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Expansion Programs

Expansion Programs

In addition to its flagship program, NIRMAN is developing other focused interventions to sensitize, nurture and organize young leadership in the social sector.

These include:

  1. Krutee NIRMAN to bring young people face to face with social reality and engage them in acts of social contribution
  2. Volunteering at SEARCH - Many NIRMAN youth and students from different institutes (especially medical colleges) across Maharashtra regularly come to SEARCH, volunteer their time by taking part in the activities of the organization and learn
  3. NIRMAN - MUHS Collaboration, MoU to promote social motivation of the young medical and health sciences students in the various colleges / institutes affiliated with MUHS with a focus on the promotion of development work in the youth
  4. Shodh Yatra, an initiative by Prof Anil Gupta aims to undertake a journey for the search of knowledge, creativity and innovations at the grassroots. 44th Shodh Yatra was organized in the tribal villages of Gadchiroli District with joint efforts of SRISHTI & NIRMAN
  5. NIRMAN - IITB is a focused collaboration between NIRMAN and IIT Bombay to expose students in IIT Bombay to social issues and nurture problem solving skills and spirit among them.

Krutee NIRMAN

NIRMAN believes in Nayee Talim educational philosophy proposed by Mahatma Gandhi. According to Nayee Talim, life and education can never be separated. Life is the best teacher. Thus, Krutee NIRMAN is an educational program to facilitate youth to their education, sensitization and self-realization by confronting real life social problems.

Goals

  • To provide opportunity to the youth to learn about society, environment, social service & self
  • To introduce the youth to burning social problems and the possible solutions
  • To engage them in acts of social contribution and learn from role models
  • To identify the youth willing to work on social problems for the long-term and nurture them further

Since April 2015, 950+ volunteers contributed 3880+ person days in various activities organized under the banner of Krutee NIRMAN.

Various organizations participate, mentor and provide opportunities for action like Pragati Abhiyan Nashik, Paani Foundation, Vayam, DISHA for Victims, Sondara Gurukulam Beed, KVK Jalna, MKCL KF Pune, Tarunaai Foundation Buldhana, DILASA Sanstha Yavatmal and many others.

Youth get to learn about their comfort zones, rural scenario, social taboos, problems, needs, various approaches to solve problems and most importantly social relevance of their education.

Volunteering at SEARCH

Since April 2015, over 400 volunteers have participated in various activities organized by NIRMAN's parent organization, SEARCH (amounting to over 2500 person days). The activities include participating in surgery camps, special OPDs at the SEARCH hospital, internship in various departments of SEARCH, tobacco-alcohol consumption surveys, mobile medical unit in tribal villages, health education, NIRMAN workshops, tribal youth sports, school health program, etc. and many more. The activities are organized throughout the year and students can participate as per the time window of their suitability.

This is an excellent learning opportunity for young people to

  1. Get first hand exposure to the rural/tribal life in Gadchiroli and understand the social challenges
  2. Participate in professional and scientific work directed towards social change
  3. Interact with and learn from eminent doctors, researchers, social activists in the state
  4. Spend time at the beautiful SEARCH campus and engage in the community life there
  5. Get introduced to NIRMAN and establish dialog/seek guidance from the NIRMAN team members

Write to contact.nirman@gmail.com for more details and to volunteer.

NIRMAN – MUHS Collaboration

NIRMAN has established a formal partnership with the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS). As part of the signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between these two parties, the primary objective is to promote the social motivation of the young medical and health sciences students in the various colleges / institutes affiliated with MUHS with a focus on the promotion of development work in the youth.

NIRMAN has started conducting series of lectures, seminars, and discussion sessions in various Medical, Dental and Ayurvedic colleges across Maharashtra, with a focus on:

  • Health challenges at the global and national level
  • My purpose for being in the medical field
  • What could be the role of a young medical student in the present healthcare scenario?
  • Identifying students who wish to get a deeper understanding of socio-medical challenges and approaches of effective problem solving

In order to arrange a lecutre in your medical college, please contact Dr. Pratik Surana (9421478316, pratik_surana@searchforhealth.ngo) from the NIRMAN team.

SHODH YATRA

44th SHODH YATRA Organized Jointly by SRISHTI and NIRMAN SEARCH (Shodhgram) to Mendha Lekha, Gadchiroli, 12-18th June 2019

Shodh Yatra, an initiative by Padma Shri Prof Anil Gupta (Professor, IIM Ahmedabad) aims to undertake a journey for the search of knowledge, creativity and innovations at the grassroots. Shodh Yatra is an attempt to reach out to the most remote parts of the country with a firm belief that the hardship and challenges of natural surroundings are prime motivators of creativity and innovations. Shodh Yatra aims at unearthing such traditional knowledge and grassroots innovations. It’s also a journey of mutual exchange and sharing of knowledge that has been accumulated over the years.

  • To learn about the experiences of the farmers engaged in organic farming and inform other farmers about the same.
  • To encourage the curiosity of the children and to discover the knowledge of bio and crop diversity among rural people.
  • To meet the people who solve their problems through their presence of mind and inborn ability, store their knowledge and felicitate them.
  • To compile and disseminate the knowledge, which is fast disappearing and establish a dialogue between the old generation and future generation

The 44th Shodh Yatra was organized in the tribal villages of Dhanora Tehsil of Gadchiroli District with collaborative efforts with NIRMAN. It started from SEARCH, Shodhgram and traveled through 18 villages covering a distance of around 80 km from 13th to 18th June, 2019, and ended at Mendha Lekha, the village famous for its fight for the community forest rights. Along with Prof. Anil Gupta and the SRISHTI team, 30 participants from all over India and 10 NIRMANees participated in this Shodh Yatra. Various innovators in arts, health, education, biodiversity, farming, and food were felicitated during the process. It was an intense learning opportunity for the participants to understand the lives and realities of tribal people.

NIRMAN – IITB

IIT Bombay is the most prestigious technical institute in India, famous for its contributions in the fields of technology, engineering and research. In 2014, IITB approached NIRMAN to conduct focused training workshops for its students to expose them to social challenges, understand and inspire them to solve social problems and nurture their social consciousness.

NIRMAN developed a specific training program for this and the first workshop with 30 participants from IIT Bombay took place in Gadchiroli in December 2014. Since then, the association has become stronger and multi-pronged. The students have started coming to Gadchiroli and in SEARCH for their internships. The second training workshop with the next cohort took place in December 2015. And now, opportunities for further collaboration with IITB students and faculty for training and research work in Gadchiroli are being explored.

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