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Testimonials

Swanand Khanapurkar

NIRMAN has given me very wide identity. The identity where self-discipline, compassion, introspection, feeling of non-alienation have become very natural to me. I would say, it has given me some kind of expression to it wherein I can now find my own path.


Swanand Khanapurkar

PhD, Theoretical Physics 
Arizona State University

Dr. Akshay Wagh

NIRMAN not only gave me amazing friends but also helped me to find the real me, and made me confident about my goal of social problem solving. Now I have a glorious purpose to live!


Dr. Akshay Wagh

MBBS, GSMC Mumbai 
Medical Officer, Rural Hospital, Bhamaragad

Dr. Ajinkya Kale

I realized that career is not about material achievements, it’s about touching more number of people.


Dr. Ajinkya Kale

MBBS, GMC Miraj  
Indian Postal Service, Government of India

Dr. Amrita Bagga

NIRMAN is paradise on Earth!


Dr. Amrita Bagga

MBBS, GMC Nanded

Ashwin Pawade

NIRMAN process taught me to critically analyze various problems in our society and to initiate an 'Action' based thought process to tackle these problems. NIRMAN triggered me to decide the motto of my life. It gave me courage to break the mold and pursue my career/ life in much more meaningful manner towards my society.


Ashwin Pawade

M.Tech. IIT Bombay  
Research Engineer, Science For Society

Dr. Mayur Pawar

From a naive, raw, confused boy with unclear goals, I have transformed into a person who is having great conviction and a fire inside. NIRMAN made me fearless. My learnings shattered the notion of life as a rat race and my belief that someone has to lose if the other has to gain. NIRMAN has brought great meaning into my life by helping me realize my values and greater goal. The most important thing I learnt is to go where there is a problem.


Dr. Mayur Pawar

MBBS, GSMC Mumbai

Dr. Abhishek Patil

NIRMAN introduced me to the gravity of social injustice in the society. My mind has now opened up to a whole new world of a more meaningful way of existence. NIRMAN increased my courage to bridge the gap between my thoughts and actions. I have become a better controller of the ship of my life.


Dr. Abhishek Patil

MBBS, GMC Mumbai 
  Medical Officer, SEARCH, Gadchiroli

Dr. Pratik Surana

To have a purposeful life, I must come out of my illusions, assumptions and should serve the needy poor people. I did not know the actual meaning of social work before joining NIRMAN. Now, I clearly understand that social change making is people oriented, based on needs of the people and working for weaker sections of community. I have got the ability to imagine a larger picture for the kind of society that I want. I am more confident about dealing with problems in personal as well as my public life.


Dr. Pratik Surana

MBBS, GMC Aurangabad 
Medical Officer, PHC Pendhari, Gadchiroli

Swapnil Bodkhe

I had some random plans for life. NIRMAN showed me the way where I can contribute to society and also lead a satisfactory life. My most important learning was that the major decisions in life should be made on the basis of values. I now feel immense peace and satisfaction


Swapnil Bodkhe

BS-MS, Biology  
Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune

Dr. Gajanan Phutake

I got a value system, lots of guides and friends that washed away my feeling of loneliness. NIRMAN gave me confidence and vigor, nurtured my social aspect without forcing anything. NIRMAN availed me the opportunity to serve.


Dr. Gajanan Phutake

MBBS, DNB

Dr. Surbhi Dharmadhikari

NIRMAN gave me an amazing outlook towards social problem solving. I now know what I have to do when I see inequality. I don’t feel like a traitor to my emotions anymore. From private practice with occasional social work to full time social work – NIRMAN has changed my view of money & success. It drastically reduced selfishness & increased joy of sharing.


Dr. Surbhi Dharmadhikari

MBBS, GMC Kolhapur

Dr. Nitish Sancheti

I will not just feel bad about a problem like I used to before. I will ask myself what I can do about it now. I realized that I was ‘just’ mechanically treating patients. I realized that they are not just ‘cases’ but they are human beings. I found my role in the society. Empowerment of people is my Swadharma!


Dr. Nitish Sancheti

MBBS, GSMC Mumbai

Dr. Sanchita Shirole

NIRMAN helped me to show courage and raise my voice wherever I felt things were not going the way they should be.


Dr. Sanchita Shirole

MBBS, MD

Dr. Manveen Kaur

Making myself vulnerable, stepping out of that 24*7 bubble, sharing what I feel in front of 60 people helped me learn, made me feel accepted, confident, peaceful, kind of happy. My ideas about social contribution have become more matured now!


Dr. Manveen Kaur

MBBS, GMC Aurangabad  
Cancer Registrar, SEARCH

Dr. Disha Chimane

A great new civilization can be created if I have the vision to see how my contribution is important. I feel empowered and ready to enter social sector.


Dr. Disha Chimane

MBBS, GMC Aurangabad  
Medical Officer, PHC Sarsam, Nanded

Dr. Aishwarya Munde

I realized that social sector is intellectually more stimulating than the conventional career, with the added benefit of getting the satisfaction of being useful to others. I also found out that I will not be earning anything less than ‘what I need’, and so I should stop acting or deciding everything based on this fear.”


Dr. Aishwarya Munde

MBBS, GMC Kolhapur

Prerana Sethiya

NIRMAN is a relief that there exists a community, away from the competitive and materialistic reality, which is complete in itself with the values of cooperative spirit.


Prerana Sethiya

B.E. Mechanical Engineering, MIT Pune   
Project Fellow, NIRMAN

Nikhil Joshi

While doing corporate job, I was frustrated that someone else is dictating how I should be living. I thought I will achieve liberation from this when I start doing what I ‘like’ and not what is ‘popular’. Through NIRMAN, I had tremendous paradigm shift in this thought process. It taught me to think of one step further… What I ‘need’ to do is more important than what I ‘like’. NIRMAN process gave me the conviction that I will not be doing corporate job; and money will not be my primary criterion to seek work. NIRMAN provided conviction for reducing my carbon footprint and encouraged me in doing lifestyle experiments. It also helped me to be empathetic to the people I had never been with before. These people include farmers, laborers etc.


Nikhil Joshi

M.Tech. IIT Kanpur 
  Impact Evaluation, Paani Foundation

Dr. Suraj Patil

In NIRMAN, I became aware of my agency in life. I have started using it and it worked wonders. I cannot be what I am told I am. I am what I am. NIRMAN helped me to relook at the bigger picture and helped me take today’s decision in alignment with the bigger picture.


Dr. Suraj Patil

MBBBS, GSMC Mumbai

Dr. Mrudula Bhoir

I discovered the freedom I have to make my own choices. I will not let material insecurities influence the choices that I’ve made for myself. The most beautiful learning I have had is empowering the people for self-dependence and self-governance.


Dr. Mrudula Bhoir

MBBS, GSMC Mumbai 
Medical Officer, PHC Delanwadi, Gadchiroli

Dr. Komal Bhatt

In NIRMAN, I have lived the way I’ve always aspired to – learning, thinking, and introspecting. This has effectively demonstrated what I hold most dear to me and what is crucial for my happiness. I have stopped self-pitying and have learnt to look at myself objectively. This has been the most liberating feeling ever. I learnt how to combine emotions and logical thinking while looking at social issues.


Dr. Komal Bhatt

MBBS, GMC Kolhapur 
Medical Officer, SEARCH, Gadchiroli

Dr. Rituja Sardesai

Without NIRMAN, I really don’t think I would have ever gotten out of the rat race and would’ve ended up working in a big hospital in a metro believing that I am catering to the needs of the community. I feel convinced enough to talk to my parents about my future plans, talk to anyone and express my opinions regarding social change making. I have learnt the importance of leading a purposeful life, liberating myself from ‘me’.


Dr. Rituja Sardesai

MBBS, MD

Niranjan Toradmal

Latest मोबाईल, कंप्युटर गेम मधला high score, देशाचा आर्थिक विकासदर या गोष्टींमधे समाधान शोधू नये. खुश होण्यासाठी अनेक नैसर्गिक कारणे उपलब्ध आहेत. If acceleration is satisfaction, then frustration is the destination! कुठवर पळणार? गाव, भाषा, प्रदेश, संस्कृति या चष्म्यांचा रंग उतरला. निर्माणमुळे गोष्टी जास्त स्पष्ट दिसू लागल्या. माझं वैयक्तिक करिअर ही अजिबात महत्त्व देण्यासारखी गोष्ट नाही. त्यापेक्षा जगात कितीतरी आव्हानं आहेत, तिकडे हातपाय मारावेत, हे कळलं.


Niranjan Toradmal

B.E. Mechanical Engineering, MIT Pune  
Appropriate Technology Innovator, Proprietor - Mokar

Amruta Pradhan

पर्यावरण हा माझा जिव्हाळ्याचा विषय. आज विकासाच्या नावाखाली निसर्गाची जी काही ओरबड सुरु आहे, त्याची मनापासून चीड येते. त्यासाठी काही तरी करायचं असं डोक्यात होतं. निर्माणमध्ये गेल्यावर एका मोठ्या प्रश्नाला सामोरं जायला लागलं. “पर्यावरणासाठी काही तरी करायचं म्हणजे काय?” निर्माणच्या शिबिरांमधून आणि फेलोशिपमधून याचं उत्तर मिळवण्याच्या दिशेने प्रवास सुरु झाला


Amruta Pradhan

PhD, Environment  
Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment, Bengaluru

Pratik Wadmare

निर्माणमध्ये ‘मला काय आवडतं यापेक्षा मी कोणाचा आहे? आणि समाजात गरज कशाची आहे?’ या प्रश्नांनी माझ्या विचारांना नवीन दिशा दिली. सोबतच मी करत असलेल्या प्रत्येक गोष्टीला सतत इतरांकडून approval शोधण्याच्या माझ्यातल्या वृतीला थोडसं बाजूला सारून स्वतःतल्या चांगल्या आणि वाईट गोष्टींसह स्वतःला स्विकारण्याचा आणि सुधारण्याचा धीर दिला.


Pratik Wadmare

B.E. Electronics and Telecommunication  
Operations Research Associate, Muktipath

Sajal Kulkarni

निर्माण शिबिराआधी ‘मी’ म्हणजे काय, माझ्या शिक्षणाचा समाजाला काय उपयोग? याच्याबद्दल मी कधी विचार केला नव्हता. निर्माणने मला हा विचार करायला भाग पाडलं. विचार स्पष्ट होत गेले. मीच स्वतःला नव्याने कळायला लागलो.


Sajal Kulkarni

MSc, Cattle Biodiversity Conservationist

Suyash Toshniwal

खरं सामाजिक काम म्हणजे सर्वस्व अर्पण करून, घरादाराचा कुटुंबाचा त्याग करून पूर्ण वेळ निघणे ही माझी संकल्पना होती. निर्माणमुळे ती पूर्णच बदलली. याआधी मी भावनिकतेत निर्णय घेत असे, आता इतर गोष्टींवर पण विचार करायला शिकलो आहे. वैचारिक घोळ कृतीमधूनच मिटू शकतात हे आता कळले आहे.


Suyash Toshniwal

B.Tech. Information Technology 
Software & Social Media Associate, SEARCH Gadchiroli

Satish Girsawale

निर्भयता आणि नम्रता हे दोन मूल्ये अधिक सक्षम झाल्याने कठीण प्रसंगी निर्णय घेण्याची क्षमता वाढली. ‘हिंदुत्ववादी’ विचारसरणीत बदल होऊन ‘मानवतावादी’ बनलो. ‘गरज’ आणि ‘इच्छा’ यातील फरक समजला. माझी risk taking ability प्रचंड वाढली आहे.


Satish Girsawale

B.E. GEC Chandrapur  
Senior Project Associate, NIRMAN

Mayur Sarode

जीवनाचा अर्थ स्वतःहून शोधावा लागतो ही जाणीव झाली. स्वतःला समजून घेण्यासाठी मदत झाली आणि इतरांना समजून घेण्याची माझी वृत्ती वाढली.


Mayur Sarode

M.Tech. IIT Bombay  
Project Officer, Selco India

Hemendra Chaudhari

निर्माणमुळे माझी भविष्याबद्दलची भीती पूर्णच निघून गेली. भविष्य मला बदलण्यापेक्षा मीच भविष्याला बदलू शकतो हा आत्मविश्वास आणि हिंमत आली.


Hemendra Chaudhari

Kar Ke Dekho Fellow, Vayam

Dr. Monitkumar Gabhane

निर्माण प्रक्रियेमुळे मला माझी मुल्ये आणि प्रेरणा समजायला मदत झाली. माझ्या मनात असलेल्या असुरक्षितता व्यवस्थित समजून घेता आल्यात आणि त्यांना कसं सोडवायचं हेदेखील कळालं.


Dr. Monitkumar Gabhane

MBBS, GMC Nagpur

Dr. Shailendra Kharate

मुझमे शक्ति और सम्भावनाएँ थी परन्तु दिशा और मार्गदर्शन की कमी थी| निर्माण ने मेरे जीवन में वही भूमिका अदा की जो हनुमान के जीवन में जांबवंत ने किया| कुछ समय में ही देश में हो रहे बदलावों का केंद्रबिंदु निर्माण होगा!


Dr. Shailendra Kharate

Medical Officer, PHC Savargaon

Dr. Ishita Mishra

NIRMAN taught me that my values should guide my life altering decisions and not a list of pros and cons.


Dr. Ishita Mishra

MBBS, GSMC Mumbai

Dr. Jaweriya Shaik

Being the youngest in my family I was never involved in any decision-making process, so I never thought about any decision in my life. Upon starting my NIRMAN journey, I thought about my plans and decisions and learnt to communicate with my family. This was so new to me. NIRMAN helped develop my confidence.


Dr. Jaweriya Shaik

MBBS, GMC Nagpur

Mangesh Dhenge

बाहेर बरंच काही बघणारा, शोधणारा मी आता स्वतःच्या आतमध्ये बघायला शिकलोय. शक्तिस्थानांचे विकसन आणि मर्यादांचे उच्चाटन करायला शिकलो आहे. आतलं सौंदर्य दिसल्याने आता बाहेर पण सौंदर्य दिसू लागलं आहे.


Mangesh Dhenge

Primary School Teacher

Dr. Romit Challawar

गरज आणि आकांक्षा यांत फरक करता यायला पाहिजे. आकांक्षा कधीच पूर्ण होत नाहीत त्यामुळे त्याचा विचार सोडून गरज काय आहे हे जाणून घेणे अत्यंत महत्वाचे आहे कि ज्यामुळे भावनिक संकटाना सामोरे जाण्याचे बळ मिळते हे शिकलो.


Dr. Romit Challawar

MBBS, GMC Nagpur 
Medical Officer, PHC Konsari

Shreeya Shevade

I am not my thoughts. I learnt to let go of unwanted thoughts. I learned that I am not the most important. There is a world out there and it is more productive and interesting to engage my mind about those things than simply focus on myself.


Shreeya Shevade

B.E. GEC, Aurangabad 
Executive, Calibromeasure Equipment

Dr. Shrinidhi Datar

I understood that action, work, research resides where there is need and not where there are facilities, so I must go where my knowledge is required the most.


Dr. Shrinidhi Datar

MBBS, MGIMS Wardha  
Medical Officer, Shaheed Hospital

Dr. Shrinivas Pampatwar

I got a reason for what I should be working for. I now value my time and existence; I want to make them count.


Dr. Shrinivas Pampatwar

MBBS, LTMMC Sion

Dr. Uttareshwar Tangade

I had been working hard towards borrowed dreams and tags given by others. And I feel guilty that I never thought about what are my wants and what are my actual needs. At NIRMAN I got a better understanding of myself. I am not alone in this counter-culture, the entire NIRMAN community is with me.


Dr. Uttareshwar Tangade

MBBS, GMC Kolhapur

Dr. Vidhi Dave

I was revolving too much around my own growth and my own insecurities. Now I feel the need to look at the bigger picture and society’s needs. I want to turn my empathy into strength for helping people. I realized I need to look at the need of society rather than my feasibility and interest to work on a particular problem.


Dr. Vidhi Dave

Masters in Physiotherapy, Mumbai

Dr. Adesh Thombre

मी निर्माणला येण्याआधी स्वतःला खूप भारी समजायचो. शिबिरामध्ये मला समजलं की माझ्यातला ‘मी’पणा जर काढला तर मी खूप काही शिकू शकतो. मी जर निर्माणमध्ये आलो नसतो तर मला आयुष्याचा खरा मार्ग कधीच सापडला नसता.


Dr. Adesh Thombre

MBBS, GMC Aurangabad

Dr. Cheryl Mankar

NIRMAN gave a direction to my vision as I learned the skills of approaching a problem. Meeting people with similar goals gave me the courage that I am not alone in the journey. I made certain resolutions which I always wanted to make but the inner conviction was missing. NIRMAN gave that conviction.


Dr. Cheryl Mankar

MBBS, MGIMS Wardha

CA Dyaneshwar Arote

In NIRMAN, my self-doubt got converted into confidence. I was stuck in a net of safety and security related issues, but now I got the way to achieve self-actualization and transcendence.


CA Dyaneshwar Arote

Chief Finance Officer, SEARCH

Hrishikesh Deshmukh

I realized the stark difference between my ideological beliefs and my actions. I learned about my fear of commitment which I used to constantly carry. After NIRMAN, it has changed. I now feel motivated to take up social challenges, as in the vast expanse of social problems, even a small change but an eduring change is worth cherishing.


Hrishikesh Deshmukh

M.A. Political Science

Dr. Jay Shah

I realized I am not just a doctor. There are many factors which lead to deterioration of health of the people. How can I turn a blind eye to them? I don’t want to apply a band-aid; I want to produce definitive solutions. My focus should be people’s problems without commodifying them for own personal gains.


Dr. Jay Shah

MBBS, GMC Miraj

Manojna Polisetty

I became much more aware of the existing crisis around me. NIRMAN helped me reassure myself that principles and values lead the world, and not monetary existence.


Manojna Polisetty

Masters in Architecture, Ahemdabad

Dr. Rinka Pal

निर्माणमें आने से पहले मैं ख़ुद एक identity crisis से गुजर रही थी | निर्माण में मुझे मेरी वो identity मिल गयी जिससे मैं ज्यादा रिलेट कर सकती हूँ |


Dr. Rinka Pal

MBBS, GMC Solapur

Dr. Riyal Ransaria

I knew there are problems in our society which need to be solved. But I never had that confidence in me to believe that I can make a difference. NIRMAN gave me that confidence and built my identity as a budding social change maker. I was selfish in everything – my satisfaction, my goals, my interest, my result. But NIRMAN has raised me above that.


Dr. Riyal Ransaria

MBBS, GSMC Mumbai

Dr. Satyam Kalaskar

I really wish there comes a day when there won’t a difference between life in NIRMAN and life outside NIRMAN.


Dr. Satyam Kalaskar

MBBS, GSMC Mumbai

Dr. Sanyukta Shinde

I have never thought about questions beyond my life. Why is social change a responsibility? Why should I do it? What difference will it make anyway? Is there even a need to consider social work? What is the reason for my existence? These were some of the questions I asked myself for the first time in NIRMAN. I realised that self-love should not turn to self-obsession. I live in a society and as I take, I should give.


Dr. Sanyukta Shinde

MBBS, GMC Nagpur

Dr. Sejal Grover

NIRMAN imbibed in me the values of courage and equality. A dream without plan is just a wish. Here I learnt how brain wrecking the process of planning my dream is. It gave me clarity of both thoughts and emotions.


Dr. Sejal Grover

MBBS, LTMMC Sion

Dr. Shweta Singh

Previously I used to think that post-graduation is the thing to secure my life. But now I think my degree doesn’t define my security.


Dr. Shweta Singh

MBBS, GMC Akola

Shubham Raut

निर्माणमध्ये मला सामाजिक प्रश्न प्रभावीपणे कसे सोडवता येतील याची स्पष्टता आली. मी सामाजिक काम करत आहे याचा अहंकार कमी झाला.


Shubham Raut

Chief Minister Rural Development Fellow

Dr. Astha Bijwe

I learnt the importance of values and criteria-based thinking and found the courage to do good in society in a dedicated manner rather than in a convenient and ‘feel good’ way as a random act of kindness. I felt free of the rat race and now I am inspired to bridge the gap between intent and actions.


Dr. Astha Bijwe

MBBS, GMC Yavatmal

Dr. Shatakshi Waghjale

NIRMAN process has made me more conscious of my existence and the world around me. I learnt how to learn. I understood the importance of values in guiding decisions.


Dr. Shatakshi Waghjale

MBBS, GMC Nagpur

Pranjal Koranne

I realized the distinction between having a career and having a life. I also realized that finding a cause to fight for is important. I thought ‘changing the world’ was a romantic and idealistic notion best suited for teenagers. Now I am getting back my ability to dream; now I can say again with conviction that literature can change the world!


Pranjal Koranne

MA, English Studies, IIT Madras
Research Associate, QUEST

Dr. Mauni Nagda

My decision-making skills, thinking abilities, values and conviction have been strengthened by the entire process of NIRMAN. I’ve learnt to see through what is shown to me, ask questions, and raise my voice for a cause. I’ve realized that need to carve my own path. I don’t need to copy others as it is.


Dr. Mauni Nagda

MBBS, MD

Dr. Omkar Kanagi

I would like to see myself more than just a medical professional. Being a doctor should not be my only identity. I understood that my profession and my degree are just a means to an end.


Dr. Omkar Kanagi

MBBS, GSMC Mumbai

Dr. Rahul Bhosale

If I want to survive, society must survive. I have responsibility towards society - to give back what they gave to me.


Dr. Rahul Bhosale

MBBS, GMC Aurangabad

Gulam Sarwar

It is not the medium but the mission which is more important. I should not spend too much time on sorting the medium. I was obsessed with skills before doing any social action, but I realized that work and skills reinforce each other.


Gulam Sarwar

B.Tech. Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay  
Research Fellow, IITB

Dr. Harsh Jogi

I learnt to express pleasant as well as unpleasant feelings. I realized that I must interact more with people and break the barrier of communication.


Dr. Harsh Jogi

GSMC, Mumbai

Dr. Abhijeet Marbade

It is my responsibility to work for community because what I am today is the result of the community which has helped me throughout. With my values, I am not afraid of taking risks and facing problems that come my way.


Dr. Abhijeet Marbade

MBBS, IGGMC Nagpur 
Medical Officer, Rural Hospital, Armori

Dr. Gautam Pawar

I have learnt that social service to the poor does not mean that I am doing them a favour, instead I am doing myself a favour by becoming a more peaceful and righteous person. I know now that I want to live a life of humility and simplicity and I know I want to work to reduce the gap between the rich and the poor.


Dr. Gautam Pawar

MBBS, GSMC Mumbai

Dr. Savithri Devi

My personal goal has become clearer and stronger. NIRMAN has helped me dream freely. Today, I see several methods of contribution, practical and exciting in front of me. I now have excellent mentors and role models that will help me stay motivated. NIRMAN has given me confidence to follow my choice of life style and today I am not worried about peer judgement.


Dr. Savithri Devi

MBBS, MGIMS Wardha