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Srijan Pal Singh is an author, public speaker, education innovator and social entrepreneur. He is IIM-A Gold Medalist and had worked as Advisor to Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, the 11th President of India. Currently, he is the CEO and Co-Founder of Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam Centre, a non-profit organization working on integrated missions across multiple dimensions in an effort to continue on the vision and works of Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.

An IIM Ahmedabad Gold-Medallist (2009) who worked initially with the Boston Consulting Group. He left the international corporate career then and worked as an Advisor and Officer on Special Duty (OSD) to the 11th President of India, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam from 2009 to 2015. He was associated with Indian Institute of Space Sciences and Technology (IIST) - a research and education venture of ISRO.

 

With Dr. Kalam he was instrumental in designing the PURA (Providing Urban Amenities in Rural Areas) scheme, the Space-Based Solar Power Project, he also worked as advising the 11th President on Koodanakulum Nuclear Power Plant, Neutrino-Technology for Society, the What Can I Give Mission and many other schemes which are of national and international repute. He was instrumental in bringing various PURA complexes across India, benefiting over 12,000 villages in total, across on a single knowledge platform as envisioned by Dr. Kalam. The PURA policy now operates under the name of Dr. Shyama Prasad Mookherjee National RURBAN Policy, on whose Advisory Board, he was nominated as a member of, by the Government of India. 

From 2013-15, he was roped in by the Government of Gujarat as an advisor for the Loha Campaign for the Statue of Unity. He continued as advising the Gujarat Chief Minister on Innovation and Technology. The Government of Uttar Pradesh nominated him as a Mentor for its Rs. 1,000 crore (Rs. 10 Billion) state startup policy. He is also nominated as a Board Member for the Maharashtra Government’s Center for Innovation and Progressive Regulation under the Maharashtra Water Regulatory Authority. He is also in governing council of Institute for Management Studies, Ghaziabad. 

He has written 15 books, including three as co-author with Dr. Kalam. His books have sold more than 400,000 copies and translated in 12 different languages.

In 2012, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and Srijan Pal Singh founded the Kalam Foundation where Srijan was appointed as the Managing Director by President Kalam. After the demise of Dr. Kalam in 2015, Srijan continued the visions of the 11th President by running under the banner of Kalam Centre, where he is now the CEO and Founder. For his commitment to the missions of Dr. Kalam, he is often regarded as the intellectual successor of Dr. Kalam. He is also a member on the Research Board of the Deendayal Research Institution founded by Nanaji Deshmukh and whose first Chairman was Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee. 

The Kalam Centre runs 400+ free libraries across India in fourteen states catering to the most marginalized sections of the society. He also runs a free multilingual animation lab for producing content on multimedia for underprivileged children in multiple languages. He founded the Kalam Bharat Fellowship where over 600 teachers have been recruited to act as auxiliary teachers across 300 government schools and children correction centers across India, directly providing training in emerging skills to over 250,000 children from disadvantaged communities. 

He also started the Right to Water Foundation which is actively working in policy & tech related intervention to make drinking water accessible to all and started India’s first Water Startup Incubator – InnoBlu. This was launched by the Vice-Chairman of NITI Aayog in 2018 and the data generated has been a game shifter in how clean water is seen as a challenge across India. 

 

The Centre also runs an Innovation in Governance Summit which has now reached out to over 100 top civil services officers and helping spread and recognize ideas of innovations at grassroots governance in them to promote agile governments. The Vice President of India graced the 2019 edition of the summit. 

In collaboration with the United Kingdom Center for Astrobiology, University of Edinburgh he started the UKCA Mars Mission India project where Indian students are getting the opportunity to be a part of global leaders working in making technological products for Martian living by 2035. This has become a crucible where experts from European Space Agency, NASA and Australian Space Agencies regularly gather regularly to ponder on how to make extra-terrestrial living possible. The project is one of the pioneering ones in the world and operates in an underground facility 2.5 kilometers below the surface where some of the most cutting edge scientific missions aiming two decades into the future are initiated. 

 

In 2016 and then again in 2017, two of his books were nominated in the top 5 best sellers of their category in the prestigious Raymond Crossword Book Awards. He has been a guest faculty in IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Indore and has spoken in over 1000 national and international platforms including Rotary, IIT Delhi, IIT Mumbai, IIT Madras, Sharjah Book Fair, Bahrain Book Fair, Qatar Book Fair and several TEDx. He is a regular commentator on TV and writer in Newspapers. Till date, he has interacted with over 120,000 youth across the world.

For his work, he was awarded the 1st Distinguished Alumni Award by Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University and given the accolade to inaugurate the annual management festival of IIMA - an opportunity given every year to the most distinguished alumni from the institution. 

He completed his schooling in La Martiniere College, Lucknow and holds an Undergraduate (B.Tech.) degree in Electrical Engineering.

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