preferred to return to his own country and contribute to the society. He began his career as a Professor in the Polymer Engineering Dept of Maharashtra Institute of Technology, Pune, India.
This was the time when most of the engineering colleges were confined to the city limits and so, he proposed to the management to establish an Engineering college in Alandi, a holy town in Pune District. Thus, the Maharashtra Academy of Engineering was established in Alandi in 1999.
Realizing the need of education and professional training in various fields other than the conventional courses, he took the lead in establishing the Autonomous courses department, the MIT College of Insurance, the MIT School of Distance Education and others for professional sectors such as Insurance, Piping Design and Engineering, Energy Management, Fire Safety Engineering and many more. Heading all these institutes in varied fields, have given him a rich experience in terms of being an administrator.
He received the visiting Post Doctoral research Fellowship of the University of Sheffield in 2001 and he served the Engineering Materials Dept of the University as a Post Doctoral Research Associate in 2003.
He firmly believes that one should not ask what the country has done for me but rather, what I can do for my country. So, along with his other commitments, he established the Alandi Dehu Parisar Vikas Samiti – a NGO which works for the development of the famous pilgrimage centres Alandi and Dehu.
In the year 2005, he facilitated the 5 year partnership between Doordarshan India and MIT to organize the National Level Robotic event ROBOCON in MIT, Pune. The partnership went on to host the Asia Pacific Contest in India in 2008 which was a great honour to the country.
His belief that the student centric ideology behind IB education is the need of the future, resulted in the establishment of Vishwashanti Gurukul IB World School. Design Education was one arena wherein not many options were available to the students interested in pursuing the field. With an exception of the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad, there were hardly any institutes offering design education. Dr. Sunil Karad, along with Prof. Chakradeo, could convince Prof. H. Kumar Vyas to guide them to establish the MIT Institute of Design and with the strong support from Prof. Vyas and a few others, the institute came up successfully in 2006.
Summing up, Dr. Sunil Karad has been working as an Academician, Administrator, Social Worker – for NGO as well as for the UNESCO chair and believes that promoting intercultural understanding is the key to peace in the world.
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