Dr. Vitthalrao Vikhe Patil (29 August 1901 - 27 April 1980)
Therefore, Padmashri began exploring ways of uplifting the farmers of this area. It dawned on him that co-operative movement was the only ideal medium to achieve his goal. So begins the saga of co-operative movement in India.He pioneered co-operative movement as a tool for social, educational & economic upliftment of the rural masses.
His untiring efforts changed the rural scene of Maharashtra & created awareness amongst the people to lead a prospective purposeful life.He was awarded "Padmashree" the distinguished title in appreciation of his life's work with the co-operative movement, at the hands of the President of India, Late. Dr. Rajendra Prasad in 1972. He was felicitated with the honorary D. Lit. degree by University of Pune in 1968 and Doctor of Science in 1979 by Mahatma Phule Krishiv Vidyapeeth, Rahuri.