Executive President - MIT World Peace University; Vice President - MAEER’s MIT Group of Institutions; Founder - MIT School of Government, National Teacher’s Congress, National Women’s Parliament and Sarpanch Sansad
Rahul Vishwanath Karad is a dynamic educationist at the forefront of the 70+ institutes strong MAEER’s MIT Group of Institutions, Pune as its Vice President and Trustee. An alumni of Cardiff-UK, Harvard Business School and MIT-Pune, Rahul joined MIT Group in 2005 and has successfully led the expansion of MIT-Pune from Engineering Education to fresh streams like-Management, Arts, Science, Commerce, Humanities, Politics and Governance. He is well-known for thinking ahead of times and for his great patriotic fervour that has culminated into many first of its kind Initiatives under the aegis of MAEER’s MIT and now MITWPU. These Unique ‘Seed Thoughts’ from Rahul Karad are driving grassroots level impact and reforms through Institutions such as- the ‘MIT School of Government-which is Asia’s first Institution imparting an in-depth study program in Political Leadership and Governance’. Establishment of Bhartiya Chhatra Sansad Foundation in 2009, which is India’s first Students Parliament famously known as ‘BCS-Bhartiya Chhatra Sansad’ was another step in the direction if nation Building by Inspiring Youth. BCS has been conducted as a state chapter for the first time by Govt.of India body of Kerala State Government with MITWPU as its Knowledge Partner and recently conducted as ‘National Youth Parliament’ at the Centre by Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi Govt., BCS Chapters have also been conducted Independently by Youth Leaders from BCS Community across states of Gujrat, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh to mention few. Knowing that a Nation is as strong as its weakest link, he felt the need to create a platform for empowering Indian Women. Thus began the journey of first National Women’s Parliament in Andhra Pradesh under patronage of Shri. Chandrababu Naidu in year 2017. As a committed Educationist, he values the contribution that Teachers make to the society since the days of Indian Gurukul System. To empower the Teaching Fraternity especially from Higher Education Segment, the ‘National Teachers Congress Foundation (NTC)’ was established. NTC is first of its kind confluence of 5000+ Teachers serving Higher Education across India and the World. Rahul Karad continues to set new benchmarks in Education Segment through the first of its kind ‘Sarpanch Sansad’-a conference of appointed representatives of over 50 Villages across State of Maharashtra-in India to drive transformative changes in Rural India; creation of the first and only platform where UPSC qualifiers from across states of India get felicitated each year since 2011, at the hands of highly decorated Class I Officers in Service, inspiring other University Students to look at avenues for serving their nation.
Shri. Prasad Kulkarni
President, Pune Union of Working Journalists, PUWJ
Prasad Arun Kulkarni, is a Principal Correspondent with Times of India newspaper based in Pune, Maharashtra. He is currently covering stories about Politics and Civic issues including the Pune Municipal Corporation and Smart city project.
He is a part of TOI group since 11 years and written on different subjects like defence, weather, environment and education during this period.
He has spent over 16 years in the field of journalism including 5 years as freelance reporter and feature writer. He has contributed for leading regional Marathi dailies including Lokmat, Loksatta and Maharashtra Times.
Currently he is the President of Pune Union of Working Journalists (PUWJ), one of the oldest journalists' unions in India.
As a fellow of International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) of Department of State, US Government, he has attended Edward R Murrow Program for Journalists held in USA during 2012 US elections .
As part of social and volunteering works, he has coordinated ’Juniorscoop’, a citizen journalism project for South Asian schools and students. The project was winner of Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) of U.S Government program.
He is also a member of ‘Hostwriter’ an international networking platform for journalists based out of Germany.
A visiting faculty, Kulkarni has delivered lectures at various institutes including Communication and Journalism department of Savitribai Phule Pune University, D.E.S. Law College, (Fergusson college) and Garware college.
He was one among a group of journalists' in Pune, who were instrumental in starting ‘Photojournalism’ course for SPPU. It is first of it’s kind course in country, which a working journalists’ union and an university jointly conducts dedicated only to photojournalism.
He is also a guest speaker for Socrates Foundation for Enhanced Learning, an organization working to promote 21st century learning skills in schools.
Kulkarni has done his masters’ in Mass Communication and Journalism from University of Pune, after graduating in Defence and Strategic Studies from Bhonsala Military College, Nashik
He has completed the Defense Correspondence Course of Ministry of Defense, Government of India.
He was part of special course on National Water Resource Management conducted by National Water Commission, Government of India.
He was a participant of 'South Asian Media Briefing Workshop on Climate Change', organised by Center for Science and Environment (CSE), Delhi.