Deogiri College, Aurangabad was founded in 1960 at the central place of Marathwada. The region had been under the clutches of Nizam in the Hyderabad state till 1948. It became the part of Maharashtra in 1956 in accordance with the policy of formation of linguistic states. Barely two years after, the Marathwada Shikshan Prasarak Mandal was founded. The foundation of this largest educational institute in Marathwada was nothing but a zealous attempt to provide light of knowledge to those who had been suffering in the darkness of ignorance. The institute was founded by Mr. V.R. Sawant and Mr. Vinayakrao Patil who were assisted by a team of dedicated social workers.
The institute began with a motto of “Duritanche timir jawo” meaning let the darkness of ignorance be driven away. Nizam’s rule was solely responsible for the backwardness of the region. After liberation with growing aspirations the people of this region began to tread the path of progress and the foundation of this institute should be viewed as a part of this march towards progress.
The institute founded Deogiri College with the objective to provide higher education to rural masses. The foundation of this college was a noble attempt towards the search of identity. Many years back this region had reached peaks of progress under the Yadav dynasty at Deogiri fort. Remembering the mission of Shivaji the great to bring out social justice to the backward sections, the college began to work hard for economically and socially backward masses.
The college was inaugurated at the auspicious hands of Mr. Yeshwantrao Chavan, the architect of Maharashtra.
Within a span of 42 years the college has built up its reputation as a formidable center of higher education. It has with great difficulty, maintained the balance between qualitative and quantitative growth. On the one hand it has the strength of about 4500 students and on the other it has remarkable number of merit holders.
Today the college is attempting to move towards excellence under the able guidance of Shri Prakash Sundarrao Solanke, President and Shri Satish Bhanudasrao Chavan , Secretary of the institute. Especially during the last decade the college has fast moved forward in terms of infrastructure, talented faculty, promising students and learning resources. We have tried to locate ourselves in the educational map of the state. We hope that the assessment and accreditation by NAAC will encourage us still furthers to move faster towards excellence overcoming difficulties on weaknesses if there are any.