Padmashree Dr. D. Y. Patil,
A well known educationist and philanthropist from Kolhapur, located in the state of Maharashtra, born in small village of Ambap, dreamt of spreading education and healthcare to the masses of India and revolutionized the educational sector in Maharashtra. He is the founder President of Dr. D. Y. Patil Pratishthan, D. Y. Patil Education Society and Continental Medicare Foundation.
above hundred educational institutions viz. Dr. D. Y. Patil Vidyapeeth, Pune, Padmashree Dr. D. Y. Patil Vidyapeeth Navi Mumbai, D. Y. Patil Medical Colleges, Dr. D. Y. Patil Knowledge City, D. Y. Patil Sports Academy, D. Y. Patil International Schools, D. Y. Patil Colleges of Engineering and Technology etc. Dr. D. Y. Patil has also served Bihar and Tripura as the Governor and people fondly remember him for his great honorary service.
Dr. D. Y. Patil has focused his energies for the cause of education, with emphasis on professional education areas. He is of the opinion that the education patterned to train the students to face the challenges and ever changing skill requirements on account of globalization without forgetting ethos of rich Indian culture is bound to transform the society and thereby make India a strong, self supporting and leading nation. His preference is for actual implementation of this concept rather than merely preaching.