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Dr. R A Mashelkar

National Research Professor, President Global Research Alliance

He is an Indian chemical engineer and a former Director General of the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR),[4] a chain of 38 publicly funded industrial research and development institutions in India.

In the post-liberalized India, Mashelkar has played an important role in shaping India's science and technology policies. He was a member of the Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister and also of the Scientific Advisory Committee to the Cabinet set up by successive governments. He chaired twelve committees established to examine a variety of issues including higher education, national fuel policy, the drug regulatory system and the agriculture research system.

Mashelkar has made contributions in transport phenomena, particularly in thermodynamics of swelling, super swelling and shrinking polymers, modelling of polymerization reactors, and engineering analysis of Non-Newtonian flows.

He is probably best known to the common man through his crusade against the US patents on turmeric, neem and basmati rice. Arguing that the healing properties of turmeric are well known as traditional knowledge in India, Dr. Mashelkar fought a 14 month long legal battle to revoke the patent and emerged victorious. This victory was so significant that it changed the way patents were classified, and earned him the moniker of 'The Warrior of Haldighati'.

He has written 25 books, 264 research papers, and has been awarded honorary doctorates by 32 universities from India and abroad.

He has also actively served the Government of India by chairing 12 highly empowered 'Mashelkar Committees', and has been a member of the Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister. His contributions to the nation and to science at large have been honoured by a plethora of awards, the most significant being the Padma Vibhushan, the Padma Bhushan, the Padma Shri, the Business Week Star of Asia Award, and the Shanti Swaroop Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology. He is the third Indian engineer to be inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Society, UK.

He was awarded Padmashri, Padmabhushan & Padmavibhushan by the President of India.

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Dr. Anil Kakodkar

Renowned Scientist

Dr. Anil Kakodkar (born on 11th November, 1943) joined the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) in 1964, following the one year post graduate Training with top rank in Nuclear Science and Technology in the then Atomic Energy Establishment. He became the Director of BARC in the year 1996 and was the Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission and Secretary to the Government of India, Department of Atomic Energy, during the years 2000 -2009.He was DAE HomiBhabha Chair Professor at BARC during Jan. 2010-Jan. 2015. Currently he is holding INAE Satish Dhawan Chair of Engineering Eminence at BARC. He devotes his time primarily on issues related to energy, education and societal development.

He obtained his BE (Mech. Engineering) degree from the Bombay University in 1963 and M.Sc. in the Experimental Stress Analysis from the Nottingham University in 1969.

He has been a key contributor to India's strategic programme. He was among the chosen few involved in the first successful Peaceful Nuclear Explosion Experiment that India conducted on May 18, 1974 at Pokhran. And later, he played a key role in the series of successful Nuclear Tests conducted during May 1998, again at Pokhran. India also demonstrated nuclear submarine powerpack technology under his leadership.

He championed observer status for India at CERN (European Centre for Nuclear Research), partnership in the ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor) project and exemption for nuclear trade from Nuclear Supplier's Group (NSG) besides several international cooperation agreements in the area of nuclear power, acquisition of Uranium and nuclear research.

A high level committee under his Chairmanship has made comprehensive recommendations for improvement of safety on Indian Railway. Another TIFAC apex group led by him has brought out a Technology Vision 2035. The document was released by Hon. Prime Minister of India during the Science Congress on January 3,2016.

He was Chairman, Solar Energy Corporation in its formative stage. He was also Chairman of Inter University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics ( IUCAA ) during 2006 -- 2012 , Chairman, Governing Board, Inter University Accelerator Centre, New Delhi, and Chairman, Board of Governors of the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay during 2006-15.

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Prof. Dr. Vishwanath D Karad

Noted Educationist

Founder, MAEER, Pune

Prof. Dr. Vishwanath D. Karad - an eminent educationist having teaching experience of 35 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 developmentof 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.

Prof.Dr. Vishwanath Karad 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, 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 honoured 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 and international repute.

