Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Memorial Summit on Innovation in Governance is a step in the direction of exploring how cutting-edge technology, out-of-box thinking, can transform the role and impact of governance in India and across the world. Dr. A.P.J. Abdul 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 features Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Award for Innovation in Governance to be 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 is dedicated to the 11th President of India, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam (1931-2015), who is renowned for his unique and innovative leadership style in over five decades of service in various government positions, including the President of India from 2002-07.
The first and pioneering edition of the summit was conducted on 15th October 2016 at Vigyan Bhawan where over 40 top officers, police officers, diplomats and experts in governance assembled. The second edition of the summit was held on 20th January 2018 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. The third edition of the summit was organized at Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra in New Delhi where 100 policy makers, civil service officers, NGOs, members of the media and academia participated, all dedicated to the task of governance and its dimensions. The event witnessed an audience of 400 selected invitees and delegates.

Innovations in Governance:
The Challenge and Opportunity

The efficiency of governance model is paramount to the goal of human development and prosperity for the nations. On one hand, it thrives to optimize the resource utilization of the economy and on the other hand governance and governments also stand for equity and justice for those who often get left behind in the race for development. Today, more than ever before, governments are working far more closely with the corporate and private sector, interacting with other governments and managing larger amount of tax-derived income for which it is accountable to its people. This expansion of scale and scope is a challenge and an opportunity – for deploying non-conventional technology, thoughts and people into making governance and government work faster, operate cleaner and become leaner in their model.

India, as a developing economy with an inherently strong democracy, witnesses an era of potential with its youthful population and emerging industries. In such a scenario how can governance, institutionally and individually, enhance their efficacy through innovation? How can we build a governance envisioned by Dr. Kalam – “which works for the people and under a motto of work with integrity and succeed with integrity.” This summit will focus on different sectors of governance and delivery seen through the prism promoting innovation, multi-stakeholder engagement, transparency and learning curve.

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