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.

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