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WORLD PEACE CENTRE (ALANDI)
MAEER'S MIT, PUNE, INDIA

World Peace Centre (Alandi), MAEER's MIT, Pune, India is an educational institution dedicated to the noble cause of imparting the Value Based Education based on the words of wisdom spoken by Great Noble sn of India Swami Vivekananda, "Union of Science and Religion/Spirituality alone will bring Harmony and Peace to the Entire Mankind". Since the establishment of MIT, Pune in 1983, it has been constantly engaged in championing and promoting the cause of time-tested Indian Values, Culture and Traditions for the well-being of the society at large.

Mission: World Peace Centre (Alandi), MAEER's MIT, Pune, India is committed to promote the 'Culture of Peace' through value based 'Universal Education System' with a firm belief that the 'Union of Science and Religious/spirituality will alone bring peace to the Mankind.' The Centre further believes inwhat the 13th century Philosopher Saint Shri Dnyaneshwar stated that the 'whole universe is a manifestation of pure intelligence and consciousness.' The Centre further identifies itself with Albert Einstein's assertion, 'I believe in God, who reveals himself in the orderly harmony of the Universe and I believe that intelligence is manifested throughout all nature.' The great saints, sages, seers and the learned scientists of the world have always a common goal, i.e. 'Welfare of the Humanity'.

World Peace Centre (Alandi), MAEER's MIT, Pune, India was established in 1996 as a result of the 'World Philosophers Meet - First Parliament of Science, Religion and Philosophy'. Since then, World Peace Centre (Alandi), MAEER's MIT, Pune, India has constantly endeavoured to promote the cause of world peace, with an emphasis on the Essence and Philosophy of World Religions and Inter-religious Interfaith Dialogue.

The First Parliament was followed by the World Philosophers Meet - Second Parliament of Science, Religion and Philosophy, which was held in Geneva, Switzerland in 1998. Some of the most significant events organized by World Peace Centre (Alandi), MAEER's MIT, Pune, India since then are as follows:

→ Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Education for Human Rights in 1999

→ World Peace Conference on Gandhi, Ganga and Giriraj Himalaya symbolizing Peace and Ecology in 2006

→ World Peace March involving 15000 students and staff of MIT Group of Institutions on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti in 2007

→ World Peace Congress in 2008

→ National Conference on Communal Harmony in 2011 in Rameshwar Rui (Dist Latur, Maharashtra)

→ National Conference on Communal Harmony in 2012 organized on the occasion of 800th Urs Sharief of Khwaja Gharib Nawaz,      Ajmer.

→ National Conference on Need to Redefine Philosophy and Interpret its Origin/Western Concept in 2010

These and many more national and international conferences, seminars, workshops, peace rallies have been organized and continue to be organized to promote the cause of world peace and universal brotherhood by World Peace Centre (Alandi), MAEER's MIT, Pune, India.

Another unique initiative taken by the World Peace Centre (Alandi), Pune, India is of "TRANSFORMING PILGRIM CENTRES OF INDIA/WORLD INTO DIVINE KNOWLEDGE CENTRES OF THE INDIA / WORLD." This is an unique experiment in Mass Education / Literacy Programme, which will help to educate the common masses in various fields like Interfaith dialogue, Tolerance, Human Rights Education, Democracy, Pollution Control, Health and Hygiene issues, Role of Science and Spirituality, Sustainable Development, Conservation of Nature etc

World Peace Centre (Alandi), MAEER's MIT, Pune, India has taken the most significant initiative of constituting the Philosopher Saint Shree Dnyaneshwara World Peace Prize for the first time in the year 2006 on the lines of "Nobel Peace Prize" and possibly it is one of the most prestigious Peace Prizes ever initiated, in the name of the greatest Philosopher Saint not only of India, but of the entire world, who has given a new vision about the Role of Science and Spirituality in promoting the well-being of the entire Mankind.

"Philosopher Saint Shree Dnyaneshwara World Peace Prize has been conferred on the following ambassadors of peace since its inception for their unique Mission of spreading the Message of Peace of Love, Compassion, Tolerance and Peace for the well-being of the entire mankind.

2006 - Mata Amritanandmai Devi

2007 - Sri Sri Ravi Sankarji

2008 - Mr. Hirro Saionji and Mrs. Masami Saionji, Japan

2009 - Rev. Dada J. P. Vaswani

2010 - Padmashree Dr. Vijay P. Bhatkar

2011 - Pramukh Swamiji of BAPS Swaminarayan Sansthan

It is a matter of pride that UNESCO Chair for Human Rights, Democracy, Peace and Tolerance by UNESCO, Paris has been bestowed on World Peace Centre (Alandi), MAEER's MIT, Pune, India in 1998 in appreciation of the yeomen humanitarian service rendered by this Institution, which has been constantly engaged in appropriately conveying the message of the role of Science and Spirituality in life and the Essence and Philosophy of all World Religions.

Further, World Peace Centre is a part of the reputed MAEER's MIT Group of Institutions, Pune, India, which has nearly 63 top-notch educational institutions imparting excellent academic education to over 54000 students in various disciplines like Engineering, Medicine, Management, Arts, Science, Commerce, Environmental Improvement, Social Sciences, etc. MAEER's MIT Group of Institutions was founded in 1983 by pioneering visionary educationist Prof. Dr. Vishwanath D. Karad. Dr. Karad is a Mechanical Engineer and a student of Particle Physics. He is a man of simple tastes and habits, who is fully committed and dedicated to the cause of establishing culture of peace in the world.

We would like to put on record that since establishment, MAEER's MIT Group of Institutions is known for the strict discipline and upkeep of values on its various campuses. It can be proudly stated that smoking, consumption of alcoholic drinks, drugs or narcotic substances, non-vegetarian food etc is strictly prohibited on the campus and their has been no recorded instance of any such activity since establishment.

MAEER's MIT School of Government, Pune, India is one of the most unique and first of its kind educational institutions in the whole of South East Asia, established with a view of NATION BUILDING, providing good governance and nurturing the youth of India to be the future dedicated leaders of MOTHER INDIA.

MAEER's MIT Group of Institutions has established the tradition of setting up highly reputed educational and training institutions in various fields, and present to the world community some unique programs and methods especially in the field of professional education. In keeping with this tradition, the institutions like Vishwashanti Gurukul and the projects like 'Transforming the Pilgrims Centres of the World into Divine Knowledge Centres of the World' and 'Environmental Protection and Pollution Control' at Alandi-Dehu-Pandharpur were set up.

Under the initiative taken by Prof. Dr. Vishwanath D. Karad to promote communal peace and harmony, World Peace Centre (Alandi), MAEER's MIT, Pune, India reconstructed the Shri Ram Mandir which was destroyed by attackers around 250 years ago in the village Rameshwar (Rui) in Latur district of Marathwada region and also the Hazrat Khwaja Zainuddin Dargah and the adjacent Jama Masjid of the same village, which was destroyed by angry mobs during the Razakar agitation immediately post independence. The villagers belonging to all castes and communities participated whole heartedly in this unique peace endeavor taken by WPC by responding very positively to this.

Some other significant activities by World Peace Centre (Alandi), MAEER's MIT, Pune, India organized on an annual basis are:

» Institution of the Bharat Asmita National Awards to recognize the excellent work done by eminent people in the field management education, parliamentary practices, public awakening through mass media, NGO, etc.
» Institution of the Bharat Asmita National Awards to recognize the excellent work done by eminent people in the field management education, parliamentary practices, public awakening through mass media, NGO, etc.
» Organizing the Bharatiya Chhatra Sansad as a common platform for student leaders across India to make them aware of the issues facing the country and let their voice and opinion to be heard.
» Annual wrestling competitions in the villages of Rameshwar (Rui) and Wakhri near Pandharpur to promote the idea of physical fitness in line with the adage 'Sound body is a sound mind'.
» World Tolerance Week – November – This is marked by week-long celebrations on the banks of the river Indrayani in Alandi through devotional programmes and also social and mass education programmes.
» Saint Dnyaneshwar-Tukarama Endowment Lecture Series - 24-30 November - This week-long lecture series was started in 1996 to coincide with the establishment of the UNESCO Chair. This is one of the most important events in our calendar. For 15 years, some of the most eminent scholars, scientists, philosophers, thinkers, academicians and other dignitaries have been delivering lectures to promote culture of peace and human values.
» MIT Sanskritik Sandhya -30th and 31st December - This is a cultural event graced by the participation of some very eminent maestros of Indian Classical music. Its first objective is to create the experience of peace and tranquillity through music. The second objective is to sacrifice all vices like lust, anger, greed, jealousy, envy etc in the pyre that is lit on the new year's eve and keep people away from the unsavoury practices that are followed on the New Year's Eve like alcoholism, rowdism etc.

In keeping with the tradition set up by World Peace Centre (Alandi), one of the most unique projects of Vishwashanti Sangeet Kala Academy, Rajbaug, has been established with an aim to be amongst the premier institutes for imparting education in music and fine arts in the country. Music develops a peaceful mindset amongst its followers and this academy has been set up to develop this very mindset.


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