The Shikshan Prasarak Mandali, Pune, is one of the most prestigious private educational societies in Maharashtra. It was established in 1888 to promoted education and make it easily accessible to all economic classes in Maharashtra . It was a positive way of responding to the growing awareness of the importance of higher education and urgent needs of the society at that point of time Shri.K.B.Dongre, R.G.Deo, D.S.Karambelkar and R.B.Kulkarni ,were the founding members who were committed teachers and valued education. Their vision and mission remain a guiding force to all institutions run by S.P.Mandali till today.
In the last 125 years of its glorious sojourn in the field education, S.P.Mandali has established more than 40 institutions in Maharashtra. There include Pre-Primary, Secondary and Higher Secondary schools, Arts, Science and commerce colleges, College for education, a school for hearing impaired children, a Therapeutic Drug Monitoring Laboratory, an institute carrying out research in Ayurvedic and Herbal Medicine and management institute.
All the institution of the S. P. Mandali are known for their academic excellence and attract students from all parts of India and abroad. Ramnarain Ruia College, Mumbai has been awarded 'A' Grade, Ramniranjan Anandilal Podar College, Mumbai 'A' grade ; Sir Parsurambhau College, Pune 'A' grade and Tilak College of Education, Pune 'A' grade by the National Assessment & Accreditation Council of India . The Management Institutes run by the Mandali have been rated high by the respective accreditation agencies
R. A. Podar College of Commerce & Economics is an educational institution established by the Shikshan Prasarak Mandali, Pune in 1941. it was the first non-government commerce colleges under the University of Mumbai . The college is accredited with an 'A' grade (CGPA of 3.63 on a four point scale) which reaffirmed the quality education provided by the college . With the vision 'Samaani va Aakooti : Samaanaa Hridayaani Vaham ' One in mind and One in heart' , the college has been consistently successful in producing quality students on the academic, athletic and co-curricular fronts. True to the mission 'Na hi gnyaanen sadrasham pavitramiha vidyate’ meaning 'There is nothing in this universe as pure as knowledge'.
Podar College provides a platform for students to explore their talent while being in the forefront of academics. Blessed with dedicated and committed faculty Podar gives the best ambience for the learners. There are myriad forums in the college like Speaker's Academy, Planning Forum and Economics Association, Group Discussion Cell, Women Development Cell, Artists' Guild to a few . The college has a vibrant NSS and NCC units which help in developing all round personalty of its students. The Students' Exchange Programme with a German school, facilitates to students also enjoy international exposure.
Over the years, Podarites have been shining bright in different areas. From Farookh Engineer, Dilip Vengasrkar in sports to Mahalakshmi lyer in music. Podar has also witnessed the growth of on entrepreneur in Padmashri Bhavarlal Jain and also a political leader in Gurudas Kamath. The list is endless. Following their footstep, the present generation has also won top honours in the academics as also in several inter collegiate, interstate and international events. The future prospect of Podarites is reflected in our maxim 'Podar-Nurturing Intellect, Creating Personalities'.