Dr. Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam (1931 – 2015) was the eleventh President of India, from 2002 to 2007. He was a recipient of the Padma Bhushan, the Padma Vibhushan and the nation’s highest civilian award, the Bharat Ratna.


Born in 1931 at Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu, Dr. Kalam studied aeronautical engineering at the Madras Institute of Technology. He played a key role in the development of India’s first satellite launch vehicle, the SLV-3, in building and operationalization of India’s strategic missile and the Pokhran Nuclear Test in 1998.


As an elder statesman, he was in the public eye for his role in offering counsel, reaching out to people and building across religious and social divides. Dr. Kalam’s focus was ever on transforming India into a developed nation by 2020 and to this end he continued to travel across the country for his teaching assignment at IITs and IIMs, to address conferences and to meet students and people from all walks of life.


He passed away at one such lecture he had gone to deliver at IIM Shillong on 27th July 2015. His message and influence continue to resonate with the people across the country and in all walks of life.


About Kalam Centre

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 (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. 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 organized the International Youth Conclave on Livable 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 100 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.
Kalam Centre runs a social media housed network of volunteers across the country – a community of over 4 million followers via its pages –




Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam (1931-2015), 11th President of India is known by many names – People’s President, Missile Man and Space Scientist. But one identity he chose for himself is that of a teacher. In fact, in his very last moment, on 27th July 2015, in IIM Shillong he was performing the role of a teacher – taking a class on the topic “Creating Livable Planet Earth” amidst a class of about 300 young students.


After the successful organization of the 1st edition of the conclave on 26th and 27th July 2016 in Lucknow, India, the next edition is now coming up.


The 2nd edition of International Youth Conclave on Livable Planet Earth (Y-CLiP) is being organized to take forward the legacy of the last lecture of Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. 300 delegates will be selected, all under the age of 35 years from varied disciplines, and each backed by the power of their ideas to create a livable planet earth. Changemakers will be recognized and rewarded across a variety of domains. Y-CLiP will be a horizontal ground for young ideas, young criticism, youth action and leading into a charter for global government to create a livable planet earth.


The 300 delegates shall be identified as Kalam Ambassadors for the second edition of Kalam Livable Planet Earth conclave. The selected Kalam Ambassadors will work post conclave on voluntary basis to promote the missions of Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and other nation and planet building actions.


Creating Livable Planet Earth: The Challenge

In the past century and half, ever since humanity embarked on the industrial revolution the Carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere has increased by over 30%. Intra-state, or civil conflicts have more than doubled since the end of the second World War in 1945. Today the world rapidly is eating into the stocks of fuel, gas, coal, uranium and even water – and even the quality air is a matter of crisis in many of the largest cities in the world.


In 2015, the city of Shanghai and Beijing, a population of over 3.4 crores and 1.4 crores respectively, had to be “shut down” for several days due to over pollution leading into thick smog. The most ancient cities created by humanity in Syria and other Middle East regions are today struck down by continuous conflict. In 2016, a dumpyard in Mumbai, the largest in the world, caught fire whose smoke trail was visible from outer space. And all this while, the gap between the rich and poor is so intense that “Eighty-five people own as much wealth as the poorest half of the global population put together.”


Man-disturbed nature and man-created conflicts are together bringing the planet we call home into peril. Are young of today, and even more the children not even born as yet, inheriting a planet which will remain habitable for humankind?


How to make the planet earth livable is the agenda of the conclave.

Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam in his last lecture on the topic and elsewhere had focused on:

  • Keeping air breathable
  • Water conservation
  • Soil and agriculture
  • Sustainable products and services
  • Rural development and social enterprise
  • A safer and happier world for women and children
  • State of human conflicts and terrorism
  • Role of media in building a better world
  • Spiritual bridge connecting humanity


All these nine pillars shall be the cornerstones of the 2017 conclave which will have a special focus on the path of entrepreneurship for a livable, happy and sustainable earth. It will be a continuation of the class, which Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam left behind him, as a challenge and as an opportunity. The students of this class will be selected on merit and action. Each of these sections will be handled by eminent speakers, panels and workshops in an exciting and yet thoughtful two days classes – corresponding exactly to the last Lecture of Dr. Kalam which was supposed to be conducted a couple of years back.


Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Memorial Awards

Along with the conclave, we will also be conferring the Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Memorial Awards 2017 for Creating Livable Planet Earth. These will be awarded to people and institutions who are proponent of sustainable growth, conflict resolution, removal of societal bias and environment protection.


Children And Youth Environmental Impact Human Dignity and Empowerment
2016: Shri. Kailash Satyarthi 2016: Mrs. Dia Mirza 2016: Mr. Anshu Gupta
Education Peace and Conflict-Free World Healthcare
2016: Dr. S.B. Mujummdar 2016: Naib Subedar Sanjay Kumar
Subedar Yogendra Singh Yadav
2016: Mr. Arunachalam Muruganatham

Each category may have two winners – one as lifetime achievement (Senior) and other as a promising under 40 years in the domain. The selection of the awardees will be done by a panel constituted only for this purpose.

Previous Awardees:

Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Memorial

International Youth Conclave


The 2017 conclave will also feature a special edition on Impact Enterprise, where sustainable startup ideas, with social impact and well defined business model will be evaluated for possible funding. The winning entries can get upto INR 1 Million each from renowned international investors, Govin Holdings.


The call for entry will be done via the conclave website and after a preliminary evaluation a detailed interview will be conducted by a panel of investors and domain experts. Final selection will be announced at the conclave.


The contest will be open to all Indian citizens between 18 to 30 years of age. The evaluation will be done on the basis of the business model, social impact, sustainability and scale-up potential. The winners will also be mentored by a panel comprising of international and national industry experts.

The goal of the contest is to identify and promote startups, which can make the planet liveable.

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Conclave venue and event flow

The conclave will be organized in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh on 27th July 2017. The audience will be selected via an international essay writing competition on the theme “Creating a Livable Planet Earth through Entrepreneurship and Innovation.”


There will be four plenary sessions/panel discussions conducted by personalities in respective topics drawn from international reputed experts.


The event associated Facebook Page and Twitter Page has a followership of 4 million and we will be livecasting this event to the online audience.
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The event shall also have extensive media outreach.

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Ms. Shaily Shah, Program Manager
Mr. Nikhil Bhateja, Associate Manager
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