Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Centre launched its nationwide campaign Dreamathon 2017 in partnership with Cello, India’s largest manufacturer of writing instruments at Kirori Mal College on February 9, 2017. Dreamathon 2017 is an initiative inspired and created from Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam’s vision of igniting passion, encouraging creativity and showcasing talent amongst the youth of India.

Through this partnership, Kalam Centre and Cello aim to support the youth of India by providing them relevant skills that will help achieve their full potentials as individuals. Dreamathon 2017 will provide youth with support in training, mentoring and resources by engaging several stakeholders including teachers and members of the community. The campaign plans to have its impact throughout India reaching out to over 1 million youth in around 13 states, covering over 2500 schools and colleges over the next 7 months.

Announcing the start of the campaign during the Kalam Youth Festival at Kirori Mal College, North Campus in the University of Delhi, this year’s Dreamathon theme ‘Missile of Dreams’ was launched by introducing a customized van. The van will cover 10,000 kms and travel from city to city engaging students from schools and colleges spreading the one of Dr. Kalam’s important message – ‘dreams are not you see when you’re asleep. Dreams are those that don’t let you sleep.’

Srijan Pal Singh, CEO, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Centre, convened the fest by addressing the students during the opening session at the Model United Nation.

This was followed by speaker sessions with Akash Soni, RJ Naved who motivated the youth to dream big. Youth Icon awards were presented to RJ Sharat, Nitin Saluja, Unmukt Chand, and Dhruv Galgotia for inspiring the youth through their outstanding contribution in the fields of Journalism, Technology, Sports and Education respectively.

The closing ceremony witnessed a musical melody from the fusion tabla maestro, Shobhit Banwait who was also a Youth Icon awardee.

In order to keep the spirit of giving alive, goodness stories from across Delhi were identified and many such unsung heroes were invited and felicitated.

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