PILLARS OF KALAM CENTRE
TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION
Technology and innovation are at the core of what we emphasize upon every day at Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Centre. We believe innovation begins with purpose, which drives us into everyday lives so as to gather insights to syndicate ‘What’s needed’ and ‘How best to fulfill the requirements’.
We believe that technology can better connect people and enable them with digital literacy skills. This technology can transform a society into a knowledge-based economy and hence impact its growth movement. We leverage our expertise through knowledge sharing working on initiatives, which are exemplary for a greater sustainability.
In collaboration with Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Technical University, Uttar Pradesh and Startup Accelerator India (SAI), we have set up a 10,000 sq.ft. startup space called Kalam-Centre for Innovation and Incubation of Startups (K-CIIS). This is the largest startup space in northern India for promoting innovation in entrepreneurship.
HEALTH, HYGIENE AND SANITATION
We consider access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene is critical for the survival and well being of community. Our work involves creating awareness and behavior change amongst the youth and adults in regards to hand wash, female hygiene and open defection.
We research and work in developing frameworks to support and build better governing institutions at the ground level. We believe institutions that are open, inclusive, and accountable are most capable and efficient.
We promote child-friendly learning environment through community based school engagement structures and creation of Kalam Libraries for free access to books and facilities for youth. Ranging from academics to life skills, some of our programs include international collaborations such as the one with University of Edinburgh. Through a quiz series with the name of ‘Young Kalam Ki Khoj’ we aim to inculcate scientific temper among students and to give them the experience of global Astrobiology.
Kalam Centre has also initiated a nation-wide campaign called Dreamathon, which is to benefit about a million children by giving them mentorship and platform to voice their opinion through artwork and creative writing.
We also host the Kalam Children Impact Awards to recognize the outstanding efforts of local unsung heroes who are contributing passionately towards the development of young children and youth.
We believe Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam’s idea that ‘Dreams are not what you see when you’re asleep. Dreams are those that don’t let you sleep’. The youth see powerful dreams for a better and brighter future of the nation in becoming a global economic powerhouse. In order to do so, skill development is necessary.
Some of our programs are designed to equip the youth with skills necessary to improve their efficacy, quality and productivity.
In April 2017, through our program Advantage Bharat, Kalam Centre started a Skill Development Centre in Navsari in collaboration with the District Collectorate of Navasari, Government of Gujarat. This Skill Development Centre integrates all such government bodies to avail options of different schemes and then choose the best possible option to proceed with income generation.