Profiles of Governing Councils

Rahul V. Karad

Founder Convenor- BCS

Executive President -

MIT World Peace University ; Vice President - MAEER's MIT Group of Institutions ; Founder MIT-SOG, BCS, NTC & NWP

Shri.Rahul Vishwanath Karad is an enterprising young educationist at the forefront of the 72 institutes strong MAEER's MIT Group of Institutions, Pune with over 55,000 students under its fold. He is also the Executive President of MIT-World Peace University, the newly recognised State Private University of MIT Group of Institutions at it's flagship Kothrud campus in  Pune. A graduate in engineering and a post graduate in management from Cardiff U.K, Shri. Rahul, is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School, U.S.A. 

ShriRahul is advancing the inherited vision and mission of his visionary academician father Prof. Dr. Vishwanath Karad, Founder MIT Group of Institutions, with a fearless passion and deep rooted patriotic intent 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. 


Addressing his burning desire in contribution to Nation Building prompted him to trudge a new path reflecting in the shape of MIT School of 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 being the first of its kind in Asia has attained success in the process of activity and has risen manifold in stature and prestige by its concentrated efforts of strengthening the fabric of Indian Democratic Leadership.


He firmly believes, involvement of youth in a wide variety of social, national and international issues will be a key determinant of our success and excellence. To do so, and for the composite development of youth, it is essential that they be well exposed, informed, enlightened, connected and spirited. To achieve this goal, a purposeful platform like “INDIAN STUDENT PARLIAMENT” (BHARATIYA CHHATRA SANSAD) was founded by him. Potentially and objectively, this platform is also a breeding ground for the youth to assume various leadership roles in order to strengthen the very essence of democracy. 


To further this cause of nation building with a sole aim of Inspiring Teachers and Strengthening Generations he has conceptualised National Teachers' Congress (NTC). This is a platform for teachers of Higher Education (under-graduate and post-graduate colleges) from across the nation. Through extensive deliberations and dialogue of 3 days, he aims to ignite the spirit of thousands of teachers every year so that they continue to look beyond the commercial temptations for creating deeper and wider impact on the society through this noble profession. He firmly believes that as we are fast moving towards the Knowledge Era, we are sure that NTC will benefit all the important stakeholders of Education Process including Students, Teachers, Parents, Industry, Law Makers and Society at large.


He is also the Founder & Convener of National Women’s Parliament (NWP). This is a common platform for women from diverse background like politics, social sector, education, sports, industry, media, cinema, arts & culture, judiciary and young aspiring girl students to stage their experiences ,share knowledge and research in the area of women’s social economic and political empowerment. Its first annual national conclave was hosted by the Government of Andhra Pradesh on February 10, 11 & 12 , 2017. Over 18,000 girl students from colleges of Higher Education were connected to women legislatures, parliamentarians, women corporate leaders, and representatives from social sector for a reciprocal and continuing assignations. The platform will stay faithful to its endeavors till significant progress is made in achieving respectable representation of women in national and world political order.

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.

Tushar Arun Gandhi

Executive Chairman, President, Mahatma Gandhi Foundation

Shri. Tushar Arun Gandhi is the great-grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and the son of journalist Arun Manilal Gandhi.

Born in a train between Mumbai and Kolkata, he was raised in the Mumbai suburb of Santa Cruz. He holds a degree in painting from Mithibai College. 

In March 2005, he led the 75th anniversary re-enactment of the Dandi March.


In 2006, he was appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador of the Intergovernmental Institution for the use of Micro-algae Spirulina Against Malnutrition, IIMSAM that strives and advocates to make Spirulina a key driver to eradicate malnutrition, achieve food security and to bridge the health divide with special priority for the developing and the least developed countries. He has traveled all across the globe to spread Gandhian ideology.
He also runs the Mahatma Gandhi Foundation.

Prof. Dr. Vishwanath D. Karad

Executive President, Founder President
MIT World Peace University, Founder & Executive President MAEER's MIT Group of Institutions

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. 

Anu Aga

Governing Council Member, Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha Chairperson, Teach For India, Former Chairperson, Thermax Ltd.s

Mrs. Anu Aga is an Indian businesswoman and social worker, who led Thermax Ltd., the energy and environment engineering business, as its Chairperson. 


Currently, she is the Chairperson of Teach For India. 

