About

Dr. Sunil Karad attributes his innovative streak and academic bent of mind to his constant need to reinvent himself. His journey from the small town of Rameshwar to Pune and being a part of the prestigious Jnana Prabodhini School, was the first step to an expansive path of accomplishments that followed. His prolific academic life – which culminated with a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship from the University of Sheffield, UK – was dotted with several laud-worthy milestones. His academic and professional past speaks volumes about his drive to excel across all endeavours. Hard work and diligence come naturally to him, along with a passion to achieve expertise in everything he undertakes. He has been bestowed with numerous awards throughout the course of his career as an astute educationist with a flair for academic innovation.
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Leadership

Steering clear of the beaten track was always a conscious choice made by Dr Sunil Karad – a choice that springs evident from the projects he helms. Each institute – including MIT Academy of Engineering, Vishwashanti Gurukul – An IB World School, MIT Institute of Design, MIT Skills, MIT School of Telecom Management, Avantika University, to name a few – bear testimony to his foresight and impeccable acumen as a pioneer and progressive educationist. Institutes under his leadership have forged a lasting impact on the education landscape in India.

As the Chief Convener of Robocon India, he has relished the opportunity to observe and groom the best minds in creative engineering. This contest serves as a world-class platform for students to exhibit their ideas in robotics, as well as establish cross cultural contacts in a stimulating environment.

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Achievements

"If you can dream it, you can do it."

This one quote personifies Dr. Sunil and beautifully explains all his achievements. Not only did he dream big, but also had the perseverance to passionately follow them. The list of achievements is too long to compile and so, the few important achievements have been highlighted in this effort.

It begins from coming to Pune at a tender age and then, with self study and hard work, being a part of the glorious Jnana Prabodhini School - a feat not easy to achieve. This was the first step to the long ever growing path of accomplishments to follow. Each one of the projects he envisioned soon became a magnificent reality.

He selected Alandi, a pilgrim town near Pune, as the location for his first ever project of an Engineering College, shocking many experienced academicians. The Maharashtra Academy of Engineering College which is now known as MIT Pune’s Academy if Engineering, since then, has been a centre of excellence in engineering education. It went on to be the first ever engineering college under the University of Pune to be ISO 9001 certified. Though all the following projects have some history behind its inception, the two institutes which are worth mentioning are the Vishwashanti Gurukul, An IB World School and the MIT Institute of Design; both established on the banks of the Mula Mutha River, in the serene environment of Rajbaug, Pune.

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Testimonials

My association with Sunil came by way of our collaboration for Avantika University, Ujjain. I have come to know him as an earnest educationist, dedicated to the cause of infusing innovation in the education sector. He never balks from breaking away from the traditional mold and explore unchartered territory. His background and lineage affords him a world view of the education sector, enabling him to influence trends that will shape the future knowledge sharing in India.

Dr. Sanjay Dhande
Chief Mentor - Avantika University, Ujjain
Former Director- IIT Kanpur
Eminent Educationist and Visionary Institution Builder

A lot of nurturing and sustenance of Ed-Tech ecosystem in India is credited to EDUGILD – a brainchild of Dr Sunil Karad. My association with him is an extension of my association with EDUGILD as a Mentor and Venture Partner. Dr Karad’s global influence leads him to have a finger on the pulse of the EdTech ecosystem, thereby backing the best emerging ideas in the sector. His insightful, analytical demeanour always leaves a lasting impact on everyone he comes across.

Apurva Chamria
AVP & Head, Global Brand
Digital Marketing
- HCL

"Sunil Karad studied for an MSc (1995-6) in Polymers and Composites in the Department of Engineering Materials at The University of Sheffield where he got interested in fibre reinforced plastics used in Aerospace and other Engineering applications. He remained in Sheffield for a PhD, which he completed in the minimum time of 2 years (1996-8). This was particularly impressive because he chose to study environmental effects in cyanate ester resins and composites where the moisture absorption kinetics is very slow. Thus to achieve sufficient data in 2 years required an efficient and effective research plan.Sunil's ability to plan carefully the research objectives delivered 7 high quality journal publications.

Emeritus Professor Frank R. Jones
World Fellow of the International Committee for Composite materials
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
The University of Sheffield, UK

"Sunil Karad studied for an MSc (1995-6) in Polymers and Composites in the Department of Engineering Materials at The University of Sheffield where he got interested in fibre reinforced plastics used in Aerospace and other Engineering applications. He remained in Sheffield for a PhD, which he completed in the minimum time of 2 years (1996-8). This was particularly impressive because he chose to study environmental effects in cyanate ester resins and composites where the moisture absorption kinetics is very slow. Thus to achieve sufficient data in 2 years required an efficient and effective research plan.Sunil's ability to plan carefully the research objectives delivered 7 high quality journal publications.

Emeritus Professor Frank R. Jones
World Fellow of the International Committee for Composite materials
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
The University of Sheffield, UK

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Dr. Sunil Karad

Executive Director, Treasurer & Trustee
MIT Group of Institutions,
Paud Road, Kothrud,
Pune | India 411038.