About RPES

Pune – a city which has earned for itself a place of distinction on the map of India, is a unique place in every respect.  It has been the center of freedom movement in pre-independence India and presently an IT hub, house of culture and above all a seat of learning.

But when one looks back, one notices that around the 1920s, the eastern part of the city was economically and educationally backward while the western part had many institutions imparting knowledge.  Some enthusiastic people deeply interested in education living in the Rasta Peth came together and on the 29th August 1927 they kindled a flame of knowledge, which was none other than the ‘Rasta Peth Education Society’ consisting 100/150 pupils.  But the school and the Society had to face many problems such as inculcating love, respect towards education in comparatively poor and illiterate families and getting financial help from outside.  This was indeed a Herculian task.

In 1934 when Abasaheb Atre joined the school, its condition was more than worse.  The number of pupils was less.  To have the institution established against the many odds it was facing was the great task before him.  He, however, did not lose his heart.  In 1937 Abasaheb Atre took the responsibility as the Principal.  Despite the adverse conditions he started night classes for workers.  He personally convinced parents the importance of learning and appealed them to send their wards to his school.  He literally went from door to door to gather students and raise money.  Facing all such difficulties he tried to run the school smoothly.  Soon the night classes turned into Night High School.  The Night School received the ‘Patkar shield’ for the highest results at the S.S.C. Exams in the State in 1985.  The shield was given by the Maharashtra State Night High School Principals’ Association’.  In 1988 the Night School celebrated its Golden Jubilee.  With determination, dedication and devotion Abasaheb Atre continued his work.  School was his life’s mission.  He got valuable guidance and active support by the then Chairperson Shri. Raosaheb Dixit.  The school kept on marching on the path of progress smoothly.

A small stream may turn into a roaring river!  This expression goes well with the ‘Rasta Peth Education Society’, which stands on the Station Road.  This magnificent eye-catching three storeyed building attracts everyone’s attention.  In its long run of 80 years, it has extended with its sprawling branches at Day School & Junior College; Night School & Junior College; English Medium Pre-Primary & Primary School; English Medium High School and Marathi Medium Primary School.  Students are benefiting from this center of learning from morning to night.  Both teachers and students have brightened up the name and status of the institution by hard work and consistency.  Well-known internationally acclaimed Hindustani classical vocalist Dr. Prabha Atre and Chief of the Cricket Control Board of India Shri. Chandu Borde who have been honoured with the National award ‘Padmabhushan’ are past students of this institution.  May other faculty members have gained fame on an international level, making the institution proud.

On 29th August 2002, the Rasta Peth Education Society successfully completed its 75 years of its service to the cause of education and has continued further in its mission with new hopes and dreams.

As the number of students increased, the old school building turned insufficient.  The place taken in the adjacent building also could not suffice the need.  So in 1951 the Society purchased land on the Station road, which was in the possession of the Gayakwad of Baroda State.  In 1952 Silver Jubilee of the Society was celebrated on this land.  for the problem of the construction of the building, Abasaheb Atre worked day and night, raised funds and completed the building.  In 1959, the building was inaugurated by well-known educationist and philosopher, the then Vice-President of India, Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan in pomp and glory.

The Society with its Day High School, Junior College and Night High School completed its long run of 50 years.  On the Golden Jubilee celebrations in 1977, well-known Marathi play writer and director Shri. Purshottam Darvekar inaugurated the Society’s open-air theatre.  On the same day, it was decided to start an English Medium High School and the Junior K.G. class started accordingly.  Now the English Medium School runs classes up to 10th standard and the percentage of students passing in the S.S.C. Exam is above 90%.

In 1987 the Diamond Jubilee of the Society was attended by the then President of India Hon’ble Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma.  This was indeed a memorable landmark in the history of the Society.  On one hand there was an increase in the number of students and on the other hand keen efforts were being made towards the all round development of the students.  In between during 1955 to 1966 the Society conducted the S.T.C. Institute but due to the Government’s resolution, the same had to be closed.  In 1975 the Junior College started conducting Science and Commerce classes and today only the Commerce classes are being held.  It brings in a deep sense of satisfaction to note that the admissions to all institutions of the Society are based solely on the criteria of academic interest and no donations are taken.  It is a matter of pride that the results of the Junior College has been above 75% all through.

Recently the School has got 12 computers from the local development funds from the elected representatives.  Besides these, facilities like a well-equipped library, stores, drawing classes have also been made available for the students.  Students actively participate in different activities under the guidance of able and trained teachers.  They have also been achieving great success in exams and in various inter-school competitions.  The girls have been winning prizes – first and second places in the inter-school competitions of yoga, lezium, folk dance and calisthenics consistently for the past many years.  The competitions are being held by the Poona Girls School Sports’ Association’.  Girl students are winners in calisthenics competition every year.  Science projects of the School are being selected/awarded for the past three years by the ‘Bal Vigyan Parishad’.  Students also present their projects in the science exhibition and have been winning prizes.

Many teachers of the Society have got ‘Ideal Teacher Award’ while two teachers have got National awards.  In other fields too teachers have shown their talents and have raised the prestige of the Society.  Several eminent personalities have taught in the school out of love for the Society and the cause of education and it is because of them the Society has reached great heights.

Shri. Abasaheb Atre and his colleagues, life members and teachers have taken great efforts to enhance the status of the Society, to get recognition by the public as an excellent educational Society.  People living in the area also have a lion’s share in the phenomenal success of this venture.  Guruvarya Abasaheb Atre along with his family dedicated his life for moulding and uplifting the Society from the very beginning.  He used to think of Society, speak of Society and dream of Society.  It is worth mentioning that the different institutions of the Society have been named after Abasaheb Atre.  Today there are in all 2800 students being educated in the institutions run by the Society.  Soon the extension of the building would be undertaken to facilitate the students to take-up new activities.  Everyone associated with the Society believes that under the guidance of able governing body members, efficient officers, the Society will steadily tread the path of progress in its mission of spreading knowledge and educating the generations to come.  It is committed to its motto ‘satatam urdhwam’.

Abasaheb Atre English Medium School, Pune, an institution run by the Rasta Peth Education Society, is celebrating its Silver Jubilee this year.

Rasta Peth Educational Society was established in 1927 by philanthropists in the then economically and educationally backward Eastern part of the Pune city.

In August 1979 the English Medium School was started with no financial aid from the government.  In 1990 the school was named after Guruvarya Abasaheb Atre, the founder principal of the school who dedicated his life for the betterment of the school and relentlessly worked for the cause of education.

Although unaided today it is a government recognised private school and runs classes from nursery to tenth with a strength of over 700 students.  The school has a library with more than 3000 books, a well equipped science laboratory, computer centre, and other facilities.  The students of the school who come from the lower middle class have faired well in extra curricular inter school and district level activities and have an average passing result of 90%.

It has been decided to celebrate the landmark event of completing 25 successful years on in the later part of the year, say August 2005 onwards.

  • ‘‘Satatam Urdhvam’ – always ahead’.
  • to provide quality, value-based education to the under-privileged and marginalized children / sections of society.
  • provide
  • educational facilities at minimum cost.
  • value based education.
  • facilities for holistic development.
  • knowledge and skills to be self-reliant.
  • opportunity for overall personality development.
  • program to tap potential talents.
  • Enable children
  • to become good human beings.
  • to be responsible citizens.
  • to be confident and self-reliant.