Dr. Patangrao Kadam established Bharati Vidyapeeth in Pune in 1964. The mission that Bharati Vidyapeeth has defined for itself is to bring about intellectual awakening of people through the spread of education and to prepare human resources needed for all round development, particularly economic, of the country.
Bharati Vidyapeeth had a very humble beginning. Bharati Vidyapeeth had its birth in a small room in a remote corner of an old part of Pune City. The onlookers then could not digest the word "Vidyapeeth" (University) in BVDU name "Bharati Vidyapeeth". A newspaper once sarcastically commented that this Vidyapeeth born in a congested lane of Pune City, would meet its natural death there itself. But that was not to be so. Bharati Vidyapeeth flourished and flourished extensively. It achieved ever greater heights of success. It went in search of new horizons and expanded its sphere of activities at an unbelievable speed.
It was around 1963, when he was still a part time school teacher that Dr. Kadam was disturbed on seeing that not many Maharashtrian students could get admissions to national level institutions such as National Defence Academy or clear competitive examinations. He noted that the root cause of this was a relatively weak foundation of these students in subjects such as English and Mathematics. With a view to promote interest and liking in the minds of the students for these two subjects, Bharati Vidyapeeth, since its inception, started conducting competitive examinations for school going children in the same. This subsequently became its major activity, which still continues.
Since its inception, Bharati Vidyapeeth has made astonishing strides in the field of education, particularly, higher and professional education. Now, it conducts around 180 educational units of various kinds’ right from pre-primary schools to postgraduate institutions and a university. It runs more than 78 schools and 60 institutions of higher education, including those of professional education. Among these are colleges of Medicine, Dentistry, Ayurved, Homeopathy, Nursing, Pharmacy, Engineering, Management, Hotel Management & Catering Technology, Environment Science, Agriculture etc.
With a view to promote research activities and to create a research culture on its campuses, Bharati Vidyapeeth has established five specialized research institutes in the areas of Health Related Sciences, Biotechnology, Information Technology, Applied Chemistry and Social Sciences.
Today, Bharati Vidyapeeth has its campuses in New Delhi, Navi Mumbai, Pune, Solapur, Kolhapur, Sangli, Karad, Satara, and Panchgani and at quite a few other places. Bharati Vidyapeeth is probably the only organization from Maharashtra having its campus in the capital city of India. It is not in the urban areas alone that Bharati Vidyapeeth has started its institutions. Its schools and colleges have dotted rural areas and even the remotest tribal and coastal areas of Maharashtra.
The corporate office of Bharati Vidyapeeth is located in the prestigious area of Deccan Gymkhana in the city of Pune. Its 10 storied building, once the tallest in Pune, is a landmark of the city.
April 26, 1996 was the moment of crowning glory in the life of Bharati Vidyapeeth, as well as, of Dr. Kadam. It is the day the Government of India, on the recommendation of the University Grants Commission, granted the status of "Deemed to be University" to a cluster of 12 institutions of Bharati Vidyapeeth in appreciation of their academic excellence. It was the day a dream came true for Dr. Kadam who cherished an ambition of gaining the stature of a university for Bharati Vidyapeeth since its inception. Thus, Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University came into existence on that day.
Bharati Vidyapeeth College of Pharmacy was established in 1993 at CBD Belapur, Navi Mumbai. Bharati Vidyapeeth College of Pharmacy occupies an area of over 35000 Sq.ft.. It is located in the Thane-Belapur belt which is an important industrial area of Navi Mumbai. The college is close to Belapur railway station and is also well-connected by roads to all parts of Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Thane.
Hon. Dr. Patangrao Kadam’s commitment to bring about “Social Transformation Through Dynamic Education” has enabled our college to achieve the highest pinnacle of the academic glory. We, at our campus conduct B. Pharmacy (Bachelor of Pharmacy), M. Pharmacy (Master of Pharmacy) in four specializations namely Pharmaceutics, Quality Assurance, Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacology and Doctorate (Ph. D. Tech) programme in specializations namely pharmaceutics and medicinal chemistry. All these courses are affiliated to the University of Mumbai.
Under the leadership and guidance of Dr. Vilasrao Kadam, our college has made its mark in Mumbai region and it has developed a state of the art infrastructure and very well equipped research labs. Now BVCOP has come to the fore-front as one of the leading pharmacy colleges of Mumbai within a span of 21 years. It has provided several competent and well-trained pharmacy professionals to the fast growing pharmaceutical industry.