Prashant Gade is an Indian entrepreneur, philanthropist, writer, and speaker. He is the founder of Inali Foundation, an NGO that provides prosthetic arms at low cost and free for the poor people.
Prashant Gade was born in 1995 (age 25 years; as of 2020) in Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh. He did his schooling from St. Pius School, Khandwa. When he was in the third year of his graduation, he quit his electronic engineering. Later, he did a six-month FAB training course in Pune. He then pursued a distance course in Robotics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Height (approx.): 5′ 8″
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He named his prosthetic invention after his girlfriend’s name Inali Wahane. During an interview, while talking about his ladylove, he said,
There was a time after I dropped out of college and my FAB course when even my own parents lost faith in me. There were a lot of struggles and obstacles. She supported me all through it.”
After dropping out of college, he did a job in Pune for Rs. 5000 only. While he was pursuing his course from Pune, he got to know about Nicolas Huchet, a Bionico hand-maker who lost his hand in an accident and made himself a bionic arm. Later, he met a seven-year-old girl Shreya who was born without arms, but he found out that prosthetic limbs would cost more than 24 lakhs. He then decided to work something in this field and make prosthetic limbs available at low prices.
Initially, it was difficult for him to organize funds, but his ideas impressed the Technical Secretary of Jaipur Foot Foundation (which works to support disabled people), who soon helped him in designing seven prosthetic hands. In 2016, he started ‘Innovating New Abilities’ (INALI) to make prosthetic limbs at affordable prices. He worked as a research fellow at various organisations including FAB Lab and Enable Foundation. In 2016, a retired professor from the USA contacted him and provided him ten machines to make prosthetics. He named his invention Inali which is one of the most affordable bionic arms for the disabled people. By 2019, he designed more than 700 arms and distributed them for free among the needy people and more than 300 arms have been sold across the country. In an interview, he talked about his foundation, he said,
It’s our mission to travel to the remotest of villages across India and organise free electronic-arms distribution camps every month. We are sustaining Inali via selling prosthetic arms at a nominal cost to those who can afford to buy. But there are so many people out there without the funds or access. We, at Inali, want to help them build their lives.”
Inali Foundation, 2nd Floor, Civil Lines, H-50, Sarvoday Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh – 450001
- He was very close to his grandfather, who died when Prashant was too young. After his grandfather’s last rites, Prashant asked his mother,
Why were grandfather’s clothes been removed and why didn’t he carry anything along?”
His mother’s reply motivated him to do something for the society, his mother said,
When we die we leave everything on earth, we don’t take anything along with us; even the richest people cannot take their money with them.”
- While he was in college, he started Curiosity Lab in which he taught how to make projects which were required while pursuing engineering.
- In an interview, he shared that his parents were not very supportive about his decision to quit engineering, he said,
Many people said that I was stupid to throw off a comfortable life that engineering promised. My parents were also not convinced. They thought this to be too early to work for social change. My father advises me to work on myself first before working for others, and so, enrolled me in another computer science course. But I was not going to let go. I continued and tried getting funds through various avenues. Although I did not get any at first, my idea impressed the Technical Secretary of Jaipur Foot, who soon gave me a seed grant to design seven such hands.”
- He has appeared as a guest speaker at TEDx NMINS Shirpur and INK talks in 2019 and 2020.
- In 2019, he received The REX Karmaveer Global Fellowship and Karmaveer Chakra award instituted by iCONGO in partnership with the United Nations.
- In 2021, he appeared in the special Karamveer episode of ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati 12.’