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Dr. Vijay Bhatkar

Chancellor, Nalanda University,

Eminent Computer Scienstist

He has been a Member of Scientific Advisory Committee to Cabinet of Govt. of India, Governing Council Member of CSIR, India and eGovernace 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 honoured with Padmashri 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 Super computing, AI, Brain-Mind-Consciousness, and Synthesis of Science & Spirituality.

He is presently the Chancellor of India International Multiversity, Chairman of ETH Research Lab, Chief Mentor of I2IT, and National President of Vijnan Bharati.

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Prof. Dr. S. Parasuraman

Former Director

TISS, Mumbai

Prof. S. Parasuraman has over 25 years of experience as a teacher, trainer, activist, administrator and development worker. He served as the Director of Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai till 2018 and was the Senior Advisor to the United Nations Human Rights Commission, UNESCAP, Thailand. He has been associated with the Narmada Movement and was a member of the Indian Prime Minister’s Committee to review the Tehri Hydroelectric Project.

Dr. Parasuraman has a Ph.D. in Demography from the University of Mumbai, and has done his Masters in Social Anthropology from University of Pune.

His Research areas are Water and Energy Resources, Public Policy and Governance, Higher Education Administration, Development Debate and Involuntary resettlement of people. He is a teacher of Social Policy & Anthropology, Demography, Research Methodology, Rural Development and Public Policy.


Prof. Dr. Devang Khakhar


IIT Mumbai

Prof. Devang Khakhar is currently serving as the Director of Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. He graduated in engineering (BTech) from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi in 1981 and moved to the US to the University of Massachusetts, Amherst from where he secured a PhD in 1986 working on Fundamental study of particle size reduction. He returned to India to join the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay as a member of faculty in 1987 where he is a professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering.


Prof. Khakhar is known to have done researches on polymerization of rod-like molecules and his work is reported to have assisted in a wider understanding of the discipline of polymerization. He has guided many master's and doctoral scholars in their studies and holds three patents for his work


He serves on the Science Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India (SAC-PM), Scientific Advisory Committee of the Cabinet (SAC-C), Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) and is a former member of Indian Oil Corporation and the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board and the Central Advisory Board of Education. He is also associated with science journals and is an advisory board member of Advanced Powder Technology journal of Elsevier.


For his research achievements, Prof. Khakhar has been accorded several prestigious awards, which include the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize (1997) and the Swarnajayanti Fellowship (1998). Prof. Khakhar received the Millennium Plaque of Honour of the Indian Science Congress Association in 2000 and is also a recipient of IIT Bombay "Excellence in Teaching Award" and the "Mathur Award for Research Excellence. He is a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering, the Indian National Science Academy, the Indian Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences, India.

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Prof. Dr. Jay P Gore

Principal Advisor, MITWPU
Reilly University Chair Professor, Purdue University

Dr. Jay P. Gore (an AIAA Fellow, 2009; an ASME Fellow; 2006; and a U. S. Presidential Young Investigator Award winner; 1991) is the Vincent P. Reilly Professor in Mechanical Engineering with courtesy appointments in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering and Chemical Engineering at Purdue University. Dr. Gore holds a Post-Doctoral Certificate from the Aerospace Engineering Department at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, a Ph.D. and an M. S. in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State University, and the B. E. Mechanical Engineering with first rank and Gold Medal from the University of Pune, India.  His contributions to Higher Education were recognized by the Chief Minister of the State of Maharashtra in India in 2016. Dr. Gore was inducted into the Purdue Innovator Hall of Fame in 2014.  Also, in 2014, McMaster University recognized him with a Café X award and Purdue University presented him the Discovery in Mechanical Engineering award and the Celebration of Faculty Career award.  He received a nano-materials panelist award from the Materials Research Society in 2013.  Purdue recognized his teamwork with an award for founding the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) program in 2012.  He served as a Jefferson Science Fellow within the Department of State in 2010-11 and remained on call until 2015.

