Rayat Shikshan Sanstha,Satara is one of the leading educational institutions in Asia. It has, from the very beginning, its emphasis is on the education of the down-trodden, the poor and the ignorant who really form the major bulk of society. To impart liberal and vocational education, from pre-primary to university level is the mission of the Sanstha.The founder of the institution, Late Padmabhushan Dr. Karmveer Bhaurao Patil, was a man of the masses .He devoted all his life to the cause of education. Wayback in 1919,Anna founded Rayat Shikshan Sanstha in Satyashodhak Parishad by opening a Boarding House at Kale ,near Karad, in Satara district . He believed that education alone could correct the social ills such as caste-hierarchy, illiteracy, superstitions. He tried his best to establish social and economic equality. Throughout his life, he tried to translate this belief into reality
To-day, the sanstha has been conducting 42 Colleges, 7 Training colleges, 438 Secondary schools, , 51 Primary schools including 19 English- Medium Schools). It also conducts 33 Pre-primary schools, 91 Cosmopolitan hostels, 8 Ashramshalas, and one Research Institute .This unique institution is working devotedly in about 15 districts of Maharashtra and one district in Karnataka. Total number of employees is 13553.The total number students receiving education is 4, 58,044. The above figures speak of the phenomenal progress and achievement of the Sanstha as dreamt by the Karmveer.
The Sanstha received number Awards and honours for its valuable contribution to society especially to the field of education .Prominent among the honours are -Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Award by Government. of India(1994). Dalit Mitra Puraskar by the Government of Maharashtra(1993-94) Rajarshi Shahu Puraskar by the Rajarshi Chh.Shahu Memorial Trust, Kolhapur(1998)) Adarsha Shikshan Sanstha Puraskar by the Govt of Maharashtra (2000-01), Shri Sant Gadage Maharaj Seva Puraskar by the Shri Sant Gadage Maharaj Mission, Mumbai (2001-02),Shikshan Maharshi " Dr. Panjabrao Upakhya Bhausaheb Deshmukh Smriti Puraskar by Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University, Nasik(2003) ,Shahu, Phule, Ambedkar Puraskar by Government of Maharashtra(2012-13). Jivangourav Puraskar by Maharashtra Foundation in 2013-14(America & Sadhana Trust), Satara Bhushan Puraskar by R.N.Godbole Trust, Satara (2015-16), Bharatratna Moulana Abul Kalam Azad Puraskar by Pune Municipal Corporation, Pune(2016) Prin.R.K. Kanbarkar Puraskar by Shivaji University, Kolhapur(2017) Karmayogi Puraskar by Prin.Dr.P.B.Patil, Social forum Trust, Sangli(2018) and many others.
In the present era of globalization and liberalization, there is a need to reconsider the present education at all its levels. These two concepts have changed all the concerns and references. It is necessary to shift the focus from the traditional methods. For imparting education, use the innovative methods and modern technology becomes almost necessary. In view of this, the Rayat Shikshan Sanstha has actively started the process of adjusting with new emerging global trends.