PONDA EDUCATION SOCIETY
Ponda is a developing town of historical importance, surrounded by all the important temples in Goa. A group of people interested in education established the Ponda Education Society and in consultation with experienced and eminent educationists started the Arts and Science College and Higher Secondary School in June 1986 at Farmagudi, Ponda – Goa.
Thus, P.E.S. College was established in the year 1986 by the combined efforts of many prominent educationists and social workers of Ponda City. It was observed that, students of Ponda taluka and surrounding areas had to travel long distances to obtain higher education on completion of their H.S.S.C. studies, as there was no general higher education facility available in Ponda at that time.
Besides, education was beyond the reach of the poorer section of society. As a result, the poor and deserving students in this area who could not afford to travel long distances were deprived of higher education. Thus the Ponda Education Society's decision to start the College came as a welcome idea, which would help the majority of the students in Ponda taluka.
The Society approached the then Chief Minister of Goa. Shri. Pratap Singh Rane for the present premises at Farmagudi, which is owned by the Tourism Department, Government of Goa. This building of the Government was not in use for many years. The Government of Goa led by the then Chief Minister leased the building along with 35,000 square meters of land to Ponda Education Society for 5 years. Thus the College was started on 20th June 1986. In 1992, the present President Shri. Ravi S. Naik, the then Chief Minister, converted the lease from 5 years to 99 years for the betterment of the educational institution.
In June, 2002 the College was officially named as P.E.S.`s Shri. Ravi S. Naik College of Arts & Science.
The College is housed in a well – ventilated building at Farmagudi, which is ideal for this purpose. Adequate laboratory and library facilities are provided. The building is situated on a high altitude in a calm and quiet atmosphere, ideal for studies.
The management has selected a team of dynamic and experienced teachers for teaching and providing guidance to students. Many students of this area being first generation learners are admitted without any special screening, but with the help of hard working, dynamic and experienced teachers, they are provided with the best education and guidance which helps them to graduate with flying colours.
Since 1986, twenty six batches of students appeared for the T. Y. Examination conducted by Goa University. Thousands of them have successfully graduated and settled. Many of them are holding good position and doing well in life.