Ichalkaranji is situated in western region of Maharashtra state. In 1980 the decentralization of power loom Industry in Ichalkaranji was started at a very rapid rate. But there was no technical educational institute which could cater the industry's need of skilled technical man power. Nine co-operative organizations from Ichalkaranji therefore, came together under the leadership of Mr. K. B. Awade (Ex. M.P) in 1981 to form an Education Society, this Society was named after Shri Dattajirao Kadam, a veteran leader and an ardent co-operator, and who was mainly instrumental in the development of Textile Industry at Ichalkaranji. Thus, the Dattajirao Kadam Technical Education Society, popularly known as DKTE, came in to existence with a view to start institutes and colleges to cater to technical education in the field of textiles, engineering, management and other related disciplines.
The DKTE society as its first step established the Textile and Engineering Institute in 1982 by starting a Diploma course in textiles from the academic year 1982 and subsequently from 1983 several Degree programs were started.To support the growth of Industry and society, later series of educational institutes were started in the subsequent years, comprising of Primary Schools, High Schools, School with CBSC Curriculum, Colleges of Management, Physical Education, Junior Colleges of Science & Commerce, Institute of Vocational Education, etc. Currently, it hasmore than 10000 student enrollment and 750 full time employees. Being the first non grant basis engineering college in the Maharastra, it has contributed largely to the societal devolvement and prosperity of this region. DKTE’s Flagship institute, Textile and Engineering Institute currently offers 11 under graduate and 8 posts graduate courses. It has also Shivaji University recognized Research Centres in 4 disciplines. The institute with modern infrastructure spread over 17 acres (2 Campus) provides an excellent environment for learning and other developmental activities. Mr. K.B. Awade is the Chairman of this society, Mr. PrakashAwade is the Vice-Chairman, Mr. R.V. Ketkar is the Treasurer and Dr. (Mrs.) S.U. Awade is the Hon. Secretary of this society