The Punjabhai Patel College of Education was established in July, 1963 by Gondia Education Society Gondia after the name of its donor Late ShriPunjabhai Patel. Late ShriDevendrabhai Patel, Ex-President of Gondia Education Society played a pivotal role in its establishment. The most important feature of the college is its uniqueness as the only Hindi medium teacher education institute in the Vidharbha region of Maharashtra. Our college popularly known as P. P. College is the only institute in Gondia district which imparts instruction leading to the degree of Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.). The institution is fully aided by Government of Maharashtra.It is included under 2(f) and 12(B) of the University Grants Commission Act. The institution is recognized by the National Council for Teacher Education, New Delhi and permanently affiliated to RashtrasantTukdojiMaharaj Nagpur University, Nagpur. The Institution has also upgraded to College of Teacher Education (CTE) under Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India with effect from 2012. The institution is already accredited by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bengaluru (Karnataka) in the year 2004 with “B+” level status.
The institution at present runs B.Ed. (Regular), two year course affiliated to RashtrasantTukdojiMaharaj Nagpur University, Nagpur and D.El.Ed. Course is affiliated to Maharashtra State Council of Educational Research and Training (MSCERT), Pune. The College has also runs Distance Education Courses B.Ed. (In-service), M.A. (Education) and Diploma in School Management (D.S.M.) which are affiliated to YashwantraoChouhan Maharashtra Open University, Nashik (Maharashtra). The M.Ed. course also was conducted by the college during the year 1977 to 1999 and 2007 to 2018. The institution has also recognized as Place of Higher Learning and Research by RashtrasantTukdojiMaharaj Nagpur University, Nagpur with effect from 2009.The college is having rich library having more than 25 thousand books with several national and international research journals, encyclopedia, e-journals, magazines, audio-video resources, volumes etc. The college library is fully computerized along with the software INFLIBNET Soul 2.0 and having internet and computer facility, wi-fi facility, reading room etc. The college has well designed and good equipped infrastructural facilities along with well-equipped Psychology lab, IT lab, Science Lab, Seminar hall, teaching halls, Conference Hall, Meeting Hall, Staff rooms, separate rooms for teaching methods, girls common room, gymnasium independent toilets for boys and girls in adequate numbers, Principal office, rooms for non-teaching staff, women’s hostel, research Centre and multipurpose playground also.
The college is having highly experienced and qualified faculty. There are four research guides in the college who are recognized by R.T.M. Nagpur University Nagpur to supervise Ph.D. level research work in the faculty of Education (Interdisciplinary Studies) of R.T.M. Nagpur University, Nagpur. At present 11 students are working for Ph.D. and 08 students have already been awarded Ph.D. in Education by R. T. M. Nagpur University, Nagpur.The institution through the Department of Research and Extension has undertaken several research projects on action research with the co-operation of high school teachers in Gondia district. Many extension activities like arrangement of lecture series, Tree Plantation Programme, street plays, Blood Donation Camp, Collection of Medicines etc. have been organized by the institution.Our vision is to create value based excellent teachers that would work in adverse condition for the poor downtrodden society and this provides support to national mission “Education for all through excellent value based training for all” In a nutshell, the institution is all set to achieve “Excellence in Teacher Education” and this objective is adopted as a mission sentence (motto) by our institution.