Sh. Vijay Kharabanda, the founder of NIVIA was a visionary and patriarch, whose boundless ambition and deep sense of passion led him to establish one of the most successful Indian Sports Brands in history. His life of exemplary hard work, compassion, care and accomplishment was filled with spirit and zest.
Kolkata, not Jalandhar was the center in India where quality footballs were manufactured before NIVIA came into the scene in 1960’s. He established NIVIA and with that the reputation of Jalandhar as the quality football, volleyball and basketball manufacturing base of India.
In 1970’s when women empowerment and equal rights were not even an issue in India, he opened training centers at Kishanpura locality in Jalandhar to train women to stitch balls so that they could supplement their home income. Today, it is estimated that 60% of thousands of craftsmen stitching football are women.