Founder and Managing Trustee - Ms. Nilam Patel
Nilam Patel joined Nirmala Niketan in 1959 after finishing school. She completed two years diploma course in home science and one year diploma course in teaching. She then joined Society for the Children in Need of Special Care and completed teachers’ training course for mentally challenged children. After a gap of 14 years, when she was married and had young children to take care of, in 1978, she joined Education Audiology Research Center and completed teachers’ training course for the hearing impaired. Since then she has been involved in rehabilitation of the hearing impaired. While working with hearing impaired babies and their mothers, she continued her studies and obtained the degree in MA (Sociology) in 1981. While she was engaged professionally, she was equally involved in rendering her free services for the community, through camps, workshops, seminars and so on.
In 1986, she was sponsored by British Commonwealth Foundation to attend First Asian Pacific Conference on Deafness in Hong Kong. She presented a research paper on ‘Language and Speech Acquisition in Hearing Impaired Children as a result of Early Intervention’.
Again after a gap of 10 years in 1990 she was awarded full scholarship by Rotary International to study in USA for one year. She completed her studies at Central Institute for the Deaf in St. Louise Missouri, and received a degree ‘MS in Speech & Hearing’ in 1991. On her return to India, she continued working with the hearing impaired children and their mothers. On her 50th birthday, 2nd November 1993, she founded Nilam Patel Bahushrut Foundation, to give a thrust to her belief in inclusive education. In her endeavor to serve the community and manage the foundation in a professional manner, she took up a two year diploma course in NGO management at Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies in Mumbai in 2005. Equipped with MPE certificate in 2006, she is all set to serve this population through the foundation.
Trustee - Ms. Kalpana Samtani
Born, brought up and educated in Gibraltar, Kalpana completed ‘A’ level and ‘O’ level examinations in England. She also passed stage I and II examinations from Institute of Banker. U.K. Marriage to a businessman brought her to Mumbai, India. A daughter was born to her. It was only at the age of 2 yrs. when she did not start talking as normal children do that investigations revealed her hearing impairment. Immediately she was fitted with appropriate hearing aids and enrolled for early intervention program with a speech and hearing specialist. She was also enrolled in a regular play group and there was no looking back. Throughout she studied in regular school and today she is pursuing higher studies in commerce stream. Few years later a son was born. He too suffers from hearing impairment but is doing well in a regular school. Both the children were never admitted to special schools. As a mother, Klapana has done everything in her power, to provide all the support needed by both the children, to cope with the challenges inclusive education brings about.
Trustee - Ms. Madhu Jagasia
Originally hailing for Delhi, a graduate, holding a degree BA with honors, form Delhi University; she made Mumbai her home after her marriage. Married to a businessman, she remained a housewife. When they discovered that their first child, a son, was profoundly deaf since birth, they were devastated. After thorough investigation and counseling, the boy was fitted with hearing aids and enrolled in a speech and hearing center for early intervention. Within few years he was mainstreamed in to a regular school. After completing school he was admitted to a regular college and finally he graduated with a B.Com degree. Today he is helping with the business. Married and having two children, he is living a full life. As a mother of a hearing impaired boy, Madhu has played a very crucial role in this success story.
Trustee - Ms. Smita Patel
Smita Patel has lived in several cities in India during her childhood as her father worked in a bank and was transferred from time to time. But Vadodara always remained her home. Her father’s family has been living here since years. She graduated with B.Com degree from M. S. University. Vadodara. Immediately she took up a job in the bank. She also has cleared CAIIB – Part I. Being married to a businessman in Vadodara, she continues to live here. Though working full time in the bank and taking care of home and family, she always wanted to do something for the society but did not know what. When Nilam Patel shifted to Vadodara in 2006 and offered her trusteeship of Bahushrut Foundation, she readily agreed. She is very keen to learn the management of the trust and at present helps in every possible way.