Dr. Abdul Kalam- Lead India 2020
Dr. Abdul Kalam's Lead India 2020 expands globally
Sunday May 26, 2016
private ceremony in Rockville, Maryland, Lead India 2020 Chapter Executive Team
along with a group of vibrant young students and supporters of Li2020
Foundation met with Bharat Ratna Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, the former president
of India and Chief Mentor of Lead India 2020 and seek guidance on expanding the
Lead India 2020 activities globally. The event was organized by noted
philanthropist Hari Eppanapally, founding President of Lead India 2020 US
Chapter and his team members consists of Srinivas Ganagoni (Vice President),
Chaya Pamula (Secretary), Hart Singh (Treasurer) and others unveiled an
innovative framework to engage 25 Million NRIs to transform India as a
developed nation by 2020. Often cited as the largest social change program in
history, Li2020 aims to transform the lives of 540 Million children through an
innovative, long term program that converts them into “Change Agents”.
Lead India 2020 US Team - L to R: Pooja Eppanapally,
Prasad Tenjerla, Hart Singh, Chaya Pamula, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, Hari
Eppanapally, Rajan Marathe, Srinivas Ganagoni, Vinson Palathingal, Jyothi
Reddy, Vamsi Sistla, Anurag Jain, Naresh Chintalacheruvu.
Dr. Kalam appreciated the
Li2020 global model extended his full support to extend the Lead India 2020
activities. The youth was amazed by Dr. Kalam’s wisdom and vision of Lead India
2020 movement. He interacted with all the youth and answered their questions.
The 10-point program of Li2020
has already been implemented since 2004 and has benefited more than 1 million
children in 5,000+ schools in Andhra Pradesh’s Medak and Karimnagar Districts.
Corporate sponsors like Infosys and GE as well as social service organizations
like Lions Club fund the training of Trainers, with 100,000 trainers in 2013
alone. These Trainers are responsible for 5 schools each with about 500
children, and remain with the students from 6th to 12th grades, training and coordinating field work. Initially focusing to train in 10
schools in each Mandal (Taluk), and Andra Pradesh alone has 1004 Mandals across
Hari Eppanapally, President of the US Chapter shared the vision, and the
roadmap to achieve the mission of the organization which is to see a developed
India by the year 2020, with great enthusiasm, he said, “We have a great
support from the NRI community, however, our goal is to engage our 25 million
NRI’s residing globally, and this would require greater efforts”. Mr.
Eppanapally appealed to the NRI community to join this great movement.
Currently, organization has successfully expanded into five states and eight
districts, and in the process to have additional presence in central and
northern Indian States. Moreover, Mr. Eppanapally was excited to share that the
US Chapter has been collaborating with various NGOs for promoting the Lead
India initiatives and PURA (Providing Urban Amenities to Rural Areas), and also
working with major universities in US for summer internships and youth
Srinivas Ganagoni, Vice President
of the Lead India 2020 US Chapter, then introduced the U.S. Chapter's Executive
Committee members, directors, and regional coordinators and thanked all the
members for their selfless contributions of time, talent and treasure in
promoting the Lead India 2020's initiatives.
Secretary said that this was a historic opportunity to give back to your state
and impact the minds of children at their most formative so that the next
generation could be imbued with lasting values. Hart Singh,Tresurer wanted to
assure donors that Li2020’s policies, software and structures would ensure
transparency and continuously track key metrics to show measurable impact of
each dollar spent. Mr.Hari introduced the State coordinators Vinson Palathingal
(Kerala), Venkatesh Sadogopan (Tamil Nadu) and Rajan Marathe (Maharashtra).
(OPENPRESS) Livingston, NJ – On Monday Feb 4, 2013, at LB Stadium in Hyderabad, India, Honorable Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, former president of India addressed as chief guest at the Lead India 2020 National Summit and declared 25,000 Students who attended the event from all over India as Lead India Change Agents. All these students underwent the “Aap Bhado Desh Ko Badhao” intensive training program conducted by Lead India 2020 and successfully graduated.
Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, the 11th President of India, advocates to change India into a developed nation by the year 2020.
Lead India 2020: A Vision for the New Millennium A.P.J. Abdul Kalam says, “developed India by 2020, or even earlier, is not a dream. It need not be a mere vision in the minds of many Indians. It is a mission we can all take up – and succeed.”