About Deccan Education Society
In the year 1880 the late Shri V. K Chiplunkar with Lokmanya Tilak and M.B. Namjoshi started ‘New English School in Pune with the objective of ‘cheapening and facilitating education’. In course of time Shri V.S. Apte, Shri G.G. Agarkar, Shri V.B. Kelkar, Shri M.S. Gole, Shri N.K. Dharap joined them.
This was a revolutionary step in because Government Institutions and Christian missionaries were the only agencies involved in educating the masses and the education provided failed to generate leadership for industrial regeneration of a self-governing nation. Private enterprises in education were discouraged. With the idea of providing education to rouse the intellect, dropping will and slumbering conscience of the fallen countrymen, Deccan Education Society came into existence.
With the end of the East India Company’s regime in India and the failure of the first armed uprising in 1857, for India’s freedom, a new era dawned in our country. It was clear that the emancipation of our land and the transformation of the life of our people had to be brought about by peaceful and constitutional means. Indian renaissance had begun and it heralded the role which education needed to play to achieve national aspirations. Wood’s Education Despatch (1854), the Education Commission of 1882 and the Hunter Commission (1891), were all indicative of the concerted efforts, of both the Government and the Indian people, in the enterprise of education. The Founders of the Fergusson College had first started the New English School, Pune in 1880 and later established the Deccan Education Society (DES) in 1884.
The college held these classes, for almost ten years, in the old Gadre Wada and other locations in Poona. A plot of about 37 acres (a portion of the present extensive campus) was acquired on a 99 years’ lease in 1891 by the DES. The foundation stone of the Main building of the Fergusson College was laid in 1892 and the building was completed in 1895. The college started functioning on this campus in 1895. From then onwards, the college has grown from strength to strength and acquired a reputation as a nation-building institution. It has a place of pride in the hearts of the people, as a historical monument and a symbol of the country’s freedom struggle. While the founders have become legends, in the history of education and the freedom struggle in India, it is a matter of great significance, that the college received active and moral support from academicians and statesmen, such as Principal William Wordsworth, Principal F. G. Selby, Lord Rippon, Sir William Wedderburn and Sir James Fergusson.Fergusson College was intended to be, “the seminary of the Indian educational missionaries”.
The Deccan Education Society conducts over 35 institutions from KG level to post-graduation and research in science, arts, commerce, management, law, agriculture, chemical technology, biotechnology and para-medical sciences. More than 50,000 students are taking education in the institutions:
Fergusson Centre for Higher Learning
On invitation of the Government of Andhra Pradesh the Deccan Education Society Pune (Maharashtra, INDIA) has purchased a piece of land from the government and established its new institute. This institute is located at village Kurraklva in Renigunta Mandal of Chittoor district in Andhra Pradesh and is adjacent to Tirupati International Airport. The new campus of DES is named ‘Fergusson Centre for Higher Learning’.
Fergusson Centre for Higher Learning has well established facilities with three well equipped laboratories (Microbiology, Chemistry and Instrumentation), one Computer laboratory, separate Autoclave room, two classrooms, one Library, Administrative office, Reception room, conference hall, Meeting Room etc.
Fergusson Centre for Higher Learning (FCHL), Renigunta, and Sri Venkateswara University (SVU), have signed an MoU in August 2016, for offering various short-term study programmes in the fields of Food Safety, Bioinformatics, Alternative Energy, Internet/Cyber Security, Industrial Safety, Robotics, Data Analytics, Homeland Security to name a few.
FCHL and SVU shall aim to provide hands on training to students, training to teachers teaching the courses, assist in projects work at the location of programme Industry for the students, depending on proficiency/competency of students and availability of facilities in industry, offer joint academic programmes in relevant areas to the industry, develop and transfer latest technology relevant to the Industry through short term and long term training programmes, consultancy services and research.
The institute has been established with the objective to provide the skill based, job-oriented training and education to the local people. The institute has plans to start research and development activities in various fields.
Initially the institute is launching short-term programmes:
- Post Graduate Diploma in Industrial Bioinformatics
- Diploma in Food Safety and Food Quality
- Diploma in Industrial Instrumentation Techniques
On invitation of the Government of Andhra Pradesh the Deccan Education Society’s Pune (Maharashtra, INDIA) has acquired a piece of land of 50 acres in 2009 at Kurraklva, Renigunta Mandal, Chittoor district in Andhra Pradesh adjacent to Tirupati International Airport.
The new campus of DES’s is started by the name of ‘Fergusson Centre for Higher Learning’. Fergusson Centre for Higher Learning has well established facilities with three well equipped laboratories:
Infrastructure facility also includes:
- One Computer laboratory
- Separate Autoclave room
- Two classrooms
- A Library
- Administrative office
- Reception room
- Conference hall
- Meeting Room etc.