Dr. Gore is serving as the Associate Head of Graduate Education within the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University and with Purdue approval, he has served as the Principal Transformation Advisor and Vice Chancellor at Maharashtra Institute of Technology, World Peace University (MIT WPU), Pune, India during 2016 and 2017 and is currently serving as the Principal Advisor to MIT WPU.  Dr. Gore was the founding Director of the Energy Center in Discovery Park at Purdue. He served as a Research Fellow in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan and as an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland (1987-1991) prior to joining Purdue as an Associate Professor. Dr. Gore received early promotions to the rank of Professor of Mechanical Engineering and to the Chair Professorship. Jay is a past Chairman of the Central States Section of the International Combustion Institute and the ASME K11 Committee on Heat Transfer in Fire and Combustion. Dr. Gore has served as an Associate Editor of the AIAA Journal. He has served as an Associate Editor of the ASME Journal of Heat Transfer. He was the U.S. Editor of the 28th International Combustion Symposium. He has received the Best Paper in Heat Transfer Literature Award from ASME. He has also received Faculty Fellowships from the Japanese Ministry of Education and the U. S. Department of Energy. 

Jay's research is in the area of combustion and radiation heat transfer with applications to CO2 emissions reduction, pollutant reduction, efficiency enhancements, fire safety, and improved fundamental understanding. He has received over $20M in research funding and is currently serving as the PI for grants in gas turbine combustion, sprays and fire safety.  He has advised the PhD dissertations of 30 students and MS theses of over 50 students.  He has applied infrared radiation sensing knowledge to a wide range of multidisciplinary problems in aerospace, power, and medical diagnostics areas. He has authored or coauthored over 150 archival papers, 4 book chapters, and 250 conference papers. 

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Rahul Karad

Executive President, MIT-WPU

Present Positions:

Executive President - MIT World Peace University, Pune (an Educational Group of 68 institutions of different streams having strength over 55000 student every year)

Founder, Dean - MAEER's MIT School of Government, Pune (1st School in India to train youth to enter into the politics)

Founder, Convener - Bharatiya Chhatra Sansad (Indian Student Parliament) - (1st Largest classroom of India with participation of over 12,000 student union / council leaders to develop future leadership for India) Four editions all annual conclave are over and 5th Bharatiya Chhatra Sansad from 10th to 12th January 2015 at Pune

Founder Chief Convener - National Teachers' Congress

Founder - Bharat Asmita National Awards, Arya Chankya State Awards

Member - National Service Scheme Advisory Committee, Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Government of India

Member - Central Selection Committee, National Youth Awards, Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Government of India

Member - Indira Gandhi National Service Scheme Awards, Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Government of India


Rahul Vishwanath Karad is an enterprising young educationist in the forefront of the 68 institutes strong MAEER's MIT Group of Institutions, Pune with over 55,000 students under its fold. A graduate in engineering and a post graduate in management from Cardiff U.K, he is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School, U.S.A.


Rahul is advancing the inherited vision and mission of his visionary academician father Prof. Dr. Vishwanath Karad (a visionary educationist of India and Founder and Executive President of MAEER's MIT Group of Institutions, Pune) , with a fearless passion and deep rooted patriotic content in his heart. He holds a firm conviction in channelizing the power of youth to augment their active participation in our pluralistic democracy. His true nationalistic consciousness keeps finding expressions through numerous activities that he initiates and infuses a renewed sense of pride and patriotism amongst the young budding minds of India.


It takes lots of audacity, nurtured patriotic sentiments and strength of will to sow the seed to bring about transformation in a country where not many people think differently. Addressing his burning desire in contribution to Nation Building, prompted him trudge a new path reflecting in the shape of MAEER's MIT School of Government, the first institution of its kind not only in India but also in Asia to start a professional program for a career in Politics & Government. With his energized focus and genuine involvement the school is honing and nurturing the next generation of Indian Political Leaders and his efforts are appreciated, placed and valued in the national context. The school has increased manifold in stature and prestige by its concentrated efforts of strengthening the fabric of Indian Democratic Leadership.


He is also the driving force behind Bharat Asmita National Awards, which are national level annual awards inspiring many a generation of management gurus, journalists and people in the forefront of Indian Parliamentary Practices for their meaningful contribution in the process of Nation Building. Rahul's relentless efforts are driven by his foresight and conviction of "Education" being the strongest element of social and economic transformation.


