One of the unfulfilled wishes of Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam was to ensure that every youth of India has access to books and quality knowledge. He aspired that there should be one free library in every village and even the remotest corner of the country and that the youth of the nation should have access to books as a matter of right. The Kalam Library Project (KLP) is based on this unfulfilled wish of Dr. Kalam and was founded by Srijan Pal Singh who was Dr. Kalam’s close advisor and co-author for many years. This mission aims to empower the youth with the power of knowledge, so that they realize that nothing is impossible in life. In essence this how the next generation of “Kalams” have to be built from the roots of the India.
The Surat Chapter of Kalam Library was inaugurated on 13th September 2019 at VR Popawala Children Home for Boys, Katargam, Surat. The Chief Guest of the event was Dr. Jagdish Patel, Mayor, Surat. RJ Vishruti from Red FM and RJ Pratiksha from My FM were also present. These libraries will be set up at the following places:
- Children Home for Girls
Behind Siddheswari Mata Temple,Ram Nagar, Rander, Surat-395005
- VR Popawala Children Home for Boys
Godhani Circle, Near Nilam Petrol Pump, Katargam, Surat Central-395004
- Open Shelter Home
Una Pani Road, Laal Darwaza, Surat-395003
- Mahajan Anath Ashram
Godhani Circle, Near Nilam Petrol Pump,Katargam, Surat-395004
- Special Home for Girls
Janani Dham, Amboli Village, Kamrej, Surat East-395185
- Zonal Obervation Home
Parlepoint, Ghoddod Road, Surat-395001
Near Dinbadhu Hospital,Kholvad,Surat -395022
- Children Home for Boys (Viswajagruti Mission Ashram)
Someswar Enclave, Veer Narmada University Road, Udhana Magdalla Road, Vesu, Surat-395009
One of these libraries was inaugurated by sanitary workers of Surat Municipal Corporation. The idea behind this step was to show our gratitude towards them and also acknowledge their efforts.
About Kalam Library Project
Kalam Library Project was started in January 2016 with first library being opened at Lilapur village near Ahmedabad, Gujarat. The library was launched by the Chief Minister of Gujarat, who donated more than 150 books including 5 books that inspired her in life. 8 libraries have also been open in the Children Observation Homes in Gujarat to create access of knowledge for the juvenile delinquents so that they can be brought back to mainstream societies by giving their dreams the power of knowledge.
The number since has increased and till date more than 450 libraries have been inaugurated in 14 states (Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Himachal Pradesh, Bihar). These libraries inclusively serve a population of about 100,000.
Speaking about this project, Srijan Pal Singh, CEO, Kalam Centre and Founder of the Kalam Library Project said “We started Kalam Library Project with a vision to carry forward the unfulfilled dream of Dr. Kalam. Though he is physically not present with us yet he lives inside each one of us – in our thoughts through his vision. Let’s just not read about the missile man… let’s try and become a ‘Kalam’. I am very happy that Karan Chavda and the young team of Kalam followers from Chhatra Sansadare taking forward this dream of Dr. Kalam in Surat.”
Dr. Jagdish Patel, Mayor, Surat said, “I am very happy to inaugurate these Kalam libraries which will give wings to the dreams of these little “Kalams” of India. Till date, Surat is known for its diamonds and silk but the day is not far when Surat would also be remembered for books and education.”