Since its inception in 2006, NIRMAN has grown all throughout and its impact can be assessed on multiple dimensions.
NIRMAN participants work on social issues by taking up one of these five options: be a social entrepreneur and start one’s own venture, work with different non-profit organizations with an explicit social mission, join the government system and serve the people, avail various fellowships to work on specified social projects or work in the private sector and contribute part time for a social cause.
Some of the key metrics as of June, 2017 are as follows:
1. Training Camps/Workshops Conducted: So far total 41 distinct trainings with ~15,000 person-days.
2. Resource Persons: Since its inception in 2006, so far over 92 State, National and International resource persons have lectured in and facilitated the NIRMAN training process.
3. Fellowships: NIRMAN participants have received ~51 different kinds of fellowships to be able to contribute in the social sector.
a. Educational Composition: It’s a mix of diverse backgrounds including Medical (MBBS/ MD/ MPH/ BDS/ BPTh), Engineers, Chartered Accountants, Science-Arts-Commerce Graduates, Social Workers, Lawyers, Journalists, Teachers, Farmers, Film Makers etc.
b. Geographic Spread: 34 out of 36 districts in Maharashtra. Participants have come from Kerala, Karnataka, Punjab and Madhya Pradesh as well.
c. Regional Spread: Vidarbha - 236, Marathwada – 180, North Maharashtra – 132, West Maharashtra – 105, Pune - 109, Mumbai and Konkan – 105, and Outside Maharashtra – 6.
d. Batch wise Distribution: Total 873 participants have undergone the training.
e. Gender Composition: Male/Female ratio is 60/40 (per 100)
f. Many participants from NIRMAN have pursued advanced degrees from some of the top educational institutions including IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, IIT Chennai, Indian Institute of Science Bangalore, IISER Pune, All India Institute of Medical Sciences New Delhi, SGPGI Lucknow, Johns Hopkins University, Harvard University, University of Pennsylvania, George Mason University, TU Delft Netherlands, Tata Institute of Social Sciences Mumbai, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute Trivandrum, CEPT University Ahmedabad, National Institute of Design Ahmedabad, GSMC & KEM Hospital, LTMMC & Sion Hospital, TNMC & Nair Hospital, GMC Nagpur, MGIMS Sevagram, etc
4. Media Coverage: There have been over ~150 articles, features, news, interviews about NIRMAN in various newspapers, magazines, TV, radio channels, social media and blogs, etc.
6. Major Institutional Support: Society for Education, Action and Research in Community Health (SEARCH), MKCL Knowledge Foundation (MKCL-KF), Tata Trusts, American India Foundation (AIF), Infosys Foundation, PCF, BAIF Development and Research Foundation etc.
7. Knowledge contribution/ Research Papers published
a. Stroke Is the Leading Cause of Death in Rural Gadchiroli, India: A Prospective Community-Based Study – Stroke
b. High Prevalence of Stroke in Rural Gadchiroli, India: A Community-Based Study – Neuro epidemiology
c. Barriers to Malaria Control among Marginalized Tribal Communities: A Qualitative Study – PLOS ONE
d. Use of Ethno-Veterinary medicines (EVM) from Vidarbha Region (MH) India – Bioscience Discovery
e. Natural Fodder Species and Analysis for Diet Pattern in Breeding Tract of Kathani Cattle in Maharashtra – Research Journal of Animal Husbandry and Diary Science
f. Food Grain vs Liquor : Maharashtra under Crisis - Economic and Political Weekly
g. Species diversity of leafhoppers and planthoppers in agroclimatic zones of Maharashtra - Indian Council of Agricultural Research
h. Host preference and its effect on phadka grasshopper Hieroglyphus nigrorepletus bolivar - Journal of Entomology and Zoology Studies
i. Oxford study validates Indian environmentalist claims – India Together
j. Consume more, Pollute more, Pay less, Ask for more Dams: Pune City’s water policy – South Asia Network on Dams, Rivers and People