In June 2007, Rahul V. Karad was conferred The Hague Human Rights Award by Global Human Rights Defense (GHRD), an NGO based in the Netherlands. This award is conferred on young men and women who have contributed to the cause of promotion of human rights in different countries of the world.


Rahul V. Karad realizes that educational institutions provide an excellent platform to promote the cause of nation building and social commitment and actively encourages the students of the various institutions headed by him to participate in nationally and socially relevant activities. India is shaping up to be a superpower by the year 2040 and Rahul V. Karad takes every effort to ensure that the youth of today work relentlessly to achieve this noble goal. In this regard "India the Super Power Vision 2040" First Ever Young Parliamentary Conference was organized by Rahul V. Karad on 9th August 2004 in Pune.


He expanded the canvas of MIT School of Government, by bringing out the classroom training to the thousands of common youth through an innovative platform, the Bharatiya Chhatra Sansad (Indian Student Parliament). This is a youth movement for the transformation of society, for nurturing dreams and legitimate aspirations of the youth, for building the nation, and for intensifying the flame of Indian democratic leadership. The platform works with the objective of bringing the representation of youth in the mainstream of political and social democracy and imparts practical leadership training to prepare them for future leadership of the nation.


Membership: Active Founder member of Pune International Centre, a body of think-tanks of the Pune, mobilizing the intellectual resources of the city and creating future leadership for its inclusive growth.

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Dr. N.T. Rao

Vice Chancellor, MIT-WPU

Dr. N. T. Rao has over three decades of result achieving experiences in the fields of education, training, strategic planning, accreditations, institutional governance and other areas. Before joining MIT WPU, he was the Dean, Mukesh Patel School of Technology Management & Engineering (MPSTME), NMIMS University. During his career progression, he was associated with several institutions as an educator and professional engineer.


Some of the organizations that he worked with include Intercontinental Consultants and Technocrats, New Delhi as a Vice President; VIT University, Vellore as a Senior Professor, Director, International Relations & ABET Accreditation Officer; Government of Botswana as a Principal Roads Engineer; NIT, Kurukshetra as a Lecturer and an Assistant Professor.


Dr Rao has introduced many initiatives during his stint at MPSTME resulting in the institution being ranked as the No 2 Best Emerging Engineering Education Institution in India Today annual rankings in addition to debuting in NIRF rankings. He has strengthened and further streamlined academic and examination processes. He played a significant role in launching the Engineering and Technology Review Journal of the university.


The crowning glory of his achievements at NMIMS was his spearheading the efforts for five engineering programs from scratch and readying them for the prestigious ABET Accreditation of USA. At VIT University, Vellore, he made significant contributions towards many facets of education helping the institution to catapult to the position of the No 1 ranked private engineering college in India. As the Director of International Relations, he expanded internationalization of engineering education and visited several prestigious institutions around the world to promote bilateral academic collaborations. He served on the Advisory Committee, the highest decision making body of the University.


He was university’s NAAC Coordinator during the second re-accreditation process and helped university to achieve a score of 3.75 out of 4.0. Designing qualitative teaching-learning processes, he assumed the mantle of ABET Accreditation Officer and lead accreditation processes to make civil and mechanical engineering programs of VIT University as the first engineering programs in India to get the ABET accreditation.

Thus, Dr Rao is a rare achiever who has lead two different top universities in India towards ABET accreditation. While in Botswana as the CEO of an engineering institution, Dr Rao introduced initiatives aimed at reforming academic, administrative and fiscal policies of the institution. As the highest ranked expatriate officer in the Department, he was mandated with driving Performance Management Systems aligning with the Vision document of the country.


These successes have resulted in him being appraised as an ‘able leader’ / ‘outstanding officer’ – noteworthy recognitions for an expatriate officer in a foreign country. As the practicing professional engineer and a Consultant during his stint at ICT, New Delhi, Dr Rao was involved with several prestigious projects for international funding agencies like the World Bank, ADB, AfDB, JICA and others and delivered some challenging projects across several states in India, as well as in Bangladesh, Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania and several other countries. Dr Rao, who sets individual and institutional targets and achieves them aligning with organizational vision by adopting a people friendly approach, is expected to lead MIT WPU’s march towards further excellence

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