Zeal Entrepreneur Development Cell


To develop and act as the core facility in fostering growth of innovation and entrepreneurship amongst the faculty and students of Zeal Education Society and to promote entrepreneurial culture in the college


  1. To act as central facility for providing various services including information on all aspects of enterprise building to budding entrepreneurs of Zeal Education Society.
  2. To create Entrepreneurial culture in Zeal Education Society and other institutions in the region.
  3. To inculcate a culture of innovation driven entrepreneurship through student projects.
  4. To catalyze and promote development of S&T knowledge-based enterprises and promote employment opportunities in the innovative areas.
  5. To assist prospective entrepreneurs in preparation of project reports.
  6. To provide incubation facility to student entrepreneurs



Zeal Entrepreneurship Development Cell has been established and working under the auspices of  Shri. S.M. Katkar, who has also founded Zeal Education Society to propagate elementary to professional education with a special focus on building indigenous knowledge and independent employability skills. Since its inception of Zeal Education Society, our Founder Director has time and again exhorted the trustees of the Society, faculty members of the affiliated institutions, and the student community about the importance of self sufficiency in career planning.

Thanks to the shrinking job opportunities, increasing entrepreneurial opportunities, and more conducive environmental changes, the thought process on shaping a working model of Zeal Entrepreneurship Development Cell started a year back. After relentless follow up, and conviction of Prof. Jayesh Katkar, the dream of our founder was materialized on 2nd March, 2013. Mr. Pramod Choudahry, Chairman, PRAJ Group, Dr. E. B. Khedkar, Dean, Management Studies, University of Pune, Dr. Rajendra Hiremath, Director-Finance & Administration, Raj Group, inaugurated the cell.

He has been serving as a head of various engg. Colleges in University of Pune. Sir is a PhD in E&TC and has affiliation to various professional bodies such as IETE, ISTE, IE, CSI, etc.

He is also member of BoS for different subjects in Mumbai University, University of Pune, and BAMU, Aurangabad. He is also part of the Syllabus committee for PhD and ME coursework at University of Pune and BVU, Pune. He has headed many university committees for Pune University and other reputed Universities

Dr. Gaikwad Arun N. Principal, ZES’s Dnyanganga College Of Engg. and Research, Nahre, Pune

He is currently serving as a Dean R & D and Professor in Dept. of Mechanical Engg. at the campus. Sir is one among few veterans who have sown the seeds of ZEDC in the campus. He has a wide network of entrepreneurs and academicians at his possession. Many activities are chalked out in the upcoming schedule of ZEDC, due to his active involvement and guidance

Dr. Anand Bewoor, Professor, Mechanical Enginnering, DCOER, Narhe, Pune.

rahul more
ZED Cell Co-ordinator

He has worked with various reputed pharmaceutical companies from 1997 to 2003. He later joined a nonprofit NGO wing of Xavier’s Institute of Business Management, Bhbaneshwar. He is passionate about the academics of Business Education, Social Entrepreneurship, and Rural Entrepreneurship.
He has also presented and published many research papers on different areas of management studies. Currently he is doing his doctoral research work in the area of ‘Horticulture distribution practices’.

Dr. Rahul More, Asst. Professor, Zeal Institute Of Business Administration, Computer Application & Research, Pune.

Entrepreneurship Awards

Zeal Education Society identifies and felicitates such first generation entrepreneurs who are involved in developing local enterprises, business models, and skill sets thereby creating employment opportunities.


Zeal Education Society identifies and felicitates such first generation entrepreneurs who are involved in developing local enterprises, business models, and skill sets thereby creating employment opportunities.

Mr. Pramod Choudhari, Founder Chairman, Praj Group was felicitated at the hands of Shri. S. M. Katkar and also conferred with the “Successful First Generation Entrepreneurship” award on 2nd March, 2013.

Mrs. Sunanda Pawar, a renowned social activist in Baramati region and a member of Agriculture Development Trust, Baramati, was conferred with Zeal  Leadership Award for her contribution to the community development activities in the region. The award was given during the National Seminar on “Reverse Innovation” organized by DICER in the A.Y. 2013.

Previous recipients of the Zeal Awards

Sr. No. Name of the Awardees Name of the Award Year
01 Mrs. Meenakshi Dhade, Founder Bhagini Nivedita Bank “Successful Woman In Management” (SWIM) Oct 2019
02 Ms. Padmini Panse, Founder Partner The Bumble Bee a Trainer and Development Firm “Successful Woman In Management” (SWIM) Dec 2017
03 Dr. Sapna Sharma, Samupdeshak Shiromani, Author, Spiritual Counselor, Life reinvention Coach, Motivational Speaker, Trainer “Successful Woman In Management” (SWIM) March 2016
04 Ms. Arundhati Joshi, Managing Director, Plazma Technologies Pvt. LTd, Pune “Successful Woman In Management” (SWIM) March 2015
05  Mrs. Vijaymala Bajirao Desai, Founder and Chairperson, Indira Gandhi Bhartiya Mahila Vikas Sahakari Sakhar Karkhana Ltd “Successful Woman In Management” (SWIM) March 2014
06  Mrs. Sunanda Rajendra Pawar, Thounds of successful women manning the stalls at Bhimthadi “Successful Woman In Management” (SWIM) March 2013
07 Mr. Pandurang Shinde, Founder MD, Cyclo Group, Satara “Successful First Generation Entrepreneurship” March 2012
08 Mr. D. S. Kulkarni, Founder, DSK Group of Companies, Pune “Successful Man in Management” (SMIM) March 2012
09 Mrs. Leela Poonanwallah “Successful Woman In Management” (SWIM) March 2012
10 Ms. Jhelam Chaubal, Kesari Tours & Travels, Pune “Successful Woman In Management” (SWIM) March 2011
11 Dr. Charudutt Apte
Chairman & Managing Director
“Successful Man In Management” (SMIM) March 2011
12 Dr. Priyadarshini Karve, Director, Samuchit Envirotech (P) Ltd., Pune “Successful Man In Management” (SMIM) March 2010
13 Mr. Popatrao Pawar, Hiware Bajar, Ahmednagar Zeal Award in recognition of his contribution to Rural & Community Development March 2009
14 Mr. Sanjay Katkar, Founder, Quick Heal, Pune Zeal Entrepreneurship Award March 2008
15 Dr. P.C. Shejawalkar, Senior Management Academician, Pune “Lifetime Achievement Award” for his exceptional contribution to Business Education March 2008

WED Reports

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