Padmashri Dr. Sanjay G Dhande

Padmashri Dr. Sanjay G Dhande

There are two important events in the history of any academic institute; firstly its beginning and secondly, getting the recognition as an Autonomous institute. MIT Academy of Engineering (MITAOE) was successfully established in 1999 with a vision to impart a high quality engineering education and thereby contribute to the holistic development of its students. Recently, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has conferred ‘academic autonomy’ on MITAOE for its excellence in academics, research and administration. According to me, this is a great recognition as it gives academic liberty to design a more comprehensive, learner-centric, industry-oriented and practical-based curriculum structure and syllabi. Autonomy enables the institute to think independently and decide the most relevant and innovative approaches to pedagogy and other academic practices. This milestone has encouraged MITAOE to embark on a new journey towards excellence.
As autonomy empowers us to excel further, it is our prime task to adopt the best teaching and learning practices at the institute. In view of this, we are setting up a Centre for Teaching and Learning which will exclusively work for the quality improvement of our faculty. We are going to considerably invest in faculty development in order to foster excellence in pedagogy and research at the institute. Our new syllabi are closely linked to the industrial requirements. The location of MITAOE in Alandi (D) is important and strategic as the institute is surrounded by the large industrial zones like Bhosari, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Talawade and Chakan. The institute is in the close proximity to the industries of national and international repute. We are strengthening our interaction with the industry in order to involve them in our academic decision making and research initiatives. One more crucial aspect is research in the field of defence. We are in the process of establishing a symbiotic relationship with the defence research and development organizations like the DRDO. This will open up newer avenues for our students to take up research in defence. To sum up, we at MITAOE are persistently endeavoring to excel our standards further. Our aim is to develop all-rounded personalities of our students by exposing them to quality holistic education which not only nurtures their technical skills but also develops their complete personality through ample exposure to sports and cultural activities.
We dream to be one of the top five institutes not only in the state of Maharashtra but nationally in the next ten years. I invite you to be a part of this dream.

Padmashri Dr. Sanjay G Dhande
Chairman, Governing Council
MIT Academy of Engineering, Alandi (D) Pune, India