On the occasion of Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam’s 85th birth anniversary, one-day summit at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi had been organized with awards to those who have followed Dr. Kalam’s path of promoting innovation in improving governance – in India and abroad.
The Summit featured the first edition of Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Award for Innovation in Governance to be presented to selected individuals and institutions for their exemplary work in improving governance and delivering value to the citizens. Pravara Rural Education Society was awarded the Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Innovation in Governance Award for its contribution in the domain of rural development. The awards were presented across various categories including Education, Healthcare, Sanitation & Nutrition, Security & Safety, Environment, Women & Child Welfare, Banking Economics & Finance, Rural Development & Agriculture, Social Welfare, Energy, International Contribution and Technology, IT & Enterprise and Infrastructure.
The summit included plenary session, panel discussions and presentations on national and global exemplars of transformational governance for the betterment of the people.
Dr. Ashok Patil, Executive Chairman of Pravara Rural Education Society, was invited as the Guest of Honor for the summit. He is the President of International Association of Rural Health & Medicine (An International NGO in Official Relations with WHO), Executive Chairman of Pravara Rural Education Society, Loni and the Chairman of Dr. Vikhe Patil Foundation and has made tremendous contribution to organizational and institutional promotion and development.
It is noteworthy to mention that Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam has visited Loni on a number of occasions. He had been very much impressed by the Loni PURA model, which is a participative model of integrated rural development and has come up among 44 villages. The PURA stands for Providing Urban facilities in Rural Areas (PURA).
Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Center for Creating Livable Planet and Sustainable Development aims to create and implement mission-mode projects along the visions and missions 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 was started in 2015, after Dr. Kalam’s sad and sudden demise in Shillong while addressing his students in IIM Shillong.
Earlier this year ,the center organized the International Youth Conclave on Livable Planet in Lucknow in July, where the likes of Shri Ram Naik (Honorable Governor of Uttar Pradesh), Shri Akhilesh Yadav (Honorable Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh), Dr. Kailash Satyarthi (Nobel Prize Winner), Ms. Dia Mirza, Mr. Javagal Srinath, Mr. Arunachalam Muruganantham, Mr. Anshu Gupta and Padma Bhushan Dr. S.B Mujumdar participated along with 300 youth selected from many different countries including USA, Singapore and Japan.