Pathare was born to illiterate parents, in a large extended family living in a small remote village at Wadule, Parner Tehsil, Ahmednagar district, Maharashtra, India.
He graduated with a BSc in Chemistry from the University of Pune in 1981 and obtained a Master of Philosophy (1990) and a PhD (1995) from in same institution.
Dr. Sambhaji Pathare has worked as member on following positions:
Senate, University of Pune 2000 – 2011
Management Council, University of Pune 2000 -2005
Academic Council, University of Pune 2007 – 2011
Board of Exam, University of Pune 2011 – Till Date
Standing Committee, University of Pune 2001 – 2005
Board of Sports, University of Pune 2002 – 2011
Board of Studies University of Pune 2007 – 2011
Student’s Council University of Pune 2005 – 2011
Director, Board of Students’ Welfare, University of Pune 2005 – 2011
Chief Rector, University of Pune 2006
Chief Coordinator, Samarth Bharat Abhiyan, University of Pune 2007 – 2011
Principal, Arts, Science & Commerce College, Rahuri 2011 – till date
Committees appointed by Governor of Maharashtra Office:
Chairman, Committee to decide norms for State Level Best University Award by Rajbhavan (2011 – 2013)
Chairman, Committee to Oversee organization of Indradhanushya, M.U.H.S. Nashik (2011)
Chairman, Committee to Oversee organization of Avishkar, M.U.H.S. Nashik (2010)
Chairman, Committee to Oversee organization of Indradhanushya, Shivaji University, Kolhapur (2009)September 2008: Best Teacher State Award from the Govt. of Maharashtra for the year 2007-08.
Lokmanya Gaurav Puraskar, Yeola Press, Yeola, Maharashtra.
Acharya Devendra Gaurav Sanman, Nandgaon, Maharashtra.
Practical Chemistry for F.Y.B.Sc. revised syllabus, July 2002, Sunny Publications.
Practical Chemistry (CH-233) for S.Y.B.Sc. revised syllabus, June 2003, Sunny Publications.
Vividh Yojana: Margadarshika, July 2006, University of Pune.
“Apatti Nirakaran” a book on Disaster Management, Marathi, April 2007, Diamond Publication.
History of adopted villages, April 2009, University of Pune..