Tree planting drive begins in Tuticorin

The first phase of the Tree Plantation Project in Tuticorin District has been successfully completed with the final saplings planted by the Tuticorin District Collector Thiru. Sandeep Nanduri ,I.A.S.,along with DRDA project director Thiru. Dhanapathy , Tuticorin Airport APD Thiru. Subramaniyan ,NHAI department officers Mr.K.Jothi Baskar-Site Engineer, Mr. P. Gopi- Horiculture Expert(M/S Bloom Companies LLC) and Dr.APJ.Abdul Kalam international foundation Team members. #apjabdulkalaminternationalfoundation#APJAbdulKalam#apjabdulkalamfoundation

APJ Abdul Kalam Memorial Lecture

Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh said here today that Modi’s “New India” will realize former President Late Dr APJ Abdul Kalam’s “Vision 2020”.
Addressing a Memorial programme organized by Dr A.P.J Abdul Kalam International Foundation at New Delhi, on the eve of the third death anniversary of former President Late Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, he said, he was fortunate to have personally known Late Dr APJ Kalam from close quarters, both as a human being as well as a scientist. He said, it was, therefore, as a humble tribute to this great luminary that soon after he (Dr Kalam) passed away while delivering a lecture at IIM Shillong, it was decided in the Ministry of Northeast / DoNER to immediately set up “APJ Kalam Chair” in IIM Shillong, which has now further developed into “APJ Kalam Study Centre”
He said, it was a providential coincidence that he had the opportunity of frequently interacting with APJ Kalam during the last few months before his death, primarily because, the late President had started taking interest in research on the causes and prevention of cancer and the study of various carcinogens. Though Kalam was not a Medical professional, he said, it was a natural craving for scientific research inside him which inspired him to look at every aspect of life through a scientific prism, which is the reason that even though he was a student of physics and aeronautics by education and training, he got interested in medical research when he observed the rising prevalence of cancer in India.
The greatest hallmark of Late APJ Kalam’s personality, Dr Jitendra Singh said, was that there was not a fraction of a difference between his public image and his conduct in private life. Normally, he said, there are dozens of great leaders whose conduct in public is absolutely contrary to their conduct in private life. But, the unique feature of Kalam was that he carried no pretensions and even in public life, behaved with the same child-like curiosity and simplicity which manifested when he was sitting alone in his living room.

Dwelling on APJ Kalam’s illustrious journey from Guindy Engineering College in Chennai to Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi, Dr Jitendra Singh said, Kalam was one of those Presidents who added to the grace and prestige of Rashtrapati Bhawan.

APJ Abdul Kalam 4th Remembrance Day Activities


An exceptional and an inspiring journey is what we would like to describe the past 4 years of DR.APJ.ABDUL KALAM INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION By House of Kalam Rameswaram {AKIF}. We have been steadily progressing in the illustrious path laid by the People’s President Dr. APJ.Abdul Kalam. The members of House of Kalam along with numerous supporting citizens from various parts of the country have added more substance to this journey. Dr. Kalam’s birth anniversaries and remembrance days were rightly turned into a celebration of science, environment and intellectual development. The student communities, the future of this nation are gradually channelized to take the path of Vision 2020 through these events.

Thiru. K. Veera Raghava Rao, District Collector of Ramanathapuram

We are nearing the 4th year remembrance of our beloved People’s President Dr. APJ.Abdul Kalam. In view of the commemoration on 26th and 27th, various events on a grand scale have been planned at Rameswaram. Thiru. K. Veera Raghava Rao, District Collector of Ramanathapuram has consented to be the chief guest and would inaugurate a tree plantation, AKSF Awareness campaign vehicle flag goof ceremony at Rameswaram and he also the advisor for the campaign in Ramnad district. Thiru. Dr Isari K Ganesh chancellor   – Vels University (Deemed) Chennai will be the Guest of Honor. Thiru. V.Balamurugan Outstanding Scientist Director Combat Vehicles Res & Dev Establishment Defence Res & Dev Organization Ministry of Defencewill be our special guest.                                                                                                                                                                        

AKSF campaign vehicle

The day would start with a student rally supporting AKSF and stressing the need for a clean and green environment with a message on water conservation. The rally would begin at Amrita Vidyalayam, Peikarumbu and concludes at Dr. Kalam’s National Memorial. Eminent guests include scientists, educationists, industrialists, chancellors and vice chancellors of Universities would address the gathering. An exhibition of stalls would be put up. Many motivational speakers would be present to boost the morale of the students as is the norm; various events for school and college students are being conducted. About 50,000 students would be participating in Ramanathapuram district in various events. The winners would be felicitated at the grand event.

5000 Students Participated Dr Kalam 4th Year Remembrance Day Activities

A prelude to these events was when we initiated another milestone of a massive one crore tree plantation drive. Dr. APJ. Abdul Kalam Social Forest Scheme has undertaken a mission of planting more than one crore tree saplings across 35 districts in the state of Tamil Nadu with 3.6 lakh sapling per district. In keeping with the agenda of Vision 2020, one of the ten point oath emphasized by Dr. Kalam was on plantation of trees. Hence the foundation has devised a strategy to plant more than one crore tree saplings.

The project was inaugurated by the Honourable Governor of Tamil Nadu, Shri Banwarilal Purohit on 28th March 2019 at Vel’s University. The project had been immensely supported by Airport Authority of India. MoA were signed with Vel’s University and with Madurai Kamaraj University, who would be sponsoring and supporting the plantation drive.

Nurseries are planned across the 35 districts. Usually, plantation drive involves procurement of saplings that is readily available. But the foundation is determined to start from scratch right from procuring the seeds and setting up nurseries to nurture the seedlings. 25 native varieties such as neem, banyan, casuarina, jamun trees etc will be part of this drive. The saplings grown would be distributed to the citizens, specifically to students of schools and colleges, Corporates, government staffs and others. A declaration certificate has to be signed by the beneficiaries before taking the saplings that their sole intention is to contribute to the environmental cause to save our earth.

The uniqueness of this campaign is the development of an AKSF APP by ITM for monitoring the growth of the sapling where the beneficiaries are obliged to update their effort. This way, everyone who has a sapling under their care would be committed in this massive drive. The beneficiaries would be rewarded in order to stay motivated for the cause. The app has features to support the plantation process. It has less storage size with dual language support. It also gives information about the nearby nurseries for obtaining the saplings, regular notifications helping in the better development of the saplings etc.

A novel way to create awareness about the project throughout the state would be through the flagging off, of the AKSF campaign vehicle sponsored by Airport Authority of India. The vehicle will carry video bytes by notable ambassadors of the plantation campaign. The current environmental aspects of the state would be shown and the change this plantation drive could bring would also be projected.

The vehicle will have the distinguished scientific exhibition of books authored by

Dr. Kalam. The campaign vehicle will encourage the public to endorse this project and encourage them to show their responsibility towards conserving the environment.

On 26th of July, at 10:30 AM, S. Satheesh Kumar, a three time international gold medalist in Roller skating, would skate from Pattainamkathan junction to Dr. Kalam’s memorial, covering a distance of 60km. He would be creating a record by skating through the Pamban Bridge. The journey is to create awareness regarding the plantation drive and also Dr. Kalam’s Vision 2020. This event would be flagged off by the Collector of Ramanathapuram, Thiru Veera Raghava Rao. Students of various institutions and the general public would be standing throughout the distance on either side cheering and encouraging our champion. Those present would also pledge to commit themselves to the cause of a  social forest We would be glad if you could support us for the success of the program and in the campaign  for a  clean and green environment,  and be a part of another beautiful and a fruitful event, in memory our late President.

APJ Abdul Kalam Save Forestry program

PJ Abdul Kalam Save Forestry Project – Tree Plantation Drive across Tamilnadu inaugurated by Honorable Governor of Tamilnadu Shri Banwarilal Purohit at Vels University Chennai.

The program is to plant more than one crore tree saplings across the state of Tamil Nadu. The species of trees planted in each district will depend on the local weather and soil conditions. The saplings grown would be distributed to students of schools and colleges. A mobile app for monitoring the growth of every sapling was also demoed as part of the event today. The plantation drive will start on July 27th 2019 and will go on during Dr Abdul Kalam’s Vision year of 2020.

Hon’ble Governor spoke about how Dr Kalam ailing from a humble background had scaled great heights in his career, including Dr Kalam’s contribution apart from aviation and defence to taking healthcare for the masses – for example in 1998, along with the cardiologist Soma Raju, Dr Kalam developed a low cost coronary stent, named the “Kalam-Raju Stent”.

Governor retold an incident from history that he had recently read – that of, when Kota city in Rajasthan was being formed, and the main bazaar street was designed, the would-be shop keepers were ordered by the (then) ruler to plant a peepal tree in the back of every shop and be taken care of – a fine example of saving the environment and the surroundings we live in. Peepal tree is a species of fig native to the Indian subcontinent and is regarded sacred in India.

We are looking forward support for this project. If anybody interested please write to us

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APJ Abdul Kalam foundation opens Nashihk Centre

Nashihk: The Dr APJ Abdul Kalam International Foundation (AKIF) Opened ‘Centre of Igniting Minds’ an academic center at the Manav Dhan Education Socienty Dhanlaxmi School on Thursday. This is the foundation’s first centre in Maharashtra through which they will promote a series of academic activities in the city.nagpur

APJMJ Sheik Saleem , Managing trustee of the foundaiton and grand nephew of Dr Kalam was in the city to launch the centre. He said that the foundation will support academic activities in the Nashik region thorugh this centre.

Our mission is to provide education, skills, knowledge development and promote research aptitude in villages and all the underdeveloped sectors of the nation. We have planned campaigns and activities in order to relize the mission 2020 concept of Dr Kalam.

The main motive behind starting the Nashik centre is to plant the seeds of scientific

tempter in young minds.

The aim of the centre is create Dr APJ Abdul Kalam for the future. We believe that Dr Kalam was not a personality but phenomenon. We motivate students by saying that they

can become the Kalam of any field. The centre will run variety of activities, right from academics and arts to sports.