Navnirmiti was born in the mass science popularization campaign of the total solar eclipse of 1995. The surplus from the production and sale of low cost, high quality solar filters was the seed fund for registering the NavnirmitiTrust with the objectives of
Promoting scientific approach and rational thinking
Universalization of quality math and science education
Providing viable decent employment, especially to women
Self reliance as a mode of existence
Promoting the values of the Indian constitution
The trust adopted the motto of “Quality for Equality”. In subsequent years the team at NN has innovated several learning tools and toys such as Jodo 3 d polyhedral kit,, the mathemat, the Experimath kit,navrang puzzle, multiplay daytime astronomy kit, magic mirror, ball and mirror solar projector, sundual, geosynchron, nano solar system, etc. Navnirmiti’s products have earned a reputation for being both highly effective and affordable. They are in use all over India and also abroad.
Their universalization programmes in primary math at a mass level have yielded significant results and are now being implemented in many schools, both private and government. Universal Active math- a comprehensive programme for achieving math universalization – has been the outcome of this field experience, incorporating the suggestions of hundreds of teachers. Navnirmiti’s master resource persons have held workshops in all the states of India, and also in South Africa and Turkey attended by more than 20,000 teachers.
Experience with conducting community learning centres over several years has led to the development of materials and kit for comprehensive early childhood education. Every summer NN has been conducting highly popular multiple ‘Caravaan’ summer camps for children from the local community who attend the municipal schools, in which the children develop their innate creative talents for art, theatre, science, math and sport.
Navnirmiti has been an active participant in all the mass science campaigns organized by the All India People’s Science Network in the past two decades including the Total solar Eclipse 1999, IYA 2009, Transit of Venus 2004 and 2012, and ‘All Eyes on Ison’ campaign in 2013. It has developed in practice a comprehensive programme of daytime astronomy containing dozens of ‘wow’ experiments which children can perform with self constructed equipment.
A full scale production unit at Mumbai, outlets for the dissemination of ‘learning by doing’ materials and choice books, like ‘Discover it’ at Mumbai and ‘Samtesathi Gunvatta’ at Pune have been set up and have achieved viable self sufficiency. NN has facilitated the establishment of the W.W. Sawyer Memorial and the Priti Shankar Library of Popular Math and Science at Pune.
Navnirmiti works in collaboration with like minded organisations in several states for the achievement of its objectives. It is affiliated to the All India People’s Science Network.
In 2012 it was decided to set up autonomous section 25 A non profit companies to conduct the income generating activities of the organization. Accordingly two such companies have been set up – Navnirmiti Eduquality based at Mumbai, and Navnirmiti Learning Foundation based at Pune.