About Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Centre for Creating Livable Planet Earth and Sustainable Development is India’s
leading NGO that aims to create and implement mission-‐mode projects along with the mission and
vision of Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam (1931-‐2015), the 11th President of India. It aims to promote
innovations, especially in governance and social enterprises, improve youth participation in national
and international development and improve access to education and knowledge in all strata of the
society. Kalam Centre is headquartered in New Delhi and has offices across Lucknow,
Vishakhapatnam, Mumbai, Bhopal, Bangalore, Singapore and Sweden.
Some number of prominent personalities associated with Kalam Centre in different roles include: Dr.
Vinay Pathak (Vice Chancellor, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University as a Mentor), Ms. Shaina NC
(Renowned designer, politician and entrepreneur as an Advisor), Mr. P Unnikrishnan (Founder, DT
News #1 newspaper in the Gulf nations as an Advisor), Mr. Piyush Aggarwal (MD of Prabhat
Prakashan as an Advisor), Mr. Ummukt Chand (Cricketer as an Advisor to Kalam Library Project), Dr.
Kailash Satyrathi (Nobel Laureate), Dr. S.B. Majumdar (Founder of Symbiosis Group), Shri Sanjay
Kumar and Shri Yoginder Yadav (Param Veer Chakra Awardees), Mr. Mahesh Gupta (Founder, Kent),
Mr. Anand Kumar (Founder, Super 30), Mr. K Srinivas (Joint Secretary, Department of Personnel
Training & Training, Government of Delhi), Mr. Jayant Krishna (COO, NSDC) as the recipients of the Dr.
Kalam Memorial Award for Livable Planet Earth and Innovation in Governance and several other
personalities from multiple domains.
The Centre has organized two International Youth Conclaves on Livable Planet as annual Summit and
Awards. The Centre has also conducted India’s first of its kind award on Innovation in Governance
space – under the banner of Dr. Kalam Innovation in Governance Awards or KIGA.
The Centre runs over 80 free libraries in rural and economically deprived urban locations across six
states in the nation – catering to the reading needs of children and youth from low-‐income areas. It
initiated the Dreamathon campaign to benefit about a million children by giving them mentorship and
platform to voice their opinion.
The Centre has also set up a state of art incubation center called Kalam-‐Centre for Innovation and
Incubation of Startups (K-‐CIIS). This is a 10,000 square feet facility set up at Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
Technical University in Lucknow to encourage and nurture students from over 650 affiliated colleges
of the university to create a culture of entrepreneurship and startups.
Kalam Centre runs a social media housed network of volunteers across the country – a community of
over 4 million followers via its pages –