Haribhai V. Desai College is recognized as one of the premier academic institutions in Pune city. It stands tall in public esteem and also in the memories of its alumni, many of whom are now prominent figures in government, business and industry, the media, and education., students from all religions have grown up here and excelled in the chosen areas of their interests, be it academics, sports, or extra-curricular activities. Haribhai V. Desai College was established in 1984, by The Poona Gujarati Kelvani Mandal. It started as an organization to cater to the Gujrati minority and traditional business sections of society. The college is located in the traditional business area of Pune city with a high density around it. This promoted the girl students from houses around to take education. Originally, the College was housed in RCM School and Junior College and s affiliated with Pune University the College shifted into its new premises in the year 1987 and was a single faculty college until 1993.
The College has seen remarkable growth over the years. And, today it is not only one of the most distinguished graduate and postgraduate co-educational institutions in the Pune City, The college has long forgotten as a Gujarati minority college, today it is one of the most dynamic and premier institutions in Pune. It has students from all sections of the society. It boasts of an accomplished faculty of about eighty faculty members and more than two thousand five hundred students.
The College is also proud of its efficient and very supportive non-academic staff. It offers a number of courses in the Science, Humanities and the Social Science Streams. The College also has a rich collection of books and journals in its library, well-equipped laboratories, the NSS , Kala Mandal, student tours, Avishkar, commerce association, science association etc.
The campus covered parking for two wheelers, a large and very well equipped library, canteen, Shantaben hall for functions, an Audio Visual seminar room, computer room, etc. the College premises are housed in the prime locations of the Central Pune, well connected by road and local trains. The college campus is well-maintained. The College provides a liberal, lively and competitive environment enabling students to carve out a niche for themselves in their chosen arenas. Besides the infrastructural facilities, the strength of the College lies in its congenial and enriching atmosphere, which plays a crucial role in maintaining the excellent record the College is renowned for. Generations of students who have been groomed in this College have excelled in different walks of life, with the years spent in the College providing them a solid foundation on which they could craft their success. The College is committed to providing the leadership and direction for the times ahead in every sphere of human enterprise and endeavor. Haribhai. V.Desai College celebrated its Silver Jubilee in the year 2009. As part of the silver Jubilee celebrations, the distinguished guests from various walks of life were invited .
Recently, Haribhai. V.Desai College has been awarded the ―Best College by the University of Pune. The college has been reaccredited by NAAC with ‘A’ grade. The college staff is on a variety of University bodies such as BoS, Dean of Science Faculty, member of standing committee, Syllabus restructuring committee, etc. The college also has co-opt members on BoS. The college also boasts of some research guides. The master’s program is greatly appreciated by the students.