The City of Pune, today is known as the nucleus of education. The city owes this reputation to several educational institutes. The Maharashtra Education Society holds an important share. In 1860 Maharashtra Education Society (MES) formerly called as Poona Native Institutions was founded by Vaman Prabhakar Bhave, Vasudev Balvant Phadke, and Laxman Narhar Indapurkar. The great revolutionary freedom fighter Vasudev Balvant Phadke was the first Secretary and treasurer of Maharashtra Education Society.
It was formed with the aim of planting nationalistic thoughts and creating a generation of strong character and ideals. The last Hundred and Fifty two year's stands testimony to the fact that the aims of the society have been achieved. MES has given several gems in various fields, not just to Maharashtra but also to the nation. What started as a simple, single seed is now an enormous tree.
Identifying the changing needs of the times and with a vision of the future, MES has achieved several novel targets. Little pathways of ester years have now transformed into huge boulevard. The growing capacity of MES have made it inevitable for the society to branch out of Pune into Saswad, Baramati, Panvel, Belapur, Kalamboli, Shirwal, Kasar Amboli and Nagar. The society is operational even in Chiplun through the ayurvedic education and services.