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Nagpur First (NF) is group of enthusiastic people who were born, raised, educated or worked in Nagpur, (Maharashtra, India) and hence love Nagpur and are popularly called as Nagpurians. Currently they may or may not live in Nagpur, but would like to help, support and contribute towards Nagpur City’s growth and development.

To be a Catalyst in Nagpur becoming truly an International City by helping, supporting and contributing in various ways.

Mission: By 2010:
  • 3 International Sister City relationships
  • 5 students benefiting out of International Student Exchange programs
  • 20 deserving & needy students in Nagpur supported through scholarships
  • Annual Marathon, a well established activity
  • Starting food processing units based on Oranges
  • Starting industrial units based on Cotton
  • Starting industrial units based on locally available minerals like Coal etc.
Ways and Means:
The basic idea of Nagpur First is to help, support and contribute towards Nagpur City’s growth and development – towards this goal any and all legal, ethical and moral ways and means will be employed. Some of the ways and means already being worked upon are:
  1. Sister City programs with International Cities
    We are in discussions with 3 leading cities in the US for establishing a Sister-City relationship with Nagpur.
  2. Locally oriented Globally focused Agricultural and Industrial Development
    1. Support and Develop clusters of food processing units based on Oranges
    2. Support and Develop cotton utilizing industries; like cotton ginning, textile making, garment making and such industry
    3. Help and support Coal and other minerals of Vidarbha based industries
    4. Help and Support in businesses to internationalize traditional Weaving Cottage Industry of Nagpur and surrounding area.
  3. Establishing New Technology based International businesses in Nagpur
    1. IT companies, in International Technology Park being developed by Ascendas of Singapore at MIHAN SEZ.
    2. KPO and BPO units in IT Park
    3. Hospitals, as part of Health City at MIHAN
    4. CROs (Contract and Clinical Research Organizations) in Health City
  4. Alliances with International Chambers of Commerce and Industry
  5. International Student/Teacher Exchange programs from identified Nagpur Schools.
    Teachers benefit enormously from an international exchange experience. Going abroad and meeting with their professional counterparts, teachers could return to Nagpur with an international perspective to share with their students, innovative teaching techniques, and a renewed sense of purpose. We are in discussions with leading Schools & School Districts in the USA. The response has been very welcoming. In fact many of the graduating new teachers in the US have evinced a deep interest in getting exposure to the school system in India.
  6. Real Estate Investments / Developments
    Nagpur First, USA is a go-to-market facilitator for NRIs in the USA who want to invest in real estate projects in Nagpur. We are in contact with leading Real estate developers in Nagpur.
  7. Social Networking
    Some of the chapters that are already active include
    1. Chicagoland Chapter
    2. Silicon Valley Chapter
    3. Philadelphia - NJ Chapter
    4. Dubai Chapter
  8. Scholarship programs
    A few of our members have been managing a Trust in Nagpur that supports economically weak students who are bright in some form of art or crafts.
  9. Funding charities
    A faciliatator that could fund established specialized programs & institutions in Nagpur. Some examples could be Andh Vidyalaya (Shraddhanand Peth), Deaf and Dumb school (Shankar Nagar)
  10. Sporting Events:
    We are in discussions to host the 1st Nagpur International Marathon on Sunday, December 30th, 2007
  11. International Adoptions from Nagpur Orphanages
  12. Forums
    1. Facilitate set-up of lectures by visiting Prominent Nagpurians.
    2. Conduct Webinars/Chats – Global thought leaders to provide interactive sessions with Nagpur School and College students.
  13. Cultural events
    1. Promote International artist performances in Nagpur
Prominent Nagpurians
Emerging Nagpurians
If we have missed any Prominent Nagpurian, Please do let us know.