Mr. Nandkishore Nemade is the Managing Partner of Nikhil Comforts. Mr. Nemade pursued his B. Tech. in Chemical Engineering from IIT Bombay in 1982. He completed his postgraduate diploma in Industrial Engineering from the National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE) in 1984.
Mr. Nemade started his career as a marketing executive at NELCO Ltd. Within three months, the order bookings at NELCO Ltd. exceeded the plant capacity and he was entrusted with increasing its capacity. After his 23-month stint at NELCO, he left to launch Microcircuits, with an investment of Rs. 15,000. Microcircuits specialised in the electroplating of Nickel and Gold on PCBs, where he achieved a sales turnover of Rs.1.86 lakhs during the first year. In about five years, the revenue had increased to Rs. 20 lakhs per annum.
In 1991, Mr. Nemade started Nikhil Comforts as a dealer of Carrier India Ltd., to sell, install and service air conditioners. At Nikhil Comforts, he earned many awards including those for the highest sales and service revenue across categories consistently for many years.
For a brief period of three years, Mr. Nemade taught HVAC to the final-year students of architecture at Raheja Institute, Bandra, as a guest faculty. Along with his business, he also worked as a consultant for many reputed corporates and MNCs from 1996 to 2003.
In 2008, Mr. Nemade shifted his focus and established Nikhil Comforts as a brand and developed solutions in the field of air conditioning. Also, he undertook the execution of MEP projects alongside HVAC projects.
Mr. Nemade was the Chief guest during the 14th Convocation ceremony of the MBA Batch of 2017, Sinhgad Institute of Business Management, Mumbai. The IIIE Board of Examination nominated him as a member of the Board of Examination for the Year 2021. He is a member of the Board of Studies in Mechanical Engineering of Pillai College of Engineering, Navi Mumbai, and the Willis Carrier Club. Mr. Nemade is a recipient of multiple awards for highest sales and service revenue at the zonal and national level for many years.
Mr. Nemade was an integral part of the hostel 5 enhancement project. Speaking of his contribution he said, “I consider my contribution very minuscule. The time I spent with fellow IITians is invaluable. The experience of being a part of a project (especially with the air conditioning, ventilation, electrical, and networking systems) that would provide study rooms and new toilets to residents of Hostel 5 inmates brought back a lot of nostalgic memories. I am sure that this project will be a harbinger of many more in the coming years to improve the facilities for students. I will be extremely glad to share my experience with MEP systems for such projects.”
He also recalls some of the lessons he learned and the many experiences at the Institute. “During my fourth year of B. Tech., there was an agitation and of the mess workers was hit by a rival agitating camp for leaking information to the management. I and Sunil Sherlekar took him to Rajawadi hospital for treatment. The mess worker who provoked the attack was suspended and I lodged an FIR and interacted with Institute advocate Mr. Karve. During our second year, due to student agitation, the Institute was closed for a few days. It was a turbulent period. I agreed with the stand taken by our director, the late Prof. A. K. Dey, that the prime focus should be on academics and should not be disrupted by these agitations. Many of us along with Bakul Desai, SRS Rao, and others campaigned to dissuade students from joining the agitation. We firmly believed that such agitations could damage their and the Institute’s reputation. Both these incidents boosted my confidence significantly in dealing with adverse and turbulent situations and are firmly etched in my memory.”
His hobbies include having philosophical and spiritual discussions with friends and family and he is passionate about both.