The Government of India, Ministry of Human Resource Development, on the advice of UGC, declared Dr. D. Y. Patil Vidyapeeth, Pune as deemed-to-be university comprising of Dr. D. Y. Patil Medical College, Hospital and Research Centre, Pimpri, Pune vide its notification dated 11th January, 2003. Later on, the Government of India, Ministry of Human Resource Development included three more institutions namely Dr. D. Y. Patil Dental College & Hospital, Pimpri, Pune, Dr. D. Y. Patil College of Nursing, Pimpri, Pune and Dr. D. Y. Patil College of Physiotherapy, Pimpri Pune (which were established in the year 2000) under the ambit of the deemed-to-be-university vide its notification dated 20th September, 2006. Subsequently, UGC accorded approval to the three new institutes namely, Dr. D. Y. Patil Biotechnology & Bioinformatics Institute, Pune, Global Business School & Research Centre, Pune and Dr. D. Y. Patil Institute of Optometry & Visual Sciences, Pune, vide its Office Memorandum dated 16th March, 2010.
Furthermore, Institute of Distance Learning, Pimpri, Pune was approved by the Joint Committee of UGC-AICTE-DEC, New Delhi vide DEC Letter dated 4th August 2010. Subsequently UGC accorded approval for continuation vide its letter dt. 3rd June, 2014. UGC accorded its latest approval vide its letter 6th September, 2016 for the academic year 2016-17 and 2017-18. The Vidyapeeth has also applied online for recognition of Academic Session July, 2018. Recently, the Ministry of Human Resource Department (MHRD); vide its notification No. F.10-12/2016-U.3(A) dated 23rd February, 2018, on the advice of UGC, included the Dr. D. Y. Patil Homeopathic Medical College & Research Centre, Pimpri, Pune and Dr. D. Y. Patil College of Ayurved & Research Centre, Pimpri, Pune under the ambit of Dr. D. Y. Patil Vidyapeeth, Pune (Deemed to be University) as constituent colleges.
Thus, Dr. D. Y. Patil Vidyapeeth, Pune (DPU) had a humble beginning with one institution under its fold. Over the last 14 years it has grown by leaps and bounds with the addition of 9 more professional institutions. Today the nine institutions of Dr. D. Y. Patil Vidyapeeth, Pune have created a brand name "DPU" in the field of medicine, dentistry, nursing, physiotherapy, optometry, biotechnology, management including the Institute of Distance Learning, Ayurved and Homeopathy. These nine institutions are providing quality education to about 4500 students. Dr. D. Y. Patil Vidyapeeth, Pune has state-of-the-art infrastructure & dedicated faculty over & above the respective council norms. All the programmes offered in these Constituent Units of the Vidyapeeth are duly recognized by the respective Councils such as MCI/DCI/INC/CCIM/CCH/AICTE/UGC, etc. The Dr. D. Y. Patil Vidyapeeth, Pune has been Re-accredited by NAAC with a CGPA of 3.62 on a four point scale at ‘A’ grade on 3rd March, 2015, valid up to 2nd March 2020. The Dr. D. Y. Patil Vidyapeeth, Pune is also an ISO 9001: 2015 Certified University.
The Vidyapeeth has entered into collaborations with large number of national and international institutions / industries for its academic growth and development as well as for its contribution towards national development in health care and professional education. It has enhanced the quality of teaching-learning process, research activities and upgradation of facilities and services, contributed for the enhancement of quality of services and publications in leading national and international journals and have helped in receiving financial assistance for collaborative research projects. The MoUs provide opportunities for clinical trials including that of WHO; Industry and Institute sponsored projects; Training and hands-on experience to students; Faculty and Student Exchange; Webinars, Video-conferencing and sharing of resources. Biotechnology Institute has research-based collaborations with the University of Skövde, Sweden in the field of environment and health protection. The collaborative research projects were funded by Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) which gave scope for meaningful interactions between the counterparts that would lead to technology development. This collaboration has resulted in generation of five national patents.
Dr. D. Y. Patil Vidyapeeth, Pune (DPU) and Praj Industries entered into collaboration for a research project to develop microbes and microbial processes for production of compounds of industrial significance. Importance of this research project can be gauged by the fact that Department of Biotechnology (DBT), a wing of Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India has sanctioned a grant of Rs 7.13 Crore for the same. Linnaeus-Palme teachers’ exchange program between DPU and University of Skövde, has been funded by the Swedish Council of Higher Education, under which two faculty members from DPU (Biotechnology Institute) visited University of Skövde, Sweden for a duration of one month and two teachers, Dr. Abul Mandal and Dr. Helena Enroth from University of Skövde visited the Biotechnology Institute during 2017-18. Also, under a bilateral agreement signed between DPU and University of Skövde, Sweden, four students of M.Tech Biotechnology have completed their one year project at Sweden during 2016-17 and four more students of M. Tech Biotechnology of present batch are performing their project dissertation at Karolinska Institute (popular for conferring the Noble Prize) and Lund University, Sweden for 2017-18. The Vidyapeeth has developed a system to recharge and rejuvenate the faculty. The strategies are implemented at three levels – (i) at Vidyapeeth level centrally through University Centre for Professional Education & Faculty Development (UCPEFD), (ii) at Institute level, continuous education units MEU, DEU, NEU, PEU, PTEU, MgEU and OpEU, and (iii) at departmental level for Medical and Dental Colleges.