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.
This year we have opened the registration for the award from 22 Sept 2015 till 31 Oct 2015.
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:
Tree Plantation and Growing Mission: 34 Organisations registered, Planted 1.75 crore trees by 7.08 lakh people as registered.
In this category the Seva Ratna Award Winner for 2015 is Mr.G.Mullaivanam, Tree Bank, Chennai, Tamilnadu. They have successfully planted 98 lakhs of trees all over India, in which 70% are grown up. Tree Bank won "Green Kalam Award" From Hon.Late. Dr.A.P.J Abdul Kalam in the year 2011
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.
In this category the Seva Ratna Award Winner for 2015 is Mrs.Vanitha Mohan, Siruthuli, Coimbatore, Tamilnadu. They have successfully built more than 400 rain water harvesting structures and Watershed management programme at Madhvarayapuram.
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.
In this category the Seva Ratna Award Winner for 2015 is Mr.C.Srinivasan, Indian Green Service, New Delhi.He has implementing SLRM concept in more than 10 states in India, particularly kurudampalayam patchayat, Tamilnadu
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.
In this category the Seva Ratna Award Winner for 2015 is Mr.Govindarajan, Athipatti Panchayat, Aruppukottai.15000 liter water purified per day and supplied to Athipatti Panchayat people every day.
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.
In this category the Seva Ratna Award Winner for 2015 is Dr.C.Ramasubramanian., M.D., D.P.M., Ph.D., Founder Chellmuthu Trust & Research Foundation Madurai.Through addiction awareness program more than 2 laks people has benefitted for the past 20 years. More than 16,500 people recovered and got their life's through the De-addiction services from chellamuthu trust.
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 and Certificate
Although he is no longer physically among us, Dr Abdul Kalam's spirit lives on in our admiration of him. We should all work to keep it alive. I offer my greetings and good wishes to all those who have just received awards. I remember, when I received the Nobel Peace Prize, I said I accepted it as recognition of the small contribution I may have made. But I realized that it meant I would have to keep up my defence of peace and dialogue. I request all of you too, ‘Don’t slacken your efforts, try harder to fulfil people’s hopes. Keep up the good work.’
“I first visited Chennai, Madras as it then was, in 1956 when I came to India for the celebrations of the 2500th anniversary of the Buddha, so this famous city is familiar to me. I came again in 1959 or 1960 when I remember Rajagopalachari welcomed me. This time I notice what a lot of heavy physical construction is going on. We see this happen all over the world, and yet it is at least as important that people also experience joy and peace of mind. You may have a big house, but if it is full of stress and tension, you won’t be happy living there. Physical comfort by itself doesn’t bring us peace.
"This country has gathered a deep awareness of the function of our emotions and how our minds work. Understanding of how to tackle our destructive emotions gave rise to the concept of ahimsa and the tolerance that has allowed India to be the only country where all the world’s major religions live together in harmony. I know this occasionally breaks down, but that’s because there are mischievous people who make trouble in any society.
"In general, India presents an example to the world that different religious traditions, despite their different views, can live together in mutual respect. I often tell my Indian friends that you have an opportunity to combine the ancient understanding of the workings of the mind and emotions with contemporary scientific knowledge and development."
His Holiness recalled that Dr Abdul Kalam was a spiritually minded man, whose background was Muslim. When he visited his residence recently a photograph reminded him of an occasion when the former President had been reading Shantideva’s ‘Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life’. He expressed a great fondness for a couple of verses and asked His Holiness to sign those pages. The verses read:
Like the earth and other great elements, And like space itself, may I remain forever,To support the lives of boundless beings,By providing all that they might need.
Just so, in all the realms of beings,As far as space itself pervades,May I be a source of all that life requires,Until beings pass beyond samsara’s pain.
is Holiness remarked that he often draws a distinction between the generation of the 20th century, to which he belongs, and whose time is gone, and the generation of the 21st century. He half-jokingly said:
“Those of us of the 20th century have created a whole host of problems, including damage to the environment, that has left a lot of work for those of you who belong to the 21st century to clear up. However, I believe that if we make an effort now, by the end of this century, but within your lifetimes, we could create a more peaceful, harmonious, compassionate world.
“We are all physically, mentally and emotionally the same. We all have the same desire to live a happy life. However, strong self-centredness drives us to see others in terms of ‘us’ and ‘them’, which leads to divisions that can even spill over into violence. The environment is telling us we live in one world. Technology is making that world smaller. Even the global economy is showing us how interdependent we are. We all belong to one human family. Secondary differences of faith, race or status are not important in the broader context that we all have the same right to achieve a happy life. As social animals we all depend on one another.
“Nowadays, many scientists are recognising the importance of our inner world. They are interested to know how we can set about reducing our destructive emotions and increase those emotions that are positive. Evidence is being found that our basic human nature is compassionate. This is a basis for hope; it lends confidence to the idea that we can build a happier world. So my advice for young people today is to think about these things, not to relax, not to give up and not to just rest content with things the way they are. We can surmount our problems and build a better world. Thank you.”
His Holiness the Dalai Lama Address at the Abdul Kalam Seva Ratna Awards 2015 organized by Abdul Kalam Vision India Movement The Music Academy Chennai 9 Nov 2015
We will work for realizing the Vision of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam
His Holiness the Dalai Lama, ladies, gentlemen and children. It is a privilege and pleasure to address this august gathering. The
first edition of the Adbul Kalam Seva Ratna Awards 2015 is being
launched and presented today by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. There
cannot be a more apt personality than His Holiness to present these
prestigious awards and we want to profusely thank him for making this
possible. His Holiness was kind enough to immediately respond and agree
to grace this occasion amidst his busy schedules across the world
following a simple email request from me. This shows the love and
affection His Holiness has for Dr Abdul Kalam. His Holiness and Dr Kalam
have shared a common ideology of peace and prosperity of the society
and both of them addressed Delhi Dialogue for this purpose. On many
occasions when both the leaders met, I had the opportunity to listen to
their dialogue. I want to profusely thank your holiness for graciously
accepting my invitation.
The Abdul Kalam Seva Ratna Awards instituted by the APJ Abdul Kalam Vision India movement is an eye-opener in many ways. Soon after the awards were announced, a few lakhs individuals and organisations sent in their nominations. I never knew that so many people are silently engaged in the noble mission of tree planting, de-addiction programmes, providing safe drinking water, revival of water bodies and developing green villages, cities and campuses.
You will be happy to know that more than 1.5 crore saplings were planted, watered and grown by individuals and organisations in TamilNadu alone in recent years. Hundreds of ponds have been rejuvenated, at least 20,000 chronic alcoholics rescued and rehabilitated, rain-water harvesting structures established in a number of places etc. I understand that these individuals or organisations launched initiatives with no expectation of any reward or recognition.
Many of them told me that they are sending nominations only because the awards were named after India's most admired, loved and respected leader Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. We are so happy to recognise these individuals and organisations. I want to congratulate the awardees. In fact every entrant who sent the nomination is a winner. The awards will not only motivate them to perform even better but also spread the spirit and essence of the good work they did so that others will also be encouraged to do the same. We have chosen the awardees only from the registered entries received online in www.abdulkalam.com and www.visionindia.org before the last date. Ladies and gentlemen. This is a historic occasion. By his gracious presence, His Holiness Dalai the Dalai Lama has taken the profile and stature of the Kalam Seva Ratna Awards to global standards. I am extremely happy and grateful to Your Holiness for gracing this function with your esteemed presence. Your holiness will be glad to know that Abdul Kalam Seva Ratna Awards will from now on be an annual and national event.
We also intend to organize many more such events with the sole objective of taking forward vision of Dr Abdul Kalam in developing India into a nation that is self-sufficient in all resources, particularly energy, water, agriculture, industry and productivity. This is just not the responsibility of the Abdul Kalam Vision India Movement, the friends and family of Dr Abdul Kalam. This has to be a collective effort with the noble intention achieving a developed, peaceful and prosperous India and preserving it for our children. Your Holiness, we need your blessings to accomplish this mission.
The sudden demise of Dr Abdul Kalam on July 27, 2015, saw a spontaneous and emotional outpour of love and affection for the great leader in India and abroad. The people of India, irrespective of caste, creed and religion, grieved over the colossal loss. Perhaps for the first, educational institutions closed down on their own. Almostin every city, town and village across India, the photo of the great leader was put out in public places for people to pay floral tributes. Many auto drivers and rickshaw pullers operated free of cost for a dayas a mark of respect to the departed leader. Some government institutions worked extra hours.
On this occasion I want to make a mention of something very important. In an unprecedented happening, the media which usually wastes no time in flashing news, good or bad, was in no hurry to flash the news of Dr Abdul Kalam's death. Even as the word spread in the social media and other forums, national newspaper and television channels took time and kept calling me and other aides secretaries of the former President. No media house wanted to score on this count. I was informed of Dr Abdul Kalam's demise by one of the secretaries when I was in Madurai to attend a function. As I was holding back my emotions and air dashing to New Delhi, a journalist called me to say - "sir news is spreading that Dr Kalam is no more. Such news has come on many occasions in the past. We are only hoping that this is also a false news." But unfortunately it turned out to be true, perhaps God decided to give permanent rest to the great leader.
After the passing away of Dr Kalam, me and some close aides of the former President were in a state of shock and confusion. All the time, it was he who guided and led us. Our daily routine and lives were Kalam-centric and life almost came to a standstill. We were simply blank as there was a sudden void. But then scientists and friends of Dr Kalam called me to say that the hard work of Dr Kalam as a teacher,scientist and President should not fade away into history. They reiterated that the legend of the great leader must go on to inspire and guide the people, particularly the students and youth of this nation for generations to come.
All I could do was oblige invitations from schools, colleges, NGOs, government, and private organisations to address memorial meetings. They were showing keen interest to hear more about Dr Kalam and understand his vision for the nation. Almost in every forum, people are asking me what they have to do to achieve the goals of Dr Kalam. The research, literary works and speech copies of Dr Kalam will soon be made available under the head "Knowledge Treasure" in the official website www.abdulkalam.com to enable people to have a free access. The people have realised that the dream of Dr Kalam was only to make their lives better.
For this, we all have to join hands and work hard. Every step he wanted us to take is for our own good. It is the responsibility of each one of you to stand up for the cause of the nation. Every citizen has the responsibility to take forward the vision of Dr Kalam. I am only a messenger and facilitator. There is nothing to claim or amass here. All credit goes to Dr Kalam who worked incessantly for the nation and its people. We must realise that Dr Abdul Kalam is relevant to the future as much as he was relevant in history. We have a task to do, without him. But always with his guidance, blessings and love.
Dr Kalam met 2.5 crore youth and addressed, interacted with them. He answered all their questions and administered oath for national development, integration and harmony. He has given energy independence vision 2030 and envisioned that rivers can be interlinked. He called for a smart waterways grid mission to harness 1500 billion cubic metre flood water potential for best use of irrigation and drinking water purposes. Sustainable development to rural areas through Providing Urban Amenities to Rural Areas (PURA) was yet another ambitious mission that was aimed at reaching out to the rural population and taking quality amenities to their doorstep. PURA was not only for India but meant for all the the developing countries comprising 3billion people across the world.
Dr Kalam has addressed 8 space sharing nations and gave a aerospace vision 2050. That vision concept kindled the minds of Scientists in the US promoting the US National Space Society to announce the DrKalam NSS Space Solar Powered Mission. This only proves that Dr Kalam transcended boundaries to enlighten the people across the world. He is a leader across boundaries.
At the press conference to announce the Seva Ratna Awards, a press reporter asked me the objective of forming the Abdul Kalam Vision India Movement. After I explained the goals, another reporter asked me whether the movement has the resources, manpower and infrastructure to accomplish such a huge task of achieving a developed India. I told him we have the biggest wealth - the people of India. What can be more precious, useful, powerful and resourceful than the people? So we have you with us, the people of India with us. This wealth is more than enough to accomplish the mission successfully. It was a blessing to work with Dr Abdul Kalam. Now I deem it an honour to work with you all.
I promise to be with you in this noble task of making India a developed nation.
உயரிய விருதுகள் பல இருந்தாலும் விருதுகளையே உந்தன் பெயரால் வியக்க வைத்த புனிதரே அதனால் தான் இந்த விருதுகளை கொடுப்பதற்கு கூட ஒரு புனிதரை இங்கு அனுப்பிவைதீரோ .
லட்சோப லட்ச இளைஞர்களின் உள்ளங்களில் லட்சிய தீபத்தை ஏற்றி லட்சிய இந்தியாவை உருவாக்க, உறுதிமொழியின் மூலம் உன்னத உணர்வை உருவாக்கி இந்திய இளைஞர்களின் கலங்கரை விளக்கமாக விளங்கும் எங்கள் கலாமே! உங்களுக்கு எங்கள் சலாம் !
சிறந்தவர்களை பாராட்ட வேண்டும், போற்ற வேண்டும் என்ற உயர்ந்த பண்பை
எங்களுக்கு ஆழ்மனதில் பதிய வைத்ததன் விளைவு தான், இந்த விருது வழங்கும் விழா.
தன்னலமற்ற சேவையின் மூலம் தாய் நாட்டிற்காக தன்னை அர்பணித்த தியாகச் செம்மல்களுக்கு. உங்களின் பெயரில் விருது கொடுப்பதால் இந்த விழாவிற்கும் மகிழ்ச்சி எனக்குள் நெகிழ்ச்சி, எங்கள் அனைவருக்கும் ரெட்டிப்பு மகிழ்ச்சி.
"நீரின்றி அமையாது உலகு" என்ற வள்ளுவரின் வரிகளையே, வியக்கின்ற வகையில் மரங்களை நடு! மழையினை பெறு! ஊரணிக்கு உயிர் கொடு! இந்த மூன்றையும் தன் உயிர் மூச்சாக முழங்கிய, இந்திய இளைஞர்களின் இந்தய துடிப்பே.
எங்களின் உயிர் மூச்சே, உங்களுக்கு எங்கள் வீர வணக்கங்கள்! "இளைஞர்களின் சக்தியே இந்திய தேசத்தின் சக்தி" இளைஞர்களின் சக்திதான், இந்த தேசத்தின் சக்தி ஒவ்வொரு துறையிலும் தலைவர்களாக, இந்திய இளைஞர்கள் உருமாற்றம் பெற வேண்டும்.
என்ற உயர்ந்த நோக்கோடு உரக்க சொன்னீரே, உங்கள் பாதையில் நாங்கள் நடப்போம், லட்சிய இந்தியாவை படைப்போம்.
"இளைஞர்களின் கனவு தான் இந்திய தேசத்தின் கனவு" கலாமின் கனவு மெய்பட "கரங்களின் மூலம் கரவொலி எழுப்பி" நனவாக்குவோம் லட்சிய இந்தியாவை .
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.
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