Makarand Pandit – fellows
For skill and unflagging energy as he embodied the rise of technical communication in India; for guiding and inspiring a generation of technical communicators.
Makarand Pandit entered the field of technical communication in 1994 as a freelancer. He is currently CEO and Principal Trainer at Technowrites Pvt. Ltd. An Electronics Engineer and post-graduate in marketing management, he has worked as Technical Writer, ID, Project Manager, and Trainer.
He worked on more than 450 projects in eight countries including India, Singapore, Australia, Thailand, UAE, and the USA, and conducted corporate training courses in India, USA, Singapore, Malaysia, and UAE. In addition to English, he has completed projects in several Indian Regional Languages.
Mak has worked with various educational institutes and universities, including University of Pune, University of Jammu, Indira Gandhi National Open University, and Symbiosis University. He served on a panel appointed by Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) to develop a course on technical editing and publishing. He also coordinated, directed, and anchored a video interview series on “Technical Writing Careers” for Educational & Media Research Center (EMRC), University of Pune.
Mak also developed India’s first post-graduate diploma in technical communication. He successfully collaborated with the University to conduct the course, from taking screening tests to conducting exams and declaring results. The course has seen 100% placement to date.
He has trained more than 2,000 candidates in technical writing over 14 years. Many of his students have now become managers and technical writing department heads. He also trained more than 1,500 candidates as a part of various corporate training courses.
Mak became a founding member of the award-winning STC India Chapter and has been actively involved in STC India activities since 1999. He served the chapter as City Representative, Membership Manager, Election Officer, Conference Program Manager, and Chapter President (2005 and 2016). In 2014 and 2015, Mak served STC as a member of the Community Achievement Awards Committee. He has been nominated for STC Director three times and served as STC Global Membership Co-manager.