We often struggle with the question — what is our life’s work? What is fundamentally important?
A charismatic personality like Dr. Mangesh has a straight and direct answer to that question. He worked out the answer one fine morning, after a lot of introspection and sour-searching. Undoubtedly, many people inspired and unknowingly contributed to his journey of self-discovery, but eventually Dr. Mangesh figured out the missing piece of his life’s puzzle.
He chose education as his life’s goal.
His one and only passion in life. He chose to follow in the footsteps of his mentors, and commit his life to knowledge-seeking.
He had just completed his Inter Science (12th standard) in 1981, when he came under the tutelage of his uncle Prof. Dr. Vishwanath D. Karad, who was teaching at Pune Engineering College. Unhappy and frustrated with his life, Dr. Mangesh Karad was in fact contemplating suicide, when Dr. Vishwanath Karad managed to give a new goal and direction to his nephew.
Dr. Mangesh Karad had witnessed the crushing impact of the 1972 drought, when Maharashtra faced an acute shortage of engineering professionals to rebuild the State. Eight Engineering Colleges with a capacity of 1800 students per year could not produce enough qualified professionals to meet the rising demand and the vacant posts had to be filled with graduates from other States.
Dr. Karad joined his uncle’s college as a Professor and resolved to address this problem head-on. He decided to apply himself full-time to the improvement of the capacity and quality of technical education in Maharashtra.
On 1st May 1983, Mr. Sudhakar Naik, the then Minister of Technical Education, Maharashtra happen to visit Marathwada Mitra Mandal College to attend a function. There, he met young Karad and discovered they had many interests in common, including their interest in furthering he cause of technical education in the State. The two launched into an animated discussion, and Dr Karad ended up inviting the Minister to his home, where they discussed their respective perspectives in more detail. Later, through the Minister, Dr Mangesh Karad met Shri Vasant Dada Patil, the then Chief Minister of Maharashtra, who was also impressed by the young man’s passion and revolutionary zeal.
The outcome was many years of productive association, and the birth of a new vision. In less than ten years, it led to the establishment of nine new private engineering colleges in the State. The first of these is MIT, Pune.