From four schools in 1992 to 29 educational institutes, 1,100 teaching and 700 non-teaching staff with 27,000 students at the end of the 2013 academic year, it has been no ordinary journey for the Maharashtra Cosmopolitan Education Society (MCES)
Set up with the objective of providing education to the economically, educationally and socially weaker sections of society, the Ma- harashtra Cosmopolitan Education Society (MCES) today figures among the oldest educational organisations of Pune. It is an educational soci- ety registered under the Society’s Reg- istration Act of 1860 and also a Public Trust registered under the Bombay Pub- lic Trust Act 1950. It is also registered under section 12(a) of Income Tax Act 1961 and is exempted under Section 80G of the said Act by the Income Tax Commissioner, Pune.
Set in the scenic surroundings of Pune which provides a peaceful envi- ronment conducive to studying for the students, the society today boasts of an educational complex of higher, medical, technical and professional academic in- stitutions in the field of Arts, Animation and Multimedia, Science, Commerce, Computer Science, Law, Education, Pharmacy, Management Sciences, Architecture, Dental Sciences, Hospitality Studies, Information Technology etc. A total of 1,000 girls and 600 boys stay in two separate hostels inside the campus.
Over the years, the society has made tremendous progress in all fields – academics, sports, and extra-curricular activities. The infrastructure is laced with beautiful buildings, well-laid internal roads, a picturesque landscape, fully equipped laboratories, libraries with over 2,500 computers and furnished hostels for boys and girls. The Sports Complex and pavilion constructed in accordance with national standards is a recognised play area.
In keeping with the times, the MCES campus is equipped with several modern digital libraries and reading rooms, laboratories and smart classrooms. All the institutes are connected through 155 MBPS T-1 Internet line for faster and better e-communication. The entire 24-acre campus is Wi-Fi and safely guarded with 120 night vision cameras. The campus motto has always been to provide the students with the best facilities possible.
The society has made a record to implement Maharashtra State mandatory basic computer certificate (MS-CIT) for students of classes IV and V and dents more than 6,500 stuhave cleared the state level exam and achieved this recognised MS-CIT certificate. All members of the teaching staff and 75 per cent of the non-teaching staff, including class IV employees, have also cleared the MS-CIT.
The students too take maximum advantage of these facilities and have shown great results by participating in state and national level competitions and bringing laurels to their respective colleges and institutions. The moral and value education enhances the person- ality of the students and develops self confidence, self-respect and a positive attitude towards life.
Today, the MCES acts as a source of inspiration and a role model to follow for many educational institutions, not just in Maharashtra, but across India. Rightfully then, their progress and development have been duly lauded and recognised by the Government of India. The M.C.E.Society was awarded the first “Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Literacy Award” constituted by the Maulana Azad Education Foundation, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India for being one of the best minority educational campuses in India.