Born on 15th October 1931 at Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu, Dr.Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam specialized in Aeronautical Engineering from Madras Institute of Technology. Dr. Kalam made significant contribution as Project Director to develop India’s first indigenous Satellite Launch Vehicle (SLV-III) which successfully injected the Rohini satellite in the near earth orbit in July 1980 and made India an exclusive member of Space Club.
He was responsible for the evolution of ISRO's launch vehicle programme, particularly the PSLV configuration. After working for two decades in ISRO and mastering launch vehicle technologies, Dr. Kalam took up the responsibility of developing Indigenous Guided Missiles at Defence Research and Development Organization as the Chief Executive of Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP). He was responsible for the development and operationalisation of AGNI and PRITHVI Missiles and for building indigenous capability in critical technologies through networking of multiple institutions. He was the Scientific Adviser to Defence Minister and Secretary, Department of Defence Research & Development from July 1992 to December 1999. During this period he led to the weaponisation of strategic missile systems and the Pokhran-II nuclear tests in collaboration with Department of Atomic Energy, which made India a nuclear weapon State. He also gave thrust to self-reliance in defence systems by progressing multiple development tasks and mission projects such as Light Combat Aircraft.
As Chairman of Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC) and as an eminent scientist, he led the country with the help of 500 experts to arrive at Technology Vision 2020 giving a road map for transforming India from the present developing status to a developed nation. Dr. Kalam has served as the Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India, in the rank of Cabinet Minister, from November 1999 to November 2001 and was responsible for evolving policies, strategies and missions for many development applications. Dr. Kalam was also the Chairman, Ex-officio, of the Scientific Advisory Committee to the Cabinet (SAC-C) and piloted India Millennium Mission 2020.
Dr. Kalam took up academic pursuit as Professor, Technology & Societal Transformation at Anna University, Chennai from November 2001 and was involved in teaching and research tasks. Above all he took up a mission to ignite the young minds for national development by meeting high school students across the country.
In his literary pursuit Dr. Kalam authored a number of books, such as "Wings of Fire", "India 2020 - A Vision for the New Millennium", "My journey" and "Ignited Minds - Unleashing the power within India", “Indomitable Spirit”, “Guiding Soul”, “Envisioning an Empowered Nation”, “Inspiring Thoughts”, “Children Ask Kalam”, “You are born to blossom”, “Family and the Nation”, “Life Tree” and “The Luminous Sparks” a collection of his poems. Many of them have become household names in India and among the Indian nationals abroad. These books have been translated into many Indian and foreign languages.
Dr. Kalam is one of the most distinguished scientists of India with the unique honour of receiving honorary doctorates from 36 universities and institutions from India and abroad. He has been awarded with the coveted civilian awards - Padma Bhushan (1981) and Padma Vibhushan (1990) and the highest civilian award Bharat Ratna (1997). He is a recipient of several awards and Fellow of many professional institutions.
The Royal Society, UK has awarded Dr Kalam with the “King Charles-II Medal” for Science and Technology in October 2007. He received the Woodrow Wilson Award in 2008. The Royal Academy of Engineering, London conferred on him the International Medal 2008 in June 2009 at London. The Hoover Board of Awards presented him the Hoover Medal 2008 at New York in April 2009. The Aerospace Historical Society in Collaboration with the Graduate Aerospace Laboratories (GALCIT) at the California Institute of Technology awarded him the “2009 International Von Karman Wings Award” in September 2009.
Dr. Kalam became the 11th President of India on 25th July 2002. After five eventful years he demitted office on 25th July 2007. His focus is on transforming India into a developed nation by 2020.
APJ Abdul Kalam Foundation is a non-profit organisation based in Rameswram, India, established in 2015
A not-for-profit initiative aimed at fulfilling the Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Vision 2020 Developed India
APJ Abdul Kalam Foundation supports programs in the areas of education, Science and Technology with students , rural development, healthcare . Its mission is to work in remote regions of several states in India.
APJ Abdul Kalam Foundation takes pride in working with all sections of society, students, Corporate companies, Schools, etc.,
APJ Abdul Kalam Foundaiton closely works with DRDO and ISRO ,CII both are very close to Dr Kalam.
Last 3 years APJ Abdul Kalam Foundation is done various progams lead by President of India, Vice-President of India, Priminister Of India, Former President of India.
Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam International Foundation (AKIF) was launched on 11th October 2015 in his loving memory by House of Kalam. The foundation would work to fulfill the dreams and progress the ideas of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.
The Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam International Foundation (AKIF) was founded by his elder brother and family with support from the colleagues of Dr. Abdul Kalam. During his last part of his
life, he was contemplating with his peers and family members to set up an organization where his vision would become a reality. Death snatched away this opportunity from him. But his family and colleagues decided to work tirelessly towards fulfilling his wishes and hence the AKIF was born.
Any developing country would dream to work towards the goal of attaining the “Developed Country” title. Dr.APJ.Abdul Kalam dream of a mission that visualized our country to be in the league of developed nations. He formulated a road map to attain that vision. He wanted the development in the rural sector; effectively close the gap with the urban. Every citizen should have access to the basic resources required for their sustenance. Exploring renewable energy, uplifment through education; health care for all and corruption free governance are few of the missions that have to be worked upon. We, as a nation, have almost reached the deadline and the path towards the goal might look like a difficult terrain to walk through. But, if every citizen is instilled with the zeal to achieve these goals with honesty, no force can stop us from achieving the ultimate.
AKIF successfully celebrated his 86th birthday with 86 events and activities towards Vision 2020 across schools and colleges in New Delhi, Chennai and Rameswaram, with the main event being held at New Delhi.
The 2nd year remembrance day was marked by the grand inauguration of Dr. Abdul Kalam memorial by the honourable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi at Peikarumbu at Rameswaram. The Prime Minister also flagged off the Sandesh Vahini bus and it completed its journey in New Delhi. As per the wishes of our countrymen and giving utmost significance to their sentiments, the memorial is a befitting tribute to the eminent statesman. The numbers of visitors are a testimony to this fact. Till date, 40 lakh visitors have made their presence felt at the memorial. Truly, a record of sorts! No function of his is complete without events in schools and colleges. The day too, marked the successful completion of 126 events in educational institutions.
We would like to recall, that his 3rd year Remembrance Day function held at Rameswaram was a grand success. It turned out to be a full on dedicated show for the student community; true to the spirit of our People's President. 6000 students from 30 schools and colleges in Ramnad district participated in various events and with that600 students have been honored & awarded. The day also saw the inauguration of "Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam Centre for Igniting Minds" in many schools. The Centre is an ode to the late President's enthusiasm in shaping young minds and to develop scientific temperament.
Another ambitious initiative, the “Green Rameswaram Project”, a joint venture with Vivekananda Kendra aims to transform Rameswaram. It was well appreciated, wherein the participation of all stakeholders including the government machinery, the citizens and the corporate houses has been mobilized. The significance of this project was well acknowledged by Dr. Abdul Kalam and he made his presence felt at the inauguration in 2014. Our Prime Minister Narendra Modi was all praises for the initiative in his inaugural address. The project is the need of the hour as Rameswaram is both a pilgrim and a tourist spot. Hence it is absolutely necessary to have access to water facilities, waste management and beautification of the place. Renewable energy has to be explored for a clean environment. One of the prized possessions of Rameswaram is the marine biodiversity. We want to preserve the Marine life which is as significant as the people of Rameswaram to have a healthy life in a clean environment.
Apart From this Every year our Beloved People President Dr.APJ.Abdul Kalam Remembrance day & Birth Anniversary Function will be conducted by Dr.APJ.Abdul Kalam international Foundation by House of kalam Rameswram .Dr.APJ.Abdul Kalam
The foundation would work on the following areas.
In the first year AKIF would consider programs from the above mentioned areas
There are many eminent people across the globe who were inspired by Dr. Kalam but only few got to work with him closely. Those who worked with Dr. Kalam shared a unique knowledge bond which AKIF would honour and appreciate in this journey. We will explore partnership with Central Government, State Government, Like minded NGOs and corporates and donors.