Dr. Karmaveer Bhaurao Patil laid the foundation of mass education in rural Maharashtra, which was free from consideration of caste, creed, sex and religion. His followers were inspired by his idealism, selflessness, sacrifice, dignity of labour and true cosmopolitanism. He realized his dream of educating the deprived and downtrodden sections of society by founding Rayat Shikshan Sanstha, initially at primary education level and slowly upgrading to secondary and higher education. Now the Sanstha has wide network of schools and colleges spread all over Maharashtra. The Sanstha also has adopted pro-active learning environment by exploiting the knowledge revolution.
In the wake of globalization, a paradigm shift has taken place as far as education is concerned. The contemporary info-tech world has opened new vistas of knowledge. It also involves adopting new perspectives, skills, strategies and structure for the educational Endeavour.The Rayat Shikshan Sanstha has been trying to address itself to these issues. We have decided to examine the extent to which the new technology could focus on diversity, creativity, educational opportunities and social equality. I am sure we would succeed. -Dr.Anil Patil, Chairman, Rayat Shikshan Sanstha, Satara.