Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Centre for Livable Planet Earth and Sustainable Development was formed as a tribute to Dr. Kalam after his sudden demise on 27th July 2015. The Centre aims to promote innovations, especially in governance and social enterprises, to improve youth participation in national and international development and improve access to education and knowledge in all strata of society. It 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.
Kalam Centre runs over 450 free libraries in rural and economically deprived urban locations across fifteen states in the nation – catering to the reading needs of children and youth from low-income areas. The Centre has engaged over 500 auxiliary teachers in Telangana to fill the knowledge gaps in government schools, children observation centres and madrasas.
The Centre has organized five editions of the International Youth Conclave on Creating a Livable Planet with top thinkers from around the world and young selected delegates who discuss and evolve ideas for a sustainable planet. The Centre has also successfully conducted three editions of India’s first of its kind award on innovations in governance space – under the banner of Dr. Kalam Innovation in Governance Awards or KIGA.