Dr. Vitthalrao Vikhe Patil
Institute of Cooperative Management, Pune
( Unit of National Council for Cooperative Training, New Delhi )

Message from the Chairman

After the independence, national policy of India reaffirmed their faith in the co-operative movement as a vital instrument for economic development and as a vehicle of social change and social justice. The basic nature of the co-operative societies is to encourage the ‘values of self-help, democracy, equality, and solidarity. Co-operative members believe in the ethical values of honesty, openness, and social responsibility and caring for others.

The co-operatives in Maharashtra have a political, historical, social and cultural heritage. It is particularly strong in Western Maharashtra as the independent movement and the leaders from Pune, Mumbai and Ahmednagar initiated social reforms. Due to favourable climate conditions, soil and the development of irrigation facilities Maharashtra made good progress in sugarcane and sugar production through the help of co-operative sugar factories. The Pravara Sugar Co-operative Factory Ltd., established in 1949, made a success.

Dr. Vitthalrao Vikhe Patil Institute of Cooperative Management, Pune was privileged in to have the association and guidance of eminent and well known cooperators like late Shri. Vaikunthbhabi Mehta, Prof. D. G. Karve and Prof. D. R. Gadgil at different stage of its development.

The Institute is continuously on the move to keep pace with the development in the Cooperative sector, New programmes are being developed to meet the specific requirements of the user organisations. Inspite of infrastrucural limitations the Institute has successfully conducted Management Development Programmes of different types and durations and as many as trainee officers passed through the portals of this Institute every year.

I wish Institute good luck for their training activities.

Shri. R.G.N.Mule
Chairman, Local Committee