Dr Vish­wanath D Karad has been a pioneer of ed­u­ca­tion in In­dia. In 1983, he founded the Ma­ha­rash­tra Academy of En­gi­neer­ing and Ed­u­ca­tional Re­search and has set up 71 in­sti­tu­tions since then, in­clud­ing some of the best en­gi­neer­ing, man­age­ment, phar­macy, medicine and gen­eral ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tions in the coun­try in­clud­ing the Ma­ha­rash­tra In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy School of Govern­ment, Vish­washanti Gu­rukul and Ma­ha­rash­tra In­sti­tute of Phar­macy The man, who re­tains his hu­mil­ity even aer hav­ing reached the heights of success, speaks about the need to com­bine sci­ence with spir­i­tu­al­ity for the greater good. per­son. But it doesn’t mean that all peo­ple will fol­low that path. In a way, a per­son feels like that be­cause there are very few peo­ple who go deep to un­der­stand the con­cept of re­li­gion. And with­out un­der­stand­ing the con­cept of re­li­gion, there have al­ways been de­bates and they will al­ways call it ‘blind faith’; go­ing to the tem­ple or go­ing to a church. But a very new con­cept has emerged now, called ‘Trans­form­ing Pil­grim Cen­tres of The World into Di­vine Knowl­edge Cen­tres of The World’. So a mandir, masjid or girja-ghar, what­ever you call them, they are orig­i­nally knowl­edge cen­tres. Be­cause of mis­con­cep­tions, peo­ple think that th­ese places are meant to be for only rit­u­als. But wor­ship­ping Knowl­edge Di­vine is the ul­ti­mate goal. Ba­si­cally, what is ad­vised in In­dian con­text is that all places of wor­ship are not cre­ated by some Ma­haraja or king or an em­peror. Build­ing huge palaces on the bank of Ganga or Go­davari does not make it a pil­grim cen­tres. So, ba­si­cally we have to clearly un­der­stand that pil­grim cen­tres are orig­i­nally knowl­edge cen­tres. So, the ques­tion is to go deep and un­der­stand th­ese con­cepts. Nowa­days, the world over - I have just come back from Hol­land - there is a new con­cept emerg­ing that speaks about OM= mc2.It is a new equa­tion that says OM=mc2.

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