His Excellency Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, the Former President of India and a world-renowned Space Scientist, was keen on encouraging the students in India to take active interest in the emerging Technologies, including Space Tech, as these significantly impact our daily lives. For India to continue to make impressive strides and leadership role in Space Technology, the youth of India must get interested, and deeply involved in Space Technology, Cube Satellites, Micro-gravity Research, etc. This nationwide competition is to encourage and stimulate that enthusiasm in Space Technology and operational Cube Satellites among the youth of India, as envisioned by Dr. Abdul Kalam.
'Abdul Kalam Vision India Movement', Chennai, TN, India (AKVIM)
'Aeolus Aero Tech Pvt. Ltd,' Bengaluru, India (AAT)
Retired Scientists, from ISRO and Space Tech Experts - India, collaborating with AAT
International 'We Serve' Foundation, Inc., Lexington, KY, USA (IWSF)
Objectives A Nationwide Quest To Select AK-EDUSAT TEAM
To encourage students in India pursue a career in Space Technology
To identify through a national contest, TEN (10) Student-teams in India (ii) to be guided and mentored by reputed Space Technology Experts (iii) to design, develop, validate an operational Cube Satellite 'AK-EDU-SAT-001'. Once completed and is proven to be fully operational, suitable for deployment, the Promoters shall recognize the teams appropriately for their historic participation. This contest shall provide an interactive, high-tempo, dynamic opportunity for students in high schools and colleges in India to participate in a nation-wide competition.
To launch a CubeSat to enhance education and Knowledge Connectivity (subject to several external factors described below)
The Promoters provide their services and expertise totally free. They seek sufficient funds to cover the financial needs of the entire project, (including, but not limited to) (i) the actual cost of hardware & software (ii) validation (iii) recognize the participating teams (iv) fees for licensing / approvals (v) liability other insurance (vi) ground station set up (vii) global relay network (viii) plan, arrange and successfully launch the 'AK-EDU-SAT-001', (ix) receiving stations all over India, (x) install, operate and maintain the entire system for a minimum of five years, etc.
To network all digital learning facilities in India
(i) Seek the approval from respective Regional / National / International authorities, and regulatory bodies, to launch the 'AK-EDU-SAT-001' (ii) Arrange successful Cube-Sat launch (iii) establish V-Sat connectivity with Smart Classrooms, Digital Libraries, Dynamic Knowledge Centers, Rural & Urban Women Empowerment Centers, Rural & Urban Youth Skills Development Centers, Adult Education Centers, Rural, Urban & Mobile Tele-Medicine connectivity, etc.
Birsa Agricultural University, Ranchiwere privileged to have Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Hon’ble Former President of India at their 5th Convocation on 19th May, 2015 last year. It was the last convocation that he addressed.
Although former President APJ.Abdul Kalam is no more, he will continue to inspire all. On the occasion of his birthday on 15th October, Birsa Agricultural University, Ranchi released his convocation address on its website and YouTube channel.
Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, the 11th President of India, has been the visionaryicon of inspiration and motivation for the 64 crores youth of the Nation. He is the only teacher who met, interacted, answered the questions and administered the oath to 2.5 crore students in the world. He widely seeded the belief in the young minds that the country is poised to emerge into next phase as a Developed Nation Dignified with Beautiful Minds, and created a well thought-out far-sighted plan providing directions for the nation to make progress towards the Developed India. The timely necessity to catalyze the efforts in this journey towards realizing the developed India created and shaped Abdul Kalam Vision India Movement.
In an effort to provide recognition, encouragement and motivation to those service organizations/ individuals contributing to create the Developed India, the few weeks’ old Abdul Kalam Vision India Movement has made its maiden step by coming up with National awards in the First phase of his missions on (i) Tree Plantation (ii) Revival of Water Bodies (iii) Green and Clean Campus/Village/City (iv) Safe and Clean Drinking Water and (v) De-addiction. Dr. Kalam visualized that there is a critical need of such contributions in the root cause of several problems to realize the developed nation.
The newly instituted Abdul Kalam Seva Ratna Award - 2015 has itsfocus on “Sustainable Natural Resources and improved quality of Life”. The awardees are selected by the eminent Jury Panel headed by Shri. T.S. Krishnamurthy, Ex Chief Election Commissioner which includes Hon’ble Judges, Ex IAS, IPS, IFS Officers, Former Vice Chancellors, Industrialists, Doctors, Eminent Social Reformers across the nation.
1.The Abdul Kalam Vision India movement has received a few lakhs of individuals or organizations contributions towards societal transformation and development by way of registered entries in the official website www.abdulkalam.com and www.abdulkalamvisionindia.org.
2.This year we have opened the registration for the award from 22 Sept 2015 till 31 Oct 2015.
3.As per the registrations, the societal transformation and development work done in different categories and the people who have participated in this mission which are verified are given below:
a.Tree Plantation and Growing Mission: 34 Organisations registered Planted 1.75 crore trees by 7.08 lakh people as registered.
b.Reviving water bodies Mission: 230 water bodies were revived by 7 organisations, around 350 km area were covered in this mission.800 rain water harvesting structures were created and improved the ground water level to 20 feet to 60 feet from 200 to 600 feet depth earlier. Storage of 300 million liters of water and recharged around 1500 wells.
c.Providing Safe drinking water Mission: 6 Organisations and Village Panchayats have registered and 425 members worked in this mission and provided around 6 lakh liters per month in a village.
d.Creating Clean and Green Campus, Village and City Mission: Registered participants are from Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Tamilnadu, Sikkim, Karnataka, Tripura, Meghalaya and Maharashtra. Number of villages and cities covered are to make clean and green villages: 19 apartment campuses, village panchayats and municipal corporations. Number of households targeted are around 1.2 lakh.
e.De-addiction Mission: Registered organisations who are working in this mission are 10, number of people working to revive the addicted people are 3980, created awareness among 2.52 lakhs people and recovered around 21,515 people.
4.After several rounds of discussions we the members of the steering committee decided that Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be the apt personality to launch first edition of the Abdul Kalam SevaRatna Awards and present the awards. Dr Kalam and HH the Dalai Lama have been closely associated and shared a common ideology of peace and prosperity of the society.
5.HH the Dalai Lama readily agreed to our invitation and the APJ Abdul Kalam Vision India Movement is proud to announce that His Holiness the Dalai Lama will present the Abdul Kalam SevaRatna Awards at the Music Academy at 1.30 pm to 3.30 PM on November 9, 2015.
6.Top performing organization in each of the above five categories will be bestowed with Abdul Kalam SevaRatna Award, - a Golden Medal with a cash prize of Rs. 1 Lakh, 10 gm Gold Coin, Citation
8.To encourage and expand the societal service, Abdul Kalam Vision India movement instituted two more awards:
a.Abdul Kalam Seva Award for Best Performance – 2 awards in 5 categories
Certificates of appreciation are given to next two top performing entities Organizations or individuals in each category with – Silver Medal, cash prize of Rs 10,000, Silver Coin, Citation and Certificate.
b.Abdul Kalam Seva Certificate of Appreciation – 2 Certificates in 5 categories and other category called “Community Service”
This certificate will carry a Silver Pin and Certificate of Appreciation.
9.The other registered participants who have started the work or done considerable work in these 5 categories or on community service will get Certificate of Participation by Post.
10.The invited Guest of Honour for this functions are the following:
a.Hon’ble Justice Mr. C. Nagappan, Supreme Court of India
b.Shri T.S. Krishnamurthy, Ex Chief Election Commissioner
c.Shri. D.R. Karthikeyan, Former Special Director CBI and Former Director National Human Rights Commission
d.Shri. V. Ponraj, Scientific Advisor to (Late) Dr APJ Abdul Kalam
e.Dr. NazeemaBagum, Daughter of Haji Shri. APJ Mohammad MuthuMeeraMaraikayar – brother of Dr Kalam
11.There will be a cultural programme and musical performance on “Think Kalam” from 12.15 pm to 1.15 pm. Light music will be performed from 1.15 to 1.30 pm. The awards programme starts exactly by 1.30 pm.
12.Invitations are being sent to newspaper and media organisations individually. Due to security reasons, we request you to be present at the venue on or before 12 noon sharp. Refreshments will be provided to all. Late entry will not be permitted by security personnel to enter the venue.
13.Since there is limited parking space on the Music Academy premises, it is requested that media persons may please get dropped at the venue and park the vehicles at St. Hebbas School located diagonally opposite to the venue. Vehicle passes is being issued to journalists and the invitees for parking.
14.Entry is strictly by invitation. However, a few rows will be reserved for the general public and they will be accommodated on a first come first serve basis. The entry will be subjected to security screening and clearance. Those intending to participate in the event are requested to carry a valid photo identity card.
15.HH the Dalai Lama is guarded by a high level of security protocol and press/media persons are requested not to make any attempt to reach him for interviews. In case HH the Dalai Lama likes to meet journalists, the venue and time will be intimated well in advance.
16.Speech copies, if any, and profile of awardees will be made available by the movement after the event.
17.Abdul Kalam SevaRatna Awards will be an annual event and the APJ Abdul Kalam Vision India Movement's objective is to encourage individuals and organisations to actively take part in tree planting, revival of water bodies, de-addiction programmes, provide safe drinking water and create clean and green villages, cities and campuses. These initiatives intended to make the nation self-sufficient and sustainable on various fronts were part of Dr Abdul Kalam's vision to transform India into a developed nation.
18.Kalam Vision Carrier for Water Mission – will be launched
Our country is unique that it is blessed by huge number of rivers, some of them are rich with water for the whole of the year. Connecting these rivers will not only provide the fundamental livelihood need of water, but also other economic transport advantages. Extensive research was conducted by Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam and Mr. V. Ponraj, in association with Prof. AC. Kamaraj in evolving Smart waterways Grid for the nation, particularly for Tamilnadu and Bihar resulting in in an appropriate stage-wise manner to harness the flood water potential of 1500 BCM annually. For a country of our size with high population and high density, connecting rivers will be a fundamental need of the hour. Centering on this theme, the Abdul Kalam Vision India Movement will initiate activities to achieve bringing awareness among the people. The need of the hour is the revive water bodies by desilting its channels, building check dams, creating water harvesting structures, channelizing the rivers fronts, connecting rivers and creating smart waterways grid in each state. In this mission, His Holiness Dalai Lama will flag off and launch the “Kalam Vision Carrier for Water Mission”, which will tour the entire state initially at the function.
19.This is only a humble beginning. We hope to organize more such events with the sole objective of taking forward the missions of Dr Abdul Kalam. Dr Abdul Kalam was one of the most admired, loved and followed leaders in the history of India.
20.Dr Abdul Kalam is relevant to the future is as much as he was relevant in history.
21.The duty to preserve and propagate the legend of Dr Kalam vests with every Indian. Let us all strive to achieve the collective responsibility of realizing the vision of Dr Kalam to develop India into a peaceful, prosperous and developed nation.
22.The legend of Dr Abdul Kalam will continue to guide the people, particularly the youth, for generations to come.
23.May I request you to give wide coverage to the noble cause.
We are aware that Dr. Kalam was always very keen to educate our students and youth to rebuild our Nation. Since these awards are conferred to such services for building the nation, it is very important that our students be encouraged to participate this award function to get inspired and motivated towards the visionary’s dreams and contribute building the developed nation, while develop themselves as leaders of the future.
Abdul Kalam Seva Ratna Awards 2015
Abdul Kalam Vision India Movement
Madras Management Association
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Velammal Group of Educational Institutions, Chennai