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Dr Neelima Desai was honoured with the Excellence Award by Autism Connect & Neuro Gen, Mumbai, in 2018 for Outstanding contribution in Special Education. She received the award from the Minister for Social Justice, Hon Shri Rajkumar Badole.

Vishwa Jagriti Mission Trust gave " Punyadham Award 2015 " to Dr. Neelima Desai for her valuable contribution in the social work. The award ceremony was took part at the Convention Hall of Punya Dham Ashram on the International Women’s Day on 8th March 2015 . This award was given from the hands of Mataji.



On December 26, 2015, Dr. Neelima Desai, Founder President and MD of Navkshitij, was honoured by the Sakal Social Foundation and Gurunanak Foundation with an award for her contribution towards social service.

Mr. Santosh Munde, our special educator, was conferred the Best Teacher’s Award by the Rotary Club of Gandhi Bhavan. Dr. Neelima Desai received the Pune Abhiman Award from the Rotaract Club of Pune Sports City for her contribution to society.



Honored with the Vocational Excellence Recognition Award (VERA) by the Rotary Club of Pune Horizon for excellence in rehabilitation of mentally challenged persons. Dr. Neelima Desai received the Women Achiever’s Award from JSPM Group of Institutes, Pune, on International Women’s Day. Dr. Neelima Desai was felicitated by the HRDW section of IIMS, Hinjewadi, Pune.

Dr. Neelima Desai was felicitated by Shiv Pratap Pratishthan, Pune, for her commitment to teaching / training mentally challenged persons, on the occasion of Teacher’s Day.



Navkshitij was one of 25 non-governmental organizations selected for a cash award by Suryakant Pawar Foundation. Vocational Excellence Recognition Award (VERA) presented by the Rotary Club of Pune Riverside for excellence in the field of rehabilitation of mentally challenged persons.

Dr Neelima Desai was felicitated by Ms Mukta Tilak, the Mayor of Pune, on behalf of the Pune Municipal Corporation, on the occasion of Independence Day 2018. She was earlier felicitated by Ms. Rajlaxmi Bhosale, the Mayor of Pune, in 2008.



Navkshitij is gaining recognition from many quarters. In the last fifteen years, we have received twenty-five awards. The most significant to date is the Excellence Award bestowed by Autism Connect Neuro Gen, Mumbai, in 2018, for outstanding contribution in the field of Special Education. The award was received at the hands of the Hon Minister for Social Justice, Mr Rajkumar Badole.


List of Awards since 2004

Recognition and awards



Sr. No. Name of Award Bestowed by Year In recognition of... Unique activities Started
1 Enduro 3 Endurance Adventure Race NECC-NEF Enduro3, Pune 2004 Eldest participant to complete the Enduro 3 Endurance Adventure Race Organised Pune – Lonavala walkathon for 27 special friends above 12 years of age 64 km I 3and ½ days - 2003 Jungle treks, Seashore treks, Monsoon treks, Jal Dindi, Moonlight walks on full moon days and treks in the Himalayan region, monthly treks - 2004
2 Samaj Gaurav Award Lion’s Club West, Pune 2006 Relentless services in the field of rehabilitation of mentally challenged Navkshitij Adventure Club started in 2006 exclusively for MCF (above 12 years of age) from all schools for special children in Maharashtra. High altitude treks in Himalaya started - 2006
3 Adarsh Mata Puraskar Ninad Foundation, Pune 2006 Special recognition for relentless services in the field of rehabilitation of mentally challenged 1. Holiday Home for MCF, where parents of other MCF can leave their ward for a short time started from 2007. 2. Traffic awareness program - Working with the traffic police to instil Traffic Discipline (a monthly event) started from 2007.
4 Felicitation Pune City District Congress Committee 2008 Unique and innovative contribution to society Annual Natya Mahotsav started from 2008 (Drama competition) for all the schools for MCF in Pune.
5 Felicitation Birla Cements’ Annual Dealers Meet 2008 Relentless services in the field of rehabilitation of mentally challenged Annual inter school Parvati climbing competition started from 2009.
6 Cash Award for Navkshitij Suryakant Pawar Foundation, Pune 2010 Unique contribution to society Street paly and walkathon started – 2010 Visit and stay in residential homes in England to understand their work culture.
7 Cash Award for Navkshitij Pune Sanskruti Pratishthan 2010 Innovative contribution to society Innovative contribution to society
8 VERA Award Rotary Club of Poona Riverside 2010 Vocational Excellence Recognition Award We started involving our resident special friends in performing regular daily chores at Navkshitij
9 Felicitation Shivpratap Pratishthan, Pune 2011 Commitment to teaching/training Setu – Initiative to visit other organization working in the same field started in 2011.
10 Felicitation Lions Club International 2011 Innovative contribution towards rehabilitation of mentally challenged Annual Sibling conference started from 2011.
11 Women Achiever’s Award JSPM Group of Institutes, Pune 2012 Innovative contribution to society Special friend’s evening snacks in Hotel started
12 Felicitation HRDW section of IIMS, Hinjawadi, Pune 2012 Unique and innovative contribution to society Exchange Program between Navkshitij and other NGOs working in the field of rehabilitation of MCF started from 2012.
13 VERA Award Rotary Club of Pune Horizon 2012 Vocational Excellence Recognition Award Monthly Newsletter Voice of Navkshitij Started
14 Pune Bhushan Award Rotaract Club of Pune 2013 Significant contribution to a social cause Caregiver course started in 2013.
15 Swami Vivekanand Gaurav Puraskar Sai Pratishthan 2013 Significant contribution to a social cause Care giver award started in Shrimati Jayashri vasant Dikshit and Dr.Vasant Vishavnath Dikshit 2013
16 VERA Award Rotary Club of Pune Central 2014 Vocational Excellence Recognition Award Second residential unit started - 2014
17 Lokmat Sakhi Award Lokmat 2014 Dedicated service and transparent running of an NGO Clean Village Campaign since 2014.
18 Punyadham Award 2015 Vishwa Jagriti Mission Trust 2015 Virtuous contribution to the city of Pune Early intervention and special school started 2015
19 Sakal Social Foundation and Gurunanak Foundation Award 2015 Sakal Social Foundation and Gurunanak Foundation 2015 Unique and innovative contribution to society Work on Operation Manual started
20 Felicitation Bhagini Divedita Pratishthan, Pune 2016 Significant contribution to a social cause Day workshop for Autistic friends started 2016
21 Felicitation on the occasion of International Women's Day Terapanthi 2017 Significant contribution to a social cause Annual meeting with trustees of other residential homes for mentally challenged friends 2017 Day outing for Day School and Autism unit started 2017 Core group meeting of parents and sibling started 2017 Special friend from each home appointed as a Caregiver assistant - 2017 Operation Manual – English edition published
22 Felicitation on the occasion of Independence Day by Pune Mayor Pune Municipal Corporation 2018 Significant contribution to a social cause in Pune city Sports Day for special friends and staff members started
23 Felicitation Surydatta Institutes, 2018 Significant contribution to a social cause (rehabilitation of mentally challenged) Navkshitij book publication penned by Dr. Neelima Desai - 2018
24 Excellence Award Autism Connect & Neuro Gen, Mumbai by hands of social justice minister Badole 2018 Outstanding contribution in Special Education Operation Manual – Marathi edition published
25 Felicitation and Award Akhil Bharatiya Brahman Samaj 2019 Significant contribution to a social cause (rehabilitation of mentally challenged) Standard Operation Process completed