Vasantdada Sugar Institute (VSI) formerly known as Deccan Sugar Institute, is an autonomous body which is a 'Registered Society' registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 and under the Bombay Public Trust Act, 1950. Several sugarcane farmers from Maharashtra joined hands to establish the Institute in 1975 under the dynamic leadership of late Vasantdada Patil. Their vision led to the development of an organization that was to symbolize a unique partnership between the Sugar Industry, the scientific community and the sugarcane growers to cater their ever-increasing scientific and technical needs.
The objective of VSI is to achieve an all- encompassing progress of the Indian Sugar Industry through Research & Development, Consultancy and HRD in sugarcane agriculture, sugar processing and by-products. No stone has been left unturned in ensuring that the expression world class is apt to the impressive set-up at VSI at its four locations viz. Manjari, Naigaon, Lonarwadi and Amboli. The main campus at Manjari near Pune, houses well developed R & D farms along with state-of-the-art research laboratories and classrooms. VSI takes pride in a highly qualified and experienced staff comprising of scientists, engineers and technologists. Cutting edge R & D, expertise in quick delivery, skill to mould opinions and its role as a catalyst are qualities inherent in VSI. The Institute stays ahead and keeps abreast of the latest developments in science and technology, remains relevant to the evolving needs of the sugar industry and also stays focused on the needs of sugarcane growers. VSI is the only organization in Asia and probably in the world to have such a formidable infrastructure exclusively for sugarcane and sugar research in the cooperative sector.
A multitude of short-term, customised and regular academic programs are designed by the institute to upgrade and enhance the skills of personnel from the sugar industry. VSI is not only recognized by the Government of India as a Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, but also as a centre for carrying out research for doctoral studies from various Universities. The Institute's expertise has also been acknowledged internationally with on-site training and consultancy assignments from sugar producing countries across the world.
VSI looks back with pride on the successful organization of its 1st International Conference & Exhibition on "Sugarcane Value Chain: Vision 2025" during November 14-16, 2016 inaugurated by the Honorable Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi. The conference was held in the VSI Manjari campus and international experts addressed more than 2000 delegates from 22 countries. The exhibition showcased products and services of more than 200 exhibitors and around 150,000 farmers visited the live sugarcane crop demonstrations. The Institute has now announced its 2nd International Conference & Exhibition on "Sustainability- Innovation & Diversification in the Sugar And Allied Industry" during January 31-February 02, 2020.