Ram Takwale (born in 1933) had his schooling in a village and Pune, higher education in Pune University and Ph D from Moscow State University. He has taught Physics at Fergusson College and Pune University. His teaching and research interests shifted from theoretical physics to studies & development in education during the later part of his career since he became Vice-Chancellor. Professor Takwale was Vice-chancellor of three Universities: Pune University, Pune (1978-84), Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University, Nashik (1989-95) and Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi (1995-98). He was also the Chairman of National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Banglore (2003-06). Chairperson of the Sub-Committee on Education in MCCIA. Pune.(2002-08)
Prof. Takwale’s contribution includes the development of a model of YCMOU responsive to the needs of the region, models for work-place based learning, use of ICT in administration and education, ICT based teacher training model.
Prof. Takwale was associated with many national and international organizations and bodies. He was President of the Association of Indian Universities (1994), President of Asian Association of Open Universities (1995-98), Founder Member and the President of the Maharashtra Academy of Sciences (1994-95). He is associated with the Commonwealth of Learning, Vancouver, Canada, through its programmes and was a member of the COL Review Committee & Regional Advisor (South Asia) to the President of COL and Regional Advisor to COL’s strategic Three Year Plan for 2006-09. He was a COL consultant to ICRISAT for its Virtual Academy for Semi-Arid Tropics (VASAT) and to some universities in agriculture in their extension education programs. He was also associated in various capacities with the Association of Commonwealth Universities, International Council for Distance Education and many committees and bodies at the national and international levels.
Prof. Takwale was the Chairman of the Committee appointed by the Department of Higher and Technical Education, Government of Maharashtra, for IT use in Higher and Technical Education in Maharashtra. The Committee Report led to the establishment of Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation, a public-private partnership company for creating new paradigm of education and eliminating digital divide. MKCL is founded by the Government of Maharashtra and universities in Maharashtra in 2001 and has become a success story in offering e-frameworks for total educational governance and large scale training in a basic IT literacy course with three million trained during the last 6 years through a large network of 3500 access centers all over Maharashtra. The company is expanding internationally and getting replicated in India.
Prof. Takwale has received many honored, prominent among these are:
Prof. Takwale was also the President of the Indian Distance Education Council. He is actively associated with many voluntary organizations such as Vanarai, Samata Pratishthan etc. Prof Takwale is a Chairman of the Committee appointed by the Kerala Government for establishing State open University (2008)
For the last few years, Prof. Ram Takwale is keenly interested in the use of ICT for creating opportunities for quality education for all. He is working on generating educational transformation by employing Communication Revolution with ICT applications, networking, mobilizing people and building their consortia and partnerships with win-win approach. His life-long concerns are to extend education to help develop people, particularly in the scenario of diversity, disparity, deprivation and large numbers.
He for Sustainable Education aimed at sustainable development through is keenly interested in developing Future Now model with transmode education in a connected society and based on constructivist theory- the future scenario based situated learning and situated development. The programs are aimed at creating large techno-social system. The goal is to create level playing field for all for offering empowerment and transformation. Specifically his interests are: