Eknathrao alias Balasaheb Vikhe Patil () (born April 10, 1932), popularly known as Balasaheb Vikhe Patil was a member of the 14th Lok Sabha of India. He represented the Kopargaon constituency of Maharashtra and is a member of the Indian National Congress (INC) political party. He is eldest son of the late legendary Padmashree Vitthalrao Vikhe Patil, who started Asia's first co-operative sugar factory at Loni in Maharashtra. Balasaheb is awarded with prestigious civilian award Padma Bhushan at the auspicious hands of President of India Smt. Pratibha Patil on March 31, 2010 for his outstanding work in the field of Social Work.
Following are some for key accomplishment of Balasaheb Vikhe Patil
Reforms in Education
Introduced a plethora of educational opportunities to the villagers, women, landless laborers and socially backward classes.
Launched several education institutions offering primary, secondary and higher education, mainly in the rural areas of the state.
Provided amenities for technical, medical and vocational education for rural industrial development & self employment and health awareness.
Generated employment opportunities to 2750 teachers and non-teachers, with the enrollment of over 40000 students for different courses.
Enabled over 5000 students to avail an opportunity to secure good academic qualification through novel educational schemes.