She is nominated to Rajya Sabha, the Upper House of Indian Parliament.


She had figured among the eight richest Indian women and was part of 40 Richest Indians by net worth according to Forbes magazine. She has also been awarded with the Mumbai Women of the Decade Achievers Award by ALL Ladies League, the all ladies wing of Assocham. 

After retiring from Thermax, she remained on company's board of directors and involved in social work and in 2010, was awarded the Padma Shri for Social Work by the Government of India. 

She graduated with a B.A. in Economics from St Xavier's College, Mumbai, and with a post graduation in medical and psychiatric social work from the prestigious Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai and has studied in the United States also, for a short period.

Abhay Firodia

Governing Council Member, Eminent Industrialist Chairman, Force Motors

Dr. Abhay Firodia is the Chairman of Force Motors Ltd. and has been leading the group companies since 1987. Under his guidance Force Motors has created a strong engineering infrastructure and Research and Development facility. His leadership continues to guide the company in manufacture of utilitarian, cost effective, and quality products especially suited for Indian economy and rural conditions. Force Motors' half a century of active collaborations with German companies has been enhanced by Dr. Abhay Firodia with new alliances and partnerships in the last decade. 

Dr. Firodia has been the President of the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce (IGCC), the President of the Society of Indian Automobiles Manufacturers (SIAM), President of the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI), and also the President of the Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA). Dr. Abhay Firodia is the Former President of the Maratha Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture.

Dr. Firodia, a firm believer of Corporate Social Responsibility said, the Jan Lokpal Bill movement of anti-corruption crusader, Anna Hazare, has proved the irrelevance of vote bank politics. He also added Anna's call against corruption had resonated with the masses, which stood up to support him and his cause. In the real sense, he had united the nation and reminded the elected representative that they are answerable to the people at large.

Lobsang Sangay

​Governing Council Member, Prime Minister of Tibetan Government-in-Exile, Dharamshala, India

Mr. Lobsang Sangay, is the Prime Minister of Tibetan Government-in-Exile, Dharamshala, India and has served as the democratically elected head of the Tibetan people and the political successor to His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Mark Tully

Governing Council Member, Former Bureau Chief BBC, India

Mr. Mark Tully is the most regionally-savvy western reporter in the Indian subcontinent, 30 years in the field with incredible performance. He is the former Bureau Chief of BBC, New Delhi. During his 22-year tenure as the BBC's India Correspondent, he became familiar to viewers and listeners throughout the world for his incisive and thought-provoking reports.  


In his writing he has woven excellent stories which explore India intensely. As an author he combines analysis of major issues with a feel for the fine texture and human realities of Indian life. His clarity towards his understanding, warmth of feeling and critical balance provides as lovely a view as one can hope for the panorama of India.

Whether dodging the bullets during the skirmishes which bubbled up, from time to time, on the India-Pakistan border or detailing the horrific aftermath of the Bhopal chemical disaster, he gave a unique insight into the life of the subcontinent. Educated at Marlborough public school and Cambridge University, Tully found India a haven for his spiritual need. His pieces, whether for radio or television, invariably dodged the superficial, painting pictures of the reality behind the headlines and the effect of war, poverty and disease on ordinary people. 

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.

S. Parasuraman

​Governing Council Member, Director, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai

Dr. S. Parasuraman having Master's Degree in Anthropology and a Ph.D. in Demography was serving as Director Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India. He has over 25 years of experience as a teacher, trainer, activist, administrator and development worker. He has a strong foundation in critical thinking, conceptual and analytical skills.  

He has held key positions in international organisations: as Asia Regional Policy Coordinator, ActionAid Asia; Senior Advisor to the Commission, and Team Leader of the Secretariat;World Commission on Dams; and as Programme Director, Oxfam GB, India Programme.

Dr. Parasuraman has been associated with the Narmada Movement from 1987 and was a member of the Indian Prime Minister's Committee to review the Tehri Hydroelectric Project. He has also been Key member of the 'Practitioners Forum on Human Rights in Development' (facilitated by the UNHCHR), involving UN agencies, bilateral and multilateral agencies, and NGOs with Asia regional offices based in Bangkok; and Key member of an NGO network engaged in advocacy with the Asian Development Bank. Prof. Parasuraman has over 50 publications in the form of articles in international and national journals, books and research reports.

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