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WORLD PEACE CENTRE (ALANDI),
MAEER’s MIT PUNE,
World Peace Centre (Alandi), and MIT World Peace University, Pune, India firmly believes in the saying of the 13th Century Philosopher Saint Shree Dnyaneshwara that “The entire Universe is Manifestation of Pure Consciousness and Intelligence” and the Centre further identifies itself with the assertion made by the greatest visionary scientist of the 20th Century Dr. Albert Einstein that “I believe in God, who reveals himself in the orderly harmony of the Universe, and I further believe that intelligence is manifested throughout Mother Nature”, which amply clarifies the very essence and philosophy behind science and religion/spirituality. It strongly confirms that the purest form of Divine Music of Life signifies the Harmony of Science and Spirituality.
The Mission of World Peace Centre (Alandi), and MIT World Peace University, Pune, India is to champion the cause of promoting the Culture of Peace in the World through the appropriate understanding of the essence and philosophy of World Religions.
In a world that was constantly at conflict, humanity needed an anchorage that would pursue peace, practice peace and propagate peace as the ultimate medium of sustainable and universal change. In line with its deep-rooted philosophy that emphasized the need for nurturing socially cognizant and responsible youth, MAEER’s MIT Pune took proactive lead to organize the ‘World Philosophers Meet’ – A Parliament of Science, Religion and Philosophy in November 1996 at MIT, Pune.
The ‘World Philosophers Meet’ intended to bring together distinguished personalities in the fields of religion, science and philosophy to evolve a scientific, literary, spiritual and humanistic system for the world. Over 700 eminent scientists, scholars, social scientists, philosophers and religious leaders, apart from educationists and other intellectuals, from more than 47 countries, and 3000 spectators attended the assemblage. The outcome of this meet of philosophers with scientific outlook, scientists with philosophical approach and the religious leaders with social commitment was the ‘World Peace Centre’.
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UNESCO CHAIR IN PEACE, HUMAN RIGHTS & DEMOCRACY
UNESCO Chair in Peace, Human Rights and Democracy (106), was established in 1998 at Maharashtra Academy of Engineering and Educational Research, (India). UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. It seeks to build peace through international cooperation in Education, the Sciences and Culture. UNESCO's programmes contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals defined in Agenda 2030, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2015.
In this spirit, UNESCO develops educational tools to help people live as global citizens free of hate and intolerance. UNESCO works so that each child and citizen has access to quality education. By promoting cultural heritage and the equal dignity of all cultures, UNESCO strengthens bonds among nations. UNESCO fosters scientific programmes and policies as platforms for development and cooperation. UNESCO stands up for freedom of expression, as a fundamental right and a key condition for democracy and development. Serving as a laboratory of ideas, UNESCO helps countries adopt international standards and manages programmes that foster the free flow of ideas and knowledge sharing.
The World Peace Centre (Alandi) of MAEER’s MIT, Pune, India was established on 1 December 1996 and was a step towards the establishment of the MIT – World Peace University. Instituted in the presence of distinguished, 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, the World Peace Center at Alandi was an affirmative stride in the direction of world peace. Prof. Dr. Vishwanath D. Karad envisaged the future and appreciated the potential of Alandi as a center of universal revolution and change. Under his visionary leadership, Alandi, a celebrated pilgrim center, saw unbelievable transformation into a center of profound knowledge and sanctity. Alandi, the place of the ‘Sanjeevan Samadhi’ of the 13th century saint, yogi and poet Saint Shri Dnyaneshwara became the land of action and ‘karma’ of Prof. Dr. Vishwanath D. Karad.
With a vision to make a universal impact, the World Peace Centre established a ‘Culture of Peace’ in a systematic and organized manner through education and training at the global level. The ‘Culture of Peace’ embraces open-mindedness, sustainable economic and social development, democratic participation, freedom of expression and respect for human rights. In line with this, ever since, the World Peace Centre and now the World Peace University actively spread the message of peace based on the appropriate blending of spirituality, science and philosophy. They seek to empower the youth of the world and build their organization, while inculcating in them the values of respecting nature and strengthening their belief that the ‘World is One Family’, beyond the boundaries of caste, creed, class, religion, gender and nationality.
MIT – World Peace University, today, is among the best private universities in Maharashtra and the country. It is the only university in the world for life transformation. The uniquely designed programmes and pedagogy combined with top-class facilities and amenities illustrate our vision of ‘Attaining World Peace through Education’. We, at MIT-WPU, are also proud of our ‘Peace Studies Initiative’ through which we try infuse the benefits of peace to our students. We are committed to making India ‘Vishwa Guru’ that means the ‘Teacher of the World!’
In appreciation of the work carried out by MAEER’s MIT, Pune, India under the banner of World Peace Centre, of championing the cause of promoting ‘Value Based Universal Education’, UNESCO, Paris bestowed the World Peace Centre, MAEER’s MIT, Pune, India, UNESCO Chair for Human Rights, Democracy, Peace and Tolerance on 12 May 1998.