Three start-ups get Rs 10L each for ideas to make earth ‘live­able’

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LUC­KNOW: Three in­no­va­tive ideas that sug­gested how to make the planet Earth “live­able” were feted by Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Tech­ni­cal Univer­sity on Thurs­day. The Kalam Cen­tre for In­no­va­tion and In­cu­ba­tion of Star­tups (KCIIS) es­tab­lished at AKTU gave Rs 10 lakh each to the three start-ups.

Gover­nor Ram Naik gave away the cash award at an event or­gan­ised to mark the sec­ond death an­niver­sary of Bharat Ratna Dr Kalam. The sec­ond edi­tion of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Memo­rial In­ter­na­tional Youth Con­clave takes for­ward the legacy of the last lec­ture of Dr Kalam based on the theme ‘Cre­at­ing Liv­able Planet Earth’.

The first is an idea of IIT BHU, to pu­rify drink­ing wa­ter us­ing less elec­tric­ity, the sec­ond is about a pneu­matic-based thresh­ing ma­chine for farm­ers and the last is a health care startup. The last two in­no­va­tions were from stu­dents of AKTU col­leges. Naik ap­pealed to youths to take in­spi­ra­tion from Kalam’s life.

He re­called his meet­ings with Kalam at Raj Bhawan. Gover­nor fe­lic­i­tated Ni rm alan and ana th a Ma­haswami, head, Adichun-chana­gari Math and Anand Ku­mar, founder of Su­per 30 at the In­ter­na­tional Youth Con­clave for their con­tri­bu­tion to so­ci­ety.

Min­is­ter tech­ni­cal and med­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion Ashutosh Tan­don and AKTU vice chan­cel­lor Vi­nay Ku­mar Pathak also ad­dressed the gath­er­ing. DREAMATHON 2017 Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Cen­tre launched Dreamathon 2017 in Luc­know on Thurs­day.

It is an ini­tia­tive, in­spired and cre­ated from Dr Abdul Kalam’s vi­sion of ig­nit­ing pas­sion, en­cour­ag­ing cre­ativ­ity and show­cas­ing tal­ent amongst the youth of In­dia. The na­tion­wide cam­paign was launched in New Delhi in Fe­bru­ary 2017.

As a part of the ini­tia­tive, the ‘Mis­sile of Dreams’, a cus­tomised van plans to touch mil­lions of lives of tal­ented young peo­ple across eight states. This van will travel across the coun­try col­lect­ing en­tries from 1 mil­lion youth on the topic ‘In­dia of their dreams’.

The Mis­sile of Dreams was flagged off by Tan­veer Khan, head-mar­ket­ing, BIC Cello In­dia, Anand Ku­mar, founder of Su­per 30 and Sri­jan Pal Singh, CEO Kalam Cen­tre and for­mer ad­vi­sor to Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.

“We are pleased to part­ner with the Kalam Cen­tre and look for­ward to pro­vide our full sup­port in achiev­ing Dr Kalam’s vi­sion of ig­nit­ing mil­lions of dreams of young minds,” Tan­veer Khan, di­rec­tor, mar­ket­ing, BIC-Cello In­dia.

Sri­jan Pal Singh, CEO Kalam Cen­tre and for­mer ad­vi­sor to Dr APJ Abdul Kalam said, “Luc­know is a city with vi­brant dreams. Through this cam­paign, we wish for the youth to de­ter­mine its destiny through their pow­er­ful dreams.”


Gover­nor Ram Naik giv­ing cheques to the ben­e­fi­ciary start­ups dur­ing the in­au­gu­ral func­tion of the Kalam Cen­tre for In­no­va­tion and In­cu­ba­tion of Star­tups at AKTU. (Be­low) The Dreamathon photo and poster gallery at the univer­sity.

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