Inspite of the process of phenomenal growth of the textile industry which was taking place at Ichalkaranji during last 25 years there was no educational institute up to 1980 which could cater a industry’s need of technically trained man power. The local industry was facing handicapped due to the dearth of technically qualified personnel. Different co-op. organizations from Ichalkaranji therefore came together under the leadership of Mr. K.B. Awade (Ex. M.P.) to educational society in 1981 with a view to start institutes and colleges to cater to education in the field of Textiles. Engineering. Management, Medicines and others so as to provide education facilities in various fields to students of this rural area of western region of the Maharashtra State and also to support the growth of Industry by providing technically qualified professionals. The education society thus formed was named after Late Shri. Dattajirav Kadam an ardent social worker and veteran co-operator of this town. In this endeavor, Ichalkaranji Municipality and a number of generous and philanthropic citizens extended their wholehearted support.
Presently the institute conducts ten-degree courses in Textiles, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science & Engineering, Information Technology, and Electronic Engineering, Electronics & Telecommunications Engineering, three diploma courses in Textiles and seven postgraduate courses in textiles as well as Mechanical Engineering and Electronic Engineering The total student strength of the institute is around 3000 and has 176 teaching faculty members and 285 non-teaching staff.
Our Society also started diploma courses at DKTE’s Yashwantrao Chavan Polytechnic, Sahkara Nagar, Sangli Road Ichalkaranji with 5 branches Civil Engineering, Computer Science &Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering, Mechanical Engineering in the academic year 2012-13. The total student strength of the institute is around 700 and has 54 teaching faculty members and 51 non-teaching staff. This institute also holds a prestigious ISO 9001: 2000 Certification.
The management has provided excellent infrastructural facilities and highly qualified staff. As a result of this, a very high standard of education is maintained. Apart from regular teaching, this institute is well known for its interaction with the industry. In this field, it is not only known in India but also has achieved recognition at the International level with projects from Oman and Nigeria. The D.K.T.E. society has also extended facilities in other areas of education by starting Primary Schools, High schools, Junior college, Physical Education College and institute of Vocational Education, Management college, Commerce college, CBSE Curriculum school. Mr. K.B. Awade is the Chairman of this society, Shri. P.K. Awade is the Vice-Chairman, Mr. R.V. Ketkar is the Treasurer, and Mrs. S.U. Awade is the Hon. Secretary.