The third edition of Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Summit on Innovation in Governance was held at Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra, New Delhi in partnership with Deendayal Research Institute and United Nations Global Compact on February 28, 2019. The Chief Guest for the event was the Hon’ble Vice President of India Shri M Venkaiah Naidu. Dr. Rajiv Kumar (Hon’ble Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog) was the chief guest for the Valedictory session. The summit had about 100 most innovative public services personnel, including IAS, IPS officers, PSU leaders, business body leaders & administrative studies related researchers along with academicians. Continuing on the missions of Dr. Kalam, Kalam Centre organizes the summit to recognize select individuals and institutions for their exemplary work in improving governance and delivering value to the citizens. The Summit also featured Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Award for Innovation in Governance (KIGA) to be presented in number of categories.
Some of the distinguished awardees included
- Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Indian Politician (Lifetime Achievement)
- Lieutenant General Amarjeet Singh Bedi, UYSM, YSM, VS DGDIA & DCIDS – Intelligence, Ministry of Defense, Government of India (Security)
- Shri Govind Gaude Minister for Art & Culture, Tribal Welfare, Civil Supplies, Government of Goa (Art and Culture Governance)
- Embassy of Estonia (Information and Technology)
- Dr. Vineeta Shanker, Executive Director, Sasakawa India Leprosy Foundation (S-ILF) (Social Work)
- Professor Vinay Kumar Pathak, Vice-Chancellor of Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Technical University, Lucknow (Academics)
- Various senior IAS officers
- District Development Officers and District Magistrates from Gujarat, Rajasthan, and Bihar
- IPS and Indian Forest Service officers from Kerala and Tamil Nadu
“In this third edition of KIGA, we brought together civil services officers, governance professionals and social impact creators on a single platform. Our purpose was to celebrate and express their ideas of how to make India march towards a superpower as envisioned by Dr. Kalam”, said Shri Srijan Pal Singh, Former Advisor to Dr. Kalam and CEO Kalam Centre.
The event also featured the inauguration of 75 ‘Kalam Digital Libraries’ across various locations in India by the Hon’ble Vice President Shri M Venkaiah Naidu. While MoUs to set up 900 Kalam Digital Libraries across the several districts of India was declared by Shri Srijan Pal Singh. He said, “These libraries will benefit about 100,000 students to find better training in career counseling, science & technology, and value building.” “These libraries will operate on a free-of-cost basis for children in government schools and observatories and help connect top-end trainers in urban centers with needy children in remote parts of the nation”, he added.