Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Centre aims to create and implement mission-mode projects along with the mission and vision of Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, 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. The Centre stands to take forward the dreams of Dr. Kalam, which he left behind for the nation and world – right upto his very final moment at IIM Shillong.
The Centre has organized three International Youth Conclaves on Creating a Liveable Planet as an annual summit with top thinkers from around the world and young selected delegates who discuss and evolve ideas for a sustainable planet. The Centre also conducted India’s first of its kind award on innovations 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.