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28th Endowment Lecture Series and Orientation Workshop - 2023

UNESCO Chair Programme for “Culture of Peace”
Friday, 24th November 2023 to Thursday, 30th November 2023

MIT World Peace University, Pune, Bharat

Past Event - Endowment Lecture Series Schedule

Inaugural Function

Friday, 24 November 2023 at 4.00 pm

Chief Guest

Prof. Govindan Rangarajan
Director, Indian Institute of Science (IISC), 
Public University, Bengaluru

Special Guests of Honor

Padma Bhushan Dr. Vijay Bhatkar
World Famous Eminent Scientist & Educationist of India, 
Former Chancellor, Nalanda University, Bharat


Prof. Dr. Vishwanath D. Karad
Founder - President, 
MIT World Peace University, Pune, Bharat 

Executive President

Shri. Rahul V. Karad

Managing Trustee & Executive President,
MAEER’s MIT Group of Institutions,
Pune, India




A living site of Interreligious peace and dialogue, the World Peace Dome constructed at the picturesque Vishwarajbaug, Pune, is not only the largest dome in the world but a living heritage of harmonious amalgamation of eastern spiritual peace and western scientific wisdom exemplifying the ethos of  ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ – ‘The World is One family. The magnificent structure with 160 ft. diameter and 263 ft height contains 54 larger-than-life-size bronze statues of many outstanding Saints, Scientists and Philosophers from Saint Dnyaneshwar to Albert Einstein. It is an embodiment of establishing a culture of peace and sustainable development that are at the heart of UNESCO’s mandate.

Creator and Architect of World's Biggest Dome

Rev. Prof. Dr. Vishwanath D. Karad


My dear friends,

You are fully aware that the entire world is passing through a tense and chaotic stage, even worse than what was experienced during the two world wars. The present one is also a war, war between good and evil, sacrifice and greed, virtues and vices, tolerance and stubbornness, religious co-existence and fundamentalism, traditional time-tested values and quick gains and ego, and so on. The various issues involved are not only local i.e. restricted to one’s own country, but are global as well.

The world is witnessing mind-boggling scientific and industrial developments like artificial intelligence, internet, IT, digital technology, robotics, journey to the outer space and what not on the one hand and on the other, unfortunately, there is total chaos, confusion, suspicion, terrorism, bloodshed, violence and massacre in the name of caste, creed, race, religion and trifle issues like boundaries of nations. The family system, which is vital for the survival of the mankind, is also on the rocks. 



Presently known to be the largest dome in the world, the remarkable monument has a diameter of 160 feet. With only 24 pillars as the foundation, the structure can  accommodate more than  3,000 people at any given time. Connecting back to the philosophy  of  Philosopher  Sant  Dnyaneshwara that the world we live in and perceive is not merely an illusion, but a manifestation of the ultimate reality/ the truth – the Almighty God, that lies beyond the perception of senses and the grasp of logic, the dome  is  an enlightened  edifice  in entirety.

The dome houses a library at the base and a prayer hall above, with 54 bronze statues of revered  scholars, saints, scientists, philosophers and gurus. The library covers an unbelievable expanse of 62,500 sq. ft. and is a testament of the knowledge and  wisdom  that  India  as  a  country  holds  and disseminates. The center of the dome houses the meditation  center,  from  where  all  the  divine energy  and  positivity  emanates.  Eight  grand pillars at the core represent the life-sustaining and enriching systems that propagate the core values of life and existence such as Yoga, Vipassana,

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