The journey started with a small group, Indians The activity hub, in the year 2003 among three close friends and adventure lovers, Sandeep Shirgaonkar, Ninad Karnik and Abhishek Bondre . The activities then were limited to organizing camps for children, who were also given a whiff of military training.The group was joined and further strengthened by Sonal Karnik, a student then, and presently a CA.
The group over time got developed into Prabhav in 2008, owing to the steadfast vision of Sandeep Shirgaonkar. The group started activities with training students of Sharda Nilayam School in Mulund on military subjects. And since then, there has been no looking back! The future since has unfolded miracles in an unbelievable fashion.
The Core Team
(Retd Major Subhash Gavand)
Founder Chairman having served with the eighth Mahar Regiment of the Indian Army, known as the Param Vir Chakra Regiment, Major Subhash Gavand retired in the year 1983 after 22 years of service in the forces. Since then he has been actively involved in training young boys and girls to encourage them to join Indian armed forces. He is the pioneer of the concept of part time military training in India.
With the help of his guidance, over 5000 cadets have got enrolled with the Indian Armed Forces till date. He has been the guiding light and strong motivation behind Prabhav. All the Military Training activities are conducted under his expert supervision.
(Mr. Sandeep Shirgaonkar)
Director Sandeep Shirgaonkar, Ex-NCC and the Director of Prabhav looks after the entire gamut of operations for the organization. Having successfully completed A certificate in Adventure and Allied Sports from DIMAS, Himachal Pradesh, he has been the soul of Prabhav Defence Motivation Centre, the organization’s defence training wing and ensures that his vision is fulfilled. He has been instrumental in bringing together like minded and equally able faculties to train kids at the Prabhav Defence Motivation Centre.
At present, he acts as the Chief Instructor at Smt. Sulochanadevi Singhania School’s Sulonia Mlitary Academy and as the Activity Director of Peoples’ Education Society’s Dronacharya Sports Academy in Thane while helming Prabhav.
(Mrs. Vrushali Shirgaonkar)
Executive Director Vrushali Shirgaonkar (Gokhale) heads the tours and camps division of Prabhav. She looks after the safety and service aspect of each outing that she undertakes.
Her eye for detail and keen attention to the comfort of the participants is rare to be found, in every educational tours, adventure camps and school events that group conducts.
The field training for Prabhav Defence Motivation Centre and Prabhav’s adventure activities and camping is handled by senior instructors - Shreeganesh Sawant, Krupa Patil, Sagar Salvi, Laxman Balotia, Veerendrapratap Verma and Suhas Kamble in the most efficient manner.
Devendra Thanekar, 'A' certificate holder of "Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, Uttarkashi’s Basic and Advanced Course", heads the outdoor and camping division of Prabhav.