In order to promote creativity and originality in children, National Innovation Foundation – India (NIF), an autonomous body of the Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India, had been organizing IGNITE - a national competition of original technological ideas and innovations of children upto class the age of 17 years, in or out of school (upto class 12 only).
Starting in 2008, in the last seven years, 142 awards have been given to 202 children at the hands of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. The total number of submissions from school children received during the various IGNITE campaigns have been 71200.
NIF has decided to commemorate IGNITE awards in his memory as Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam IGNITE awards so that creative children continue to draw inspiration from his spirit. NIF will continue to announce the awards of IGNITE competition every year on October 15th, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam’s birthday, which is celebrated as the Children's Creativity and Innovation Day by it.
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Team Honey Bee Network and NIF are shocked at the untimely demise of Dr A P J Abdul Kalam. We celebrate the birthday of the former President of India, Bharat Ratna, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam on Oct 15 as the Children's Creativity and Innovation Day. Dr Kalam was a lifelong champion of grassroots innovations. He started the tradition of honouring creative and innovative communities and individuals at the hands of the President of India in 2002. He continued to motivate the young and old alike and gave away the national IGNITE school student awards since 2008 till last year. He had promised to give away this year award too in November. Now we all will miss him. We will try to commemorate Ignite awards in his memory so that creative children continue to draw inspiration from his spirit. May his soul rest in peace, may his blessings guide our way always.
Dr Kalam is no more. I cannot imagine India without Dr Kalam.The outpouring by the entire nation has been absolutely unprecedented. Dr Kalam is being referred to as the Missile Man.I will leave aside the ‘missile’ part of it and write about the ‘man’ part of it, the ‘human’ part of it, especially as I have seen from my personal lens. My first interaction with Dr. Kalam was when I was a member of Scientific Advisory Committee to the Prime Minister in Rajiv Gandhi’s time. This was in 1987-88. I was given the responsibility of putting together a draft of a perspective plan on the future of Indian Science & Technology. I needed to cover different issues of science & technology including Defense Research and Development.
I was trying to get hold of Dr. Kalam but I was unable to do so. Finally, we accidentally sat together in a plane. I still remember his profusely apologizing for being inaccessible, explaining to me at great length as to how busy he was with his several projects. He asked me as to what was needed. I explained. He set aside whatever work he was doing. He pulled out a piece of paper and wrote his thoughts on the subject with his own hand. More
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