The Shikshan Prasarak Mandali, Pune, is one of the private educational societies in Maharashtra. It was established in 1883 .
The New Poona College was founded in 1916 at the hands of well-known British Governor Lord Willingdon, who took a lot of interest in education. The inspiration came from no less a person than Honorable Shri. Vishnushastri Chiplunkar, who had a sincere desire to serve the country through education.
Vishnushastri Chiplunkar, Lokmanya Tilak, Gopalkrishna Gokhale, N. C. Kelkar and M. M. Datto Vaman Potdar were closely associated with its rapid growth and development.
All the institutions of S.P.Mandali are known for their academic excellence and attract students from all parts of India. Ramnarain Ruia College, Mumbai has been awarded ‘Four Stars’, Ramniranjan Anandilal Podar College, Mumbai ‘A+’ grade; Sir Parsurambhau College, Pune ‘A’ grade and Tilak College of Education, Pune the ‘B +’ grade by the National Assessment & Accreditation Council of India. Principal L.N.Welingkar Institute of Management, Mumbai has the distinction of being 7th in the South Asia region. Welingkar Institute also has several foreign collaborations and exchange programmes.