4 Universities | 35 Glorious Years
Prof. Dr. Vishwanath D. Karad
A Man with a great Vision and Insight, An Eminent Educationist, a Well-known Teacher of Repute and an Ambassador and Torch Bearer of World Peace
Prof. Dr. Vishwanath D. Karad has received a number of national and international awards and accolades till now for his exemplary and pioneering work in the fields of education, culture and spirituality.
Prof. Dr. Vishwanath D. Karad has authored myriad books till now, based on his extensive experience across areas like education, management, Indian traditions and spiritual pursuits.
The relentless efforts of Prof. Dr. Karad have resulted in the establishment of several state private universities and colleges across different states of India, catering to various educational disciplines.
The very basis upon which the MIT Group stands, is born out of the thought of sustainability in all human endeavours. Prof. Dr. Karad envisioned education rooted in the spiritual traditions of the Indian civilization.
His upbringing in the humble village background, with the right Sanskars from his elders, along with the inspiration he derived from Sant Dnyaneshwar, Sant Tukaram, Swami Vivekanand and Albert Einstein, led to the establishment of an educational conglomerate that blends science with spirituality.
Every achiever and visionary has a source of inspiration from where he borrows his value system and ideals. Prof. Dr. Vishwanath D. Karad was groomed to what he is today by his elder sister Smt. Prayagakka Karad, who looked after him, his siblings and their families with motherly love, while sacrificing her personal life, ever since the demise of their mother. She guided him from his early school days. Smt. Prayagakka was a true representative of India’s holistic rural culture, which percolated into the young mind of Dr. Karad. Her hard work on the field and unshakable faith in Lord Vitthal enabled her to successfully nurture her siblings’ families, for whose sake she dedicated her whole life. Moreover, she was an affectionate mother to all villagers and strived to provide material as well as emotional support to everybody to the best of her ability and capacity. The encouragement and blessings of Prayagakka enabled the establishment of several educational and spiritual projects including MAEER’s MIT, Kothrud, Pune; World Peace Centre, eight ghats on Indrayani riverfront, massive Vishwaroop Darshan stage and 145-feet tall Garudstambh, Alandi; Vishwashanti Gurukul and Vishwashanti Sangeet Academy, Loni Kalbhor, Pune; various temples in Rameshwar (Rui), Latur; Tyagmurti Prayagakka Karad Annapurna Sadan and plantations of Banyan, Sacred Fig, Holy Basil and Night Jasmine in Wakhari, Pandharpur. Her love and selfless support has come a long way in the journey of MIT and Dr. Karad and will continue to inspire others in future. Read More
It has been a long and arduous journey, from being one of the first private engineering colleges in Maharashtra to becoming an educational conglomerate with 72+ institutions.
Bhoomi Pujan of the first building of MIT was performed by Hon'ble Shri. Shantanurao Kirloskar and Smt. Yamutai Kirloskar on the auspicious day of Vijaya Dashmi, 1983.
This initiative was launched in 1986 for the holistic development of the pilgrim towns of Alandi and Dehu, near Pune, while ensuring social and environmental sustainability.
As a token of respect to the 13th century saint - Sant Dnyaneshwar - and to further his spiritual cause, World Peace Centre was set-up in Alandi, near Pune in 1996.
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