Pravara Rural University
University description (as per official university website)
While working with the rural masses, Padmashri Vithalrao Vikhe Patil realized the urgent need for organized activities in many social areas to build healthy, industrious and prosperous society. A comprehensive rural health care model was the natural consequence of this realisation. In a society where health care facilities were inadequate and inaccessible to the poor, the Pravara Medical Trust - the parent body of this DEEMED UNIVERSITY was established in 1972 in a village called Loni.
The trust was founded with the objectives - to provide quality health care to the rural people, - to train medical and paramedical manpower in formal education, - to demystify medicine through training community groups to coup up with their health problems, - to conduct research leading to improving "quality of life" of people.
IMPROVE THE 'PRODUCTIVITY' OF THE RURAL PEOPLE through increased 'QUALITY OF LIFE' by making health system more effective and responsive to the needs of the people.
SERVE THE RURAL PEOPLE, especially the poor, the downtrodden and the weaker sections of the society irrespective of caste, creed, race and religion.
Comprehensive medical and health care
Need based medical & health education Research - need based, fundamental, interventional
Intersectoral approach to health
Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences University was established under Section (3) of the University Grants Commission (UGC) Act 1956 on 29th September, 2003 by Government of India, Ministry of Human Resource Development vide its notification No. F.9-11/2000-U-3.
The Pravara Medical Trust is the parent Organisaiton of the University and was established in 1972 in a small village Loni of Ahmednagar District (Maharashtra State) by a visionary Padmashri Dr. Vitthalrao Vikhe Patil, the founder of Co-operative movement in India.
In 1976 the Trust started providing primary and secondary level medical care with establishment of a modest hospital of 100 beds and over a period of time the hospital grew in to 800 beds multi-disciplinary, superspeciality medical institute with state of art facilities.
The following institutes under the ambit of the University
Rural Medical College & Hospital, Loni
Rural Dental College & Hospital, Loni
College of Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation Center, Loni
College of Nursing, Loni
Centre For Social Medicine, Loni
Center for Biotechnology, Loni
Bioscience Management School, Sinnar
The University is unique in more than one way. It is specialised in Medical and Health Sciences with a dedication to serve the society as a Center of Excellence with emphasis on socially meaningful medical education, health care and research.
The trust has received accolades from His Excellency Dr.A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, President of India for the pioneer work done in the field of integrated rural Development and appreciated the participative model of Integrated Rural Development followed at Loni as Role Model for the development of Rural India and has been referred by his Excellency as operative model of PURA- Providing Urban Amenities to Rural Area.
The Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences - Deemed University at present offers various under graduate , post graduate and Diploma level programs.
This University has the same status as that of other statutory Universities in India. The degrees, diplomas and certificates awarded by the University have approval of the Government of India, Govt. of Maharashtra and other states as well as the University Grants commission (UGC), Medical Council of India (MCI) Dental Council of India (DCI), All India Physiotherapists Association (AIPA) Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI) and Nursing Council of India (INC).
The infrastructure developed at the University Campus provides an opportunity to the meritorious students to become, appropriate and needbased health providers in their own environment.