World Peace Centre
The World Peace Centre (Alandi) of MAEER's MIT Group of Institutions, Pune, India was established on 1st December1996, as an outcome of the "World Philosopher's Meet- A Parliament of Science, Religion and Philosophy, held in November, 1996 at MIT Group of Institutions' Kothrud campus in Pune. The conference was attended by 700 delegates from India and abroad.
They represented nearly forty seven countries including USA, UK, Japan, China, Russia, France, Canada, Australia, Bangladesh, Egypt, Israel, Italy, South Africa and many others. The World Philosophers Meet was in fact a Parliament of Science, Religion and Philosophy in which eminent scientists, scholars, social scientists, philosophers and religious leaders apart from educationists and other intellectuals from India and actively participated.
Apart from deliberating on various aspects and areas of science, religion and philosophy, the discussions were mainly focused on the world scenario , which was far from satisfactory. Almost every delegate expressed his/her innate feelings, concern and heartfelt passion strongly in favour of starting a mission for establishing in the world. The general consensus was to take appropriate steps immediately, to prevent the situation from further deteriorating, which would result in total chaos, lawlessness and violence. One of the measures strongly advocated was achieving peace through education and training at global level.
For the above purpose, all the delegates unanimously resolved and approved the proposal of establishing "World Peace Centre at Alandi near Pune in Maharashtra - India", which is the birth place of the great Indian Philosopher Saint Dnyaneshwara.
The World Philosophers Meet mandated MAEER's MIT Group to take a lead in establishing the World Peace Centre to propagate and promote love, peace, and harmony all over the world by adopting various measures. Accordingly, MAEER's MIT Group of Institutions, Pune, India established World Peace Centre (Alandi) on 1st December1996 in the presence of eminent world renowned personalities like His Holiness Dalai Lama, Sri Sri Vishveshtirtha, Maulana Wahiduddin Khan, Mr. Francine Fornier of UNESCO, Paris, Mr. Claes Nobel and many others.
Since then World Peace Centre has been conducting a number of programs to promote Culture of Peace, Harmony, Universal brotherhood, Tolerance, Human Rights and other human welfare activities at large. In appreciation of the work carried out by the MIT Group of Institutions' World Peace Centre, Pune of championing the Value Based Universal Education System for spreading the message of Peace based on appropriate blending of Science, technology and spirituality, UNESCO Paris bestowed the World Peace Centre, MAEER's MIT Group of Institution Pune with a UNESCO Chair for Human Rights, Democracy, Peace and Tolerance on May12, 1998.
World Peace Centre has started an innovative mass educating movement called 'from Pilgrim Centres to Knowledge-pilgrim Centres' in1999. Being ardent follower of Swami Vivekand, Prof. Dr. V. D. Karad too believes that union of Science and Spirituality can bring peace to the mankind. Hence along with academic developments of the nation he is keen to uplift our social psyche. With this intent he has established a forum to develop pilgrim centres of Maharashtra. It started with an establishment of "Shri Kshtra Aalandi-Dehu Paryavaran Vikas Samittee" in the year1986. The purpose of this committee formation is sustainable environmental development and controlling pollution of this popular pilgrim centre. The noble cause is such undertaken by the MAEER's MIT Group of Instistution's World Peace Centre.
Vishwa Shanti Sangh:
MAEER MIT Group of Institution's World Peace Centre has taken various steps to achieve its objective of establishing a "Culture of Peace" in a systematic and organized manner. As a part of this initiative, Vishwa Shanti Sangh (VSS)- World Peace Association was established on 3rd February 2000 and a decision was taken to widen the sphere of its activities to the global level was taken on 27th March 2009, mainly to promote the cause of World Peace through various peace building activities.
The VSS is a forum of individuals and a network of institutions/organisations devoted to the cause of welfare of the entire humanity. Involvement and active participation of large number of individuals and organisations, who believe in the mission of the World Peace Centre, can become the member/associates of VSS and actively participate and contribute their own little share for the cause with the sense of devotion and dedication. The VSS strives to bring all the likeminded people together.
Dr. Sanjay Upadhye, an Executive Director, Vishwa Shanti Sangh
"In 2009/10 I took over this divine activity of Vishwa Shanti Sangh.
It took nearly one year to understand an ethos of Maharashtra Institute of Technology and the basic idea behind World Peace Centre and its sub activity Vishwa Shanti Sangh. Prof.(Dr.) Vishwanath Karad explained his thought behind it and expected VSS to reach in the society. Initially I tried to expand this activity in MIT Campus only with my lectures on every Thursday after 6 PM. But soon I realized that this is not what Dr. Karad is expecting from VSS. Then one more branch of VSS was opened in Mohannagar near Katraj as a joint venture with Mohan Nagar Mitra Mandal. It was first VSS branch started working at grass route level in society. The mission was to create peace in the society with resolving family issues and other conflicts at that grass route level of the society. It has one branch at Baner in Pune, one in Sion Mumbai, one in Vileparle, and (East) Mumbai was started soon after that. Vishwa Shanti Sangh has its youth wing too. Dr. S.N. Pathan, Ex- Vice Chancellor of Nagpur University is steering those activities, today. Two years back VSS started a new activity called DnyanTeerth Satsang initiated by Prof.Dr. V.D. Karad, the great visionary and supported by Shri Suyash Nyati and Shri Yogesh Yawalkar of Nyati Infosis. It has a tremendous success and now we are conducting this Dnyan Teerth Satsang at two Places. One in Renuka Swarup Girls High School,Pune and one at Chinchwad with the support of Shri Rajabhau Golande and Shri Suhas Pophale of Gandhi Talim Mitra Mandal.
With this activity today we have nearly 1000 Vishwa Shanti Sevak Data Base ready. In near future these Vishwa Shanti Sevaks will contribute to this activity of Vishwa Shanti Sangh initiated by MAEER MIT Group of Institutions' World Peace Centre,Pune India."