APJ Abdul Kalam

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A. P. J. Abdul Kalam Youth Challenge Programme by Kerala State Council for Science, Technology & Environment (KSCSTE).

KSCSTE is throwing a Challenge to the youth to come up with unique/innovative ideas to solve societal issues.

Are you Ready???

We can help you to turn your ideas into viable enterprises.

Objectives :

  • Encourage youth to take up innovative projects.
  • Create opportunities for translating innovative ideas.
  • Contribute to sustainable development of the State.
  • Encourage entrepreneurship.
  • Create platform for knowledge-based enterprises.
  • Submit proposals in selected areas. 10 best ideas/projects/prototypes will be given up to ₹ 5 lakhs to develop the prototype/working model. After the development of proto, applicants shall demonstrate their innovations and among them, the best Innovation will be selected as the winner of the ‘A. P. J. Abdul Kalam Youth Challenge Programme’ and will be awarded with ₹ 50 lakhs, along with technical support and guidance in developing the technology based on the project.


Areas identified for 2016:

Try any one of them

In the first stage, Applicants need to submit only the Synopsis of the project. The proposed ideas should be truly novel and original. The proposal shall be for a breakthrough highly innovative idea which should have features such as affordability and TEN-X nature (ten-fold better than existing in terms of quality, performance, functions, applications, size/shape, etc). For the projects shortlisted for the second stage, Applicant shall submit a detailed Proposal (three page proposal) in the prescribed format, covering the following points;

  • What is the Proposal all about?
  • How it is going to be implemented?
  • Why is it necessary?
  • So What: If the Project is not implemented, what will be the loss?

"How much fund is required for developing prototype/working model (up to ₹ 5 lakhs) ? "

The format of the Proposal will be forwarded to the shortlisted Applicants, via email. After preparing the proposal, Applicant shall upload it in the Website.


  • Open to any youth below 30 years of age ( only those who have born on or after 01.04.1986 are eligible to apply)
  • Permanent Resident of Kerala.
  • Educational Qualification not a barrier.

Instructions for uploading the documents

Before registering, read the following instructions carefully.You have to upload the following documents while registering.

1. Residential Certificate:
The Nativity/Residence Certificate will be issued by the concerned Village Office. For getting the Certificate, you have to approach an Akshaya Centre. Application for the Certificate has to be made online and it will be done by them. After verification, the certificate will be issued soon and you can download the certificate. You shall upload the nativity/residence certificate issued by the Village Officer. Please note that the Certificate should be a recent one (it should be issued within 1 year as on 29th February, 2016.). Please note that certificate issued by any other authority other than this will not be accepted.

1. Age Proof Document:
1. Birth Certificate
2. SSLC/CBSE/ISC Certificate
3. Voters ID
4. Driving License
5. Passsport
7. Aadhar Card (only if it specifies the date