstha’s Mahatma Phule Arts, Science and Commerce College, Panvel District- Raigad (Maharashtra) is one of the prime educational institutions affiliated to University of Mumbai. It is run by Rayat Shikshan Sanstha, Satara, is one of the largest educational institution in Asia, founded by the visionary Late Padmabhushan Dr. Karmaveer Bhaurao Patil. It relishes the dream of socio-economic upliftment of the rural masses and their overall development by the means of education.
Late Hon.D.B.Patil Saheb a visionary leader & great social reformer laid the foundation of the college.He was the follower of Mahatma Jyotirao Phule, Rajarshi Shahu Maharaj, Dr.Babasaheb Ambedkar & Karmaveer Bhaurao Patil. He was Committed to impart the education to the masses hence he started first high school of Rayat Shikshan Sanstha in 1960 at Jasai followed by 10 more high schools in Raigad Disctrict. He took painstaking efforts to start senior college at panvel in 1970 named as Arts, Science & Commerce College Panvel to provide higher education to all classes of the society .The college was renamed as Mahatma Phule Arts, Science & Commerce College, Panvel as per his suggestion to salute the outstanding work of the great social reformer of Maharashtra. He along with his colleagues ,Late Hon.Dattusheth Patil, Late Mr.Suresh Pendase, Late Mr.Tatyasaheb Patwardhan, Late Mr.Natubhai Shah, Late Mr.Bhai Pote, Late Mr. Dashrathsheth Thakur & Late Mr.Bhaskarrao Dhuri, worked tirelessly for the overall development of the college. The college was highly ranked in University of Mumbai & achieved many prestigious awards during his tenure as a Chairman of the college Development Committee.The Silver Jubilee Function of the college was successfully organized in 1995 under his able guidance in the auspicious presence of Late.Hon.A.R.Antulay Saheb, Union Health Minister of India & Hon. Manohar Joshi Saheb, Chief Minister of Maharashtra.
The college was established as per the vision of Parent Institute to educate students of farmers, workers, fishermen and saltpan workers of Raigad District, especially of Panvel, Pen, Uran and Khalapur tehsils. Our college was the sole option made available by the parent institute for higher educational opportunities to the children of the aforesaid populace at the time of its establishment. It has successfully been marching ahead from last five decade and taking efforts endlessly for the betterment of its stakeholders. We feel proud to mention that the college has made commendable contribution in shaping careers of its thousands of students who in turn have brought laurels to the college. The students have been benefited from the quality education provided by the college and attained the top positions in academic, social, political, cultural, sports,etc.
The college offers traditional programmes like B.A., B.Com. B.Sc. at UG level and M.A., M.Com, M.Sc. at PG level. The college also runs self finance programmes like B.Sc. in Information Technology and B.Sc. in Bio-Technology and Bachelor in Accounting and Finance. Besides, it has recognized Ph.D. centres in Hindi, Chemistry and Business Economics. The college offers 05 Professional Skill based / Career Oriented Courses, 15 Short term Certificate Courses and 15 Short-Term Diploma Courses to achieve the objectives as stated in National Education Policy 2020.The academic programmes and career oriented courses offered by the college have been proved beneficial in mounting placement of the students in different fields.
Extension activities carried out under NSS, NCC, Health Centre, Arts Circle, and Women Development Cell are distinctive features of the college and its commitment towards societal responsibilities. The college conducts variegated outreach activities each year with the help of its support services to instil life skills and core values among the students. It also takes care of the students’ engagement in research activities through Avishkar Research Convention and other research related ventures like paper/poster presentations, participation in conferences/seminars/workshops, training programmes,etc.
The college has made remarkable growth over the years in its infrastructure and facilities to cope with the changing scenario of higher education and modern demands in the context of globalization. Teaching-Learning and Evaluation Process of the college has been supported with conducive educational atmosphere and ideal infrastructural facilities. The college has adequate number of classroom and well-equipped Administrative Office, Science Laboratories, Research Labs, Computer Labs, Language Lab, Commerce Lab, Central Library, Departmental Libraries, Auditorium, Seminar Halls, Placement Cell, Competitive Examination Guidance Centre, Examination Sections, CAP Centre, Video Lecture Recording Room(VLRC), Smart Classroom, Leisure Place for Boys’ and Girls’, Canteen, Bust Stand, Parking Shades, Boys’ Hostel, Botanical Garden, ICT equipments and peripherals, etc. to facilitate the curricular, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. IT component has effectively been implemented in teaching-learning and evaluation by the faculty and students. Moreover, it has a Sport Complex with a huge playground, Staff Quarters and other infrastructural segments that contribute towards the overall development of the stakeholders and smooth functioning of the college.
Student Support and their progression to higher education are looked after by the college sincerely. It offers welfare schemes for both the staff and students. Earn and Learn Scheme, Management Scholarships, Cipla Endowment Scholarships, CIDCO Stipend, Student Aid Fund, Yuva Raksha Vima Yojana (Group Insurance), Mentor-Mentee Scheme,Book Bank Scheme, BC Book Bank Scheme, Transportation Facility, Prerana College Magazine, Rang-Tarang Cultural Program, Academic and Career Counselling, Wallpapers, Guidance to avail government scholarships, Annual Prize Distribution Function, Job Fair, The Career Advancement Scheme, Best Performer Award, Research Inspirational Awards and Felicitation on Super Annuation are Welfare Schemes for Staff Members., Payment of Admission Fees in instalments, Special Incentives to the NCC cadets, NSS Volunteers and sport persons, etc. are some of the remarkable mechanisms/schemes to support the students.
The college has well defined organizational structure that fosters decentralized governance, leadership and management systems by involving all its stakeholders in the general administration and functioning of the college. The staff and students are selected to represent academic and administrative bodies that help in turn to attain the institutional goals. Besides, the college has functional Internal Quality Assurance Cell established in 2003 as per the guidelines laid down NAAC. The college has successfully completed 3rd Cycle of Accreditation by NAAC in 2017 and achieved ‘A’ Grade with CGPA Score of 3.18. The College achieved DBT Star College Grant from Department of Biotechnology, Government of India in 2021-22
Eco-friendly campus is one of the outstanding features of the college. The college has beautiful campus of 13 acres with lush green environmental conditions and academic ambience. We take conspicuous efforts for the conservation of natural resources and the environment through Water Conservation, Drip Irrigation, Tree Plantation and Effluent Treatment Plant. Green Audit and Energy Audit by the competent authorities are carried out by the college as its commitment towards nature and its preservation. College Check Dam, pure drinking water facility, e-waste management, hazardous waste management, use of renewable energy, solid and liquid waste management, plantation of trees, carbon neutrality through “No Vehicle Day”, etc. are looked after by the college on priority basis to provide the stakeholders with healthy and environment friendly college campus.
We feel proud to mention that the college, its proactive staff and students have been accorded with prestigious awards during recent past years by the State Govt. of Maharashtra, University of Mumbai, the Sanstha and NGOs for their commendable contribution in the spheres of higher education, active research, social service and extension/outreach activities. Following are some of the awards achieved by the college: