Great men are born to lead" and so the birth of Padmashree Dr. D. Y. Patil in an affluent agriculturist family of Kolhapur in Maharashtra on 22nd October 1935, was the beginning of great things to come. Padmashree Dr. D. Y. Patil did not rest on his laurels as a social worker, but dreamt of contributing better values to the society. Thus began a vision to endow the people with quality educational facilities in all fields. Padmashree Dr. D. Y. Patil attributes this to the blessing of great saint of Maharashtra Shri. Sant Gajanan Maharaj of Shegaon. He has materialized his dreams under the umbrella of a prestigious educational foundation called Dr. D. Y. Patil Pratishthan, which runs institutions in Kolhapur,Pune and Mumbai.