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NIRMAN Executive Team

NIRMAN Executive Team

Amrut Bang

Program Director

Amrut Bang is the Program Director of the NIRMAN Youth Initiative since 2008 and Joint Director of the NGO SEARCH which is NIRMAN’s parent organization.

Prior to NIRMAN, he worked in the software industry in Symantec Corporation after he received his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from Pune University. He also holds an M.S. in Non-Profit Management from University of Pennsylvania in the USA where he received the prestigious Richard J. Estes Global Citizenship Award for demonstrated commitment to social impact.

Through NIRMAN, Amrut is trying to contribute to the flourishing of youth in India, help them identify a purpose for their lives and nurture their social commitments. In addition to being a mentor & guide for thousands of youth, Amrut’s strategic leadership & creativity has helped NIRMAN grow both deep and wide. Simultaneously he is involved in the organizational management and governance of SEARCH to help the organization provide healthcare to the tribal and rural people in Gadchiroli district and engage in impactful public health research.

Besides his role in NIRMAN & SEARCH, Amrut is an RTI activist and has managed to bring a change in the state government’s policy to ensure availability of doctors in Maharashtra’s public health system.

He is a Member of the National Education Policy (NEP) Implementation Steering Committee of the Government of Maharashtra. He was an invitee member of the brainstorming group by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports of the Government of India to plan national level youth development initiatives.

Amrut is a recipient of various awards and scholarships including Social Wealth Creator Award, Zee Yuva Sanman Puraskar, etc. His writings have been published in numerous platforms including IDR, The Wire, Down To Earth, Indian Express, Times of India, Loksatta, Lokmat, Maharashtra Times, Sakal, Saptahik Sadhana, etc.

Amrut is a self-learner and hardly attended school till 10th standard. He has a wide range of interests including reading, sports, music, movies and nature. On Sunday mornings he loves to play cricket or swim, work in his backyard garden, and read while sipping cups of tea. He is married to Dr. Aarti Bang who is a psychiatrist and leads the mental health program in SEARCH. They have a son named Arjun.

Gajanan Burde

Project Coordinator
Administration, Finance & Data Management

Gajanan Burde comes from Gunjepar village in Lakhandur tahsil of Bhandara district and is trained as an electrical engineer. Before joining the NIRMAN team he was a visiting lecturer at Government Polytechnic, Gondia. He joined NIRMAN in 2017. He primarily looks after the administrative and finance functions and it is thanks to his skills that the NIRMAN workshops and other events are organized smoothly. His calm and soothing presence creates a comforting atmosphere for the participants. He loves meeting and interacting with new people and building connections which makes him very approachable. Gajanan has a deeply reflective and spiritual side to personality as well which sometimes becomes visible through his pithy observations & comments during the NIRMAN workshops.

Gajanan is a skilled athlete and his ‘catches’ during cricket matches are a stuff of legends in the NIRMAN team. Apart from being a sportsman, Gajanan also loves to cook, dance, watch movies and he is among the few people who begin their routine at 5.30 am when the rest of the world is enjoying sleep. He is married to Dr. Harsha Nannaware and they have a daughter named Shloka.

Aditi Pidurkar

Project Coordinator
Outreach, Content Development & Facilitation

Aditi received her degree in Electrical Engineering from Nagpur University and was among the toppers at the college and University level during all four years. Her technical expertise acquired a job in Hitachi, a multinational technology company, before she joined NIRMAN. She felt that her skills and creativity were better utilized to help those in need instead of being used to increase the profits of a giant corporation. Her interest in education led her to join NIRMAN in 2018 where she gets to work with budding social change makers and contribute to their human development.

As a member of the NIRMAN Team Aditi looks after variety of roles including project management, college connect, outreach and communication, anchoring the selection process, coordinating internships, building and supervising educational content development, etc. She loves studying the science of youth development and positive psychology and applying it in her work in NIRMAN as a youth facilitator. NIRMAN workshops become a deeper and engaging experience because of her ability to form strong emotional bonds with the participants. Aditi is passionate about how to help the youth of India flourish and be socially responsible, and she is building her abilities in behavioral sciences and NVC to apply towards the same. Her efforts to make educative videos developed by NIRMAN available to a larger audience have ensured more than 1 crore views for the NIRMAN YouTube channel.

Aditi’s sense of responsibility and time management ensures that NIRMAN team’s work plans are executed as planned and things don’t fall through the cracks. She is not only hardworking and sincere but also a very creative and artistic person. She loves to read, dance, paint and sketch in her free time.

Jui Jamsandekar

Project Coordinator
Youth Purpose & Flourishing

Jui Jamsandekar is originally from Kolhapur and holds degrees in computer engineering and clinical psychology. Before joining NIRMAN team in 2018, she worked in the software industry. During that time, she pursued her dream of studying psychology, with a particular interest in the 18-28 age group and volunteered for a suicide prevention hotline. After joining NIRMAN, Jui is using her training and abilities to nurture youth on a path of flourishing and finding purpose. She is involved in the selection process, college connect, the follow-up with alumni and developing flourishing interactions with the participants in the NIRMAN process. Her study of positive psychology and emerging adulthood gives a crucial foundation to NIRMAN and to her work in qualitative analysis of the participants’ growth and development.

Jui manages to find the delicate balance between empathy and objectivity which is seen in her unique ability to provide compassionate critiques. She loves to paint and read in her free time. She lives with her husband Dr. Saurabh Sonawane in Madhya Pradesh and they have a son named Shaarvil.

Prathamesh Dhadse

Project Coordinator
Krutee NIRMAN & Data Analytics

Born & brought up in Mumbai, Prathamesh is the typical ‘Mumbaicha Mulga’. After completing his MBA in Finance, he went on to work in the corporate sector. A feeling of emptiness there & his longing for purpose in life finally brought him to NIRMAN in 2020.

His role in NIRMAN spans across various aspects of project management including data analytics and assessment, organizing Krutee NIRMAN – shorter youth development modules, networking with colleges and faculty, content development consisting of covering journeys of Nirmaanites, developing learning material, analysing available data to inculcate a better understanding of today’s youth & assisting in developing new interventions to reach a larger audience. Being a workaholic, he relates himself with the work ethos of NIRMAN team to work tirelessly to help youth in identifying their purpose. Prathamesh’s quick learnability, cognitive and articulation abilities, socio-political awareness and a keen grasp of numbers and MS Excel are very helpful in his various roles.

Delighted even by the name of Vada Pav, Prathamesh loves talking about cricket, movies, the crowded local trains & street food of Mumbai. His soft-spoken demeanor and a unique sense of humour make him ever – approachable amongst his colleagues & fellow Nirmaanites.

Dr. Aarti Bang

Consultant Psychiatrist

A psychiatrist by training and romantic by nature, Aarti Bang’s contagious energy, warmth and keen sense of judgement embraces you instantly. She is from Nashik and her journey as a disillusioned medical graduate to the head of the mental health program at SEARCH is indeed an unexpected turn of events. After completing her MBBS at BJ Medical College in Pune, Aarti found conventional medicine to be quite monotonous and was disheartened by the questionable clinical practices she witnessed.

However, as a medical officer in the rural hospitals of Harsul (Nashik) and Dhanora tahsil in Gadchiroli, Aarti found her interest gravitated towards psychiatry, a field she’d never considered in her realm of career possibilities. Propelled by the thrill to understand the human mind and behaviour led her to complete her post-graduation in psychiatry from Bhavnagar Medical College. She is most fascinated by the subtle yet crucial influences of culture and society on mental health.

Uniquely placed as the lead of the mental health department at SEARCH and as a member of the NIRMAN team, Aarti’s coveted insight into the mental health struggles and emotional growth of youth enriches the dynamic of our team. She is particularly passionate about facilitating the emotional growth of youth by encouraging them to introspect and make conscious choices for the betterment of society. Observing Aarti weave her magic during counselling sessions attests to the marvel that Aarti and psychiatry found each other.

Addressing mental health in Gadchiroli has given her the conviction to think beyond the mainstream model of mental disorders and which led her to plan and execute the first mental health survey in Gadchiroli’s tribal population, whose findings she presented at the World Congress of Psychiatry in Vienna, Austria. With the goal to make psychiatry more and more accessible to the general public, Aarti is currently pursuing a part-time MPH from Johns Hopkins University with a full scholarship. On a light day at the clinic Aarti loves to bake, read, watch movies, exercise and enjoys her sleep.

Vaibhav Bawane

Project Fellow
Networking, Social Media & Alumni Follow-up

A native of Gadchiroli itself, Vaibhav is alumnus of the reputed Jawahar Navoday Vidyalaya. Having completed his B.Sc. from the Government Science College in Gadchiroli, Vaibhav also led the NSS Unit of his college. Right from his student days, he has been proactively involved in various social initiatives. While in his final year of BSc, he came as a participant in the first Krutee NIRMAN workshop in March 2022 and then joined the NIRMAN team immediately after completing his graduation.

An enthusiastic and empathetic individual, Vaibhav bears the unique ability of quickly striking a bond with the participants in NIRMAN workshops. As a part of the NIRMAN team he focuses on building the network of local youth in Gadchiroli, content creation and following up with participants of NIRMAN workshops. Having a knack for photography, Vaibhav also contributes by capturing various beautiful moments, be it during the workshops or elsewhere on the campus of SEARCH.

Considering helping youth struggling with the feeling of emptiness in their lives as his mission, Vaibhav has his own line to say – ‘There’s more to life than just earning money’!

NIRMAN Volunteer Contributors:

A group of over 20 NIRMAN Alumni and other Senior Practitioners from varied backgrounds regularly volunteer/contribute to different aspects of the NIRMAN program including outreach, selection process, content development, networking, strategy, impact assessment, resource mobilization and mentoring. We are thankful for their inputs and sustained support!