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Formation 2006
Type Not for profit
Purpose Nurturing Youth for Social Change
Headquarters SEARCH, Gadchiroli, Maharashtra.
  • India
Region served
Official language
Marathi, English
Parent organization

NIRMAN is a youth initiative started in 2006 by Dr. Abhay and Rani Bang to identify, nurture and organize young change makers to solve various societal challenges. It is an educational process to train the youth to take up crucial issues and problems in society. NIRMAN provides guidance, expertise and environment to inculcate self learning and encourages youth for social action.[1] [2]

Dr Abhay and Dr Rani Bang, through their NGO SEARCH, are striving since over two decades for improving the public health in rural areas of the country are also involved in social crusades like anti-addiction, fight against evil practices. To prepare youth in these endeavours they launched NIRMAN as a training program for youth. Young boys and girls across Maharashtra, including Pune, Mumbai, Nanded, Nashik, Kolhapur, Ahmednagar, Parbhani, Solapur, Jalgaon, Akola, Amravati, Nagpur and Gadchiroli take part in this program. [3] Inspired by the 'Nai Talim' system of education started by Mahatma Gandhi, NIRMAN was set up to provide training in leadership to youth from all over the state.[4] NIRMAN is providing a common platform for youth to engage, self-educate and decide on how they can make a difference to the society.[5]

Nirmanites at SEARCH

Vision and Philosophy[edit]

NIRMAN aims to help youngsters find meaning to their lives, to bridge the gap between various social, scientific and technological challenges around and to unleash the tremendous potential of the youth. NIRMAN believes that self-actualisation of its participants cannot take place in isolation or in the narrow confinements of a secure lifestyle. It attempts to bring the youth face to face with the reality of life, enabling them to identify, analyse and solve societal problems. It is a continuously evolving process of problem-based experiential learning and identification of self through it. [6] The long-term goal is to cultivate and sustain a large community of youth leaders who will work for social change. [7]

Discussions during the camps of Nirman

Selection Process[edit]

The participants aspiring to join NIRMAN have to fill up an introspective questionnaire, which includes questions regarding their values, goals in life, personality characteristics, decisions, interaction with social realities, etc. Based on the applications, the participants are screened for personal interviews. The NIRMAN team carries out the selection process once every year and conducts interviews across Maharashtra, by visiting selected participants at their local places. [6]

NIRMAN Educational Process[edit]

NIRMAN brings together a group of youth aged between 18-28 years who are looking to give meaning to their lives, and systematically cultivates their social leadership. Each batch of around 75 selected youth goes through a series of three residential camps that are organized once every six months. Each camp is for about 8-10 days, conducted at Shodhgram, Gadchiroli, and the series continues for a year. Participants belong to different regional, economic and academic backgrounds including medical, engineering, law, arts, commerce, science, teaching, journalism etc. Along with the camps, study visits, educative sessions, reading assignments, internships, fellowships, individual mentoring, group actions, campaigns and other activities are carried out. They help sensitise the youth towards societal challenges through exposure and experience. The participants are nurtured to think rationally on social issues and the program offers a continuous and personalized process of self-learning. [6] One of the unique aspects of NIRMAN is that participants are at various stages of self realization. It builds a cohort of youngsters who grow together, share similar ideals and educate themselves for the betterment of society. [5]

SEARCH, Shodgram, The camp place of Nirman

Documentary Films[edit]

There are 4 documentary films made on NIRMAN. One of the films has been made by Jaiprad Desai, grandson of Vasant Desai.[8]

  1. NIRMAN - Towards a Meaningful Life - Jayprad Desai
  2. NIRMAN - Youth for Purposeful Life - Adithya Narayanan
  3. NIRMAN - Youth in Search of Meaningful Life beyond just earning money - Sumit Sute
  4. NIRMAN - An Initiative to Create Social Changemakers - Digvijay Thorat


Around 30 leading social organisations, thinkers, activists, professionals are supporting NIRMAN. Together, this group constitutes the wider NIRMAN Samudaay. Amrut Bang is the project coordinator of NIRMAN. [6] He was invited by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports of the Government of India to New Delhi in March 2015 to take part in a workshop for designing a national youth leadership development program. [9] Since December 2014, NIRMAN has also developed a focused collaboration with the Tata Center for Technology and Design at IIT, Bombay to sensitize and nurture their students' perspective for social problem solving. [10] [11]

People associated with NIRMAN

  1. Abhay and Rani Bang[12]
  2. Vivek Sawant[12]
  3. Anil Awachat[12]
  4. Arun Deshpande[12]
  5. Kumar Ketkar[12]
  6. Ramesh Panse[12]
  7. Vijay Javndhiya[12]


  1. ^ (4 March 2013) 2 young women doctors who chose to serve in villages Sakal Times
  2. ^ (Wednesday, 11 August 2010) राज्य सरकारकडून लोकभावनेचा अनादर eSakal, Editorial, Accessed on "1 April 2012"
  3. ^ Times News Network, (27 June 2011). Bang couple's Nirman camp begins at Shodhgram, Times of India, NAGPUR. Accessed on "28 Feb 2012".
  4. ^ Times News Network (22 July 2010) Leadership camp by Nirman in August Nagpur, Times Of India. Accessed on "1 April 2012"
  5. ^ a b Abhishek Choudhari, TNN 22 Jul 2012, Nagpur Edition, Times of India Where youth's discussions veer to country-building (Accessed on 23 July 2012)
  6. ^ a b c d Sakal Times (13 May 2012) Shaping young minds to be changemakers (Accessed on 30 December 2015)
  7. ^ Times of India (22 July 2014) Search initiative helps youths work for change (Accessed on 30 December 2015)
  8. ^ २६ मे २०११ Esakal eSakal हमारी मुठ्ठी में आकाश सारा,,,(जयप्रद देसाई) दीपा देशमुख, युथ ट्यूब, सकाळ. Accessed on "1 April 2012"
  9. ^ Press Information Bureau (27 March 2015) Government plans to launch (Accessed on 30 December 2015)
  10. ^ Mitti Fragrance of the Nation Learnings from Shodhgram and Village Stay (Accessed on 30 December 2015)
  11. ^ Lokmat Oxygen (25 December 2014) Najar ani Najariya Donhi Badaltat Tenva (Accessed on 30 December 2015)
  12. ^ a b c d e f g 6 Feb 2010 उत्तर महाराष्ट्रातही रुजताहेत 'निर्माण'ची बीजं घरकूल तन्वी देशपांडे, मैत्रीण-Maharashtra Times. Accessed on "1 April 2012"