President, National Research Professor Eminent Scientist President, Global Research Alliance Chairman, Governing Council, MIT-SOG
Dr. R. A. Mashelkar passionately believes in building innovative India. And he believes in straddling the pyramid, from top to bottom. He chairs India's National Innovation Foundation, that deals with grass root innovators, from farmers to school dropouts. On the other hand, he chairs Reliance Innovation Council comprising Nobel Laureates and some of world's best thought leaders.
Dr. Mashelkar is equally respected by industry, academia and the Government. He is an independent Director on boards of India's leading companies, from Tatas to the Reliance group. 30 Universities around the world have bestowed upon him honorary doctorates. The Government's trust in him shows through the twelve high powered Dr. Mashelkar Committees, many of them on contentious issues.
Dr. Mashelkar's leadership of Council of Scientific & Industrial Research for over 11 years led to transformation of this world's largest chain of laboratories. This is heralded as one of the top ten achievements of Indian Science & Technology in the 20th Century. He has received honours ranging the Padma Vibhushan at the hands of President of India to Star of Asia at the hands of George Bush (Sr), former US President.
If God were to grant him just one wish, what would he ask? Dr. Mashelkar says, he will ask for one day on earth again in 2050 to see for himself his dream coming true India is a leading advanced nation.
Rahul V Karad
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.
Dr. S. Parsuraman
Vice Chancellor, MIT- World Peace University
Prof. S. Parasuraman was the Director / Vice-Chancellor, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai from August 2004 to February 2018. Currently, he is 1) Director, BALM, Chennai, India; and 2) Adjunct Professor, national institute of Rural Development, Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India, Hyderabad. Prof. Parasuraman has more than three decades of experience as teacher and researcher in Rural Development, Education, Health, Public Policy, Social Protection, Social Exclusion and Inclusive policies, Governance, Water and Energy and a range of inter-disciplinary areas.
Prof. Dr. Sunil Rai
Vice-Chancellor MIT Art, Design & Technology University, Vishwaraj Baugh, Loni Kalbhor, Pune, India.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
Dr. R. M. Chitnis
Pro- Vice Chancellor, MIT -WPU
Pro- Vice Chancellor
Shri. Prasad Kulkarni
President, Pune Union of Working Journalists, PUWJ
Shri Prasad Kulkarni is President of Pune Union of Working journalists and currently a Senior Journalist in Times of India.