Prof. Dr. Vishwanath D. Karad - an eminent educationist having teaching experience of 40 years in College of Engineering as an Undergraduate and Postgraduate teacher, thinker a devoted teacher and a dedicated social worker, is a man of great vision, who is totally committed to the development of technical education and the cause of raising the qualities of life of the Indian masses for the betterment of tomorrow. He was awarded the Degree of Doctorate in Philosophy and Education by the International University of Washington.
He is the founder of various initiatives such as “Maharashtra Institute of Technology, WORLD PEACE CENTER of MAEER's MIT, Pune, UNESCO CHAIR for Human Rights, Democracy and Peace, MIT World Peace University Shree Kshetra Alandi Parisar Vikas Samiti, Saint Shree Dnyaneshwara and Saint Shree Tukaram Endowment Lecture Series Trust. Apart from recognition for his works in education.
He has been honored by the various awards such as National award for the year 1992 for the most outstanding work in Engineering and Technical Education for his commendable rural development work in the field of Environmental and Pollution Control at Shree Kshetra Alandi-Dehu, “Madhav - Mandakini Award” for his commendable work in the field of Rural Development - Environmental and Pollution Control at Shree Kshetra Alandi - Dehu in Pune district for changing the outlook of these holy places. He has been member of various organizations of national international repute.
Dr. R. A. Mashelkar
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.
Dr. Vijay Bhatkar
Governing Council Member, Chancellor, Nalanda University Eminent Computer Scientist
Former Chairman, Board of Governors, IIT, Delhi
Dr. Vijay Bhatkar is one of the most acclaimed scientist and IT leader of India. He is best known as the architect of India's first supercomputer and as the founder Executive Director of C-DAC, India's national initiative in supercomputing. He is credited with the creation of several national institutions, notably amongst them being C-DAC, ER&DC, IIITM-K, I2IT, ETH Research Lab, MKCL and India International Multiversity.
He has been a Member of Scientific Advisory Committee to Cabinet of Govt. of India, Governing Council Member of CSIR, India and eGovernance Committee, Chairman of Governments of Maharashtra and Goa.
A Fellow of IEEE, ACM, CSI,INAE and leading scientific, engineering and professional societies of India, he has been honored with Padmashri, Padma Bhushan and Maharashtra Bhushan awards. Other recognitions include Saint Dnyaneshwar World Peace Prize, Lokmanya Tilak Award, HK Firodia and Dataquest Lifetime Achievement Awards, and many others. He was a nominee for Petersburg Prize and is a Distinguished Alumni of IIT,Delhi.
Dr. Bhatkar has authored and edited 12 books and 80 research & technical papers. His current research interests include Exascale Supercomputing, AI, Brain-Mind-Consciousness, and Synthesis of Science & Spirituality.
He is presently appointed as the Chancellor of Nalanda University, Chancellor of India International Multiversity, Chief Mentor of I2IT.
He has been the Chairman of ETH Research Lab, Chairman, Board of Governors, IIT Delhi and National President of Vijnan Bharati.