21 Feb 2020, Pune: Army Institute of Technology is all set to celebrate its 26th foundation day on 24th February 2020. Established in the year 1994, the prestigious institute boasts the best governance as it has the senior-most officer in the Indian Army, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) as the President of the board of directors of the Army Welfare Education Society.
On the auspicious day, Chairman and Managing Director of Bharat Vikas Group (BVG), Hanumant Gaikwad will be felicitated as a successful entrepreneur. Mr Ravi Kumar, Co-Founder of ‘udChalo’ and an alumnus of 2009 batch of Mechanical Engineering of Army Institute of Technology (AIT), Pune will be honored with the young entrepreneur award. Recently, Ravi Kumar has been awarded as ‘Asia 40 under 40 Most Influential Asians’ by Asia One Magazine. Lt. Gen. CP Mohanty, AVSM, SM, VSM, GOC-in-C Southern Command, who is also the Patron in Chief of the institute will be the chief guest on the occasion. The program will take place at 10.00 am at AIT Campus Dighi, Pune.
The institute was set up when General B.C. Joshi, PVSM AVSM, ADC (1935–1994), the then Chief of Army Staff, saw the need for an engineering college for the wards of all ranks of the Indian Army. His view was that wards of army personnel were disadvantaged as far as education was concerned due to the direct consequence of soldiers serving under difficult conditions in remote areas where educational facilities are not always available. Additionally, the regular movement of army personnel, potentially across the country, affects the continuity of education. AIT was formally inaugurated by Gen S. Roy Chaudhary PVSM, ADC on 24 th Feb, 1995. Since then AIT students continue to excel in all fields – be it sports, cultural or academics. Today AIT has over 1300 students in 4 undergraduate programs, namely Computer Engineering, Information Technology, Mechanical Engineering and Electronics and Telecommunication engineering. The institute also has a postgraduate course in machine design with 18 seats. The students have achieved excellent placements in all domains with reputed companies like Microsoft, Amazon, Barclays, etc. The vision of the institute is to become a & ‘Globally Recognized’ technical institute providing world class education and research facilities to the wards of defense personnel. Brigadier Abhay Bhat, the present director, is leading the AIT fraternity with zeal, passion and enthusiasm, taking AIT to new peaks.
Abhay Bhat said, “Hanmantrao Gaikwad is a pioneer of the mechanized housekeeping/ facility management industry in India, he has created job opportunities for more than 80,000 people. India’s largest integrated services company, which takes care of Parliament of India, residence of Prime Minister, Rashtrapati Bhavan, Supreme Court, Indian Railways and major corporates like Tata, Mercedes Benz, Bosch, Cummins and hospitals like AIIMS, Safdarjung, 15 major airports and 12 major Temples.”