The glorious journey of MIT, Pune begins…

The story of MIT started when Dr. Karad, who was a professor in the College of Engineering, Pune (COEP), wrote an insightful article in the leading Marathi daily – Maharashtra Times – about the need for private engineering education in the state to fulfil the rising aspirations of the youth. He felt the need to write this article after his interaction with a deserving student who was depressed and on the verge of committing suicide because he could not manage to secure a seat in the limited capacity of the existing engineering colleges at that time. Moreover, the severe drought experienced in Maharashtra in 1972 also revealed that there was an acute shortage of qualified engineers, particularly for infrastructure works like irrigation, roads and electricity lines, required for mitigation efforts. The increasing industrialization of Maharashtra also necessitated the availability of large number of engineers, including new diversifications such as electronics & telecommunications, computers, petroleum, chemical and bio-tech. This also resulted in students from Maharashtra migrating to other states for professional education and paying donations in the institutions there, which was a loss for their home state.

In order to rectify this dismal situation, Prof. Dr. Karad, after a close study and discussion with various stakeholders, realized that private engineering colleges were the need of the hour. His newspaper article was widely debated and circulated by the general public, the academia and even the politicians. The then Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri Vasantdada Patil realized the gravity of the situation and the historic decision of granting permission for the establishment of unaided professional colleges was passed by the state legislature. Prof. Dr. Karad, after painstaking efforts and support of like-minded people, Maharashtra Academy of Engineering & Educational Research (MAEER) – a trust – was set up in Pune. Under this banner Maharashtra Institute of Technology (MIT), one of the first private engineering colleges in the state, was set up to provide professional education, along with a firm grounding in the time-tested Indian value system. The relentless efforts soon bore fruit and the Bhoomi Pujan of the first building of MIT, Pune was performed by Honourable Shri. Shantanurao Kirloskar and Smt. Yamutai Kirloskar on the auspicious day of Vijaya Dashmi, 1983. This sapling has now grown into a sprawling tree and the rest is history.