Acharya Atre Vikas Pratishthan, Purandar College of Arts, Jejuri 412301, Tehsil Purandar, Pune District has set up the College of Arts at Jejuri, which is the most revered and holy settlement of Maharashtra, as it is the seat of the most popular deity of Maharashtra, viz., Khandoba. The College is managed by a Trust, viz., A.A.D. Trust and it is affiliated to the University of Pune.
The Peer Team constituted by N.A.A.C., Bangalore, consisting of Prof. Afzal Mohammed (Chair person), Dr. C. Srinivasan (Convener-Member) and Dr. J.L. Mewafarosh (Member), visited the College at Jejuri on January 9th & 10th 2004, so as to assess its academic performance and the degree of its success in achieving excellence.
It was noticed that, except that it is the holy abode of Khandoba, Jejuri does not offer an academic-friendly environment which could be helpful to promote a degree College. Located at a distance of about 65 kms. from Pune City, the Arts College of Jejuri is presently housed in a rented historic building in Holkar Wada, covering an area of 1,675 sq. mts. The Management has, however, recently acquired a piece of land, admeasuring 7.25 acres and has also drawn up a tentative Plan to construct a permanent building for the College.
Realising the social and economic background of Jejuri and also its disadvantaged geographical location, the Promoters of the College have laid more stress on "Development through Education, Sports, Arts and Culture". The College mainly caters to the needs of higher education to the students belonging to socially and economically depressed classes in a rural area which is also well-known as a drought-prone area. It was informed to the Peer Team that almost 80% of the total students belong to the categories such as E.B.C., S.C. and S.T. It may not be out of place to mention here that both the College Authorities and the Management are fully conscious of the great disadvantage of not having the required physical and academic infrastructure due to non-availability of a proper building. The present building, in which the Arts College is housed, is a 200 years' old dilapidated structure - with mud floor and walls and leaking roofs, which require constant repairs. This has restricted the Management in acquiring the appropriate academic Accessories, Equipment and Furniture for Library. Computer Laboratory, Language Laboratory and Gymnasium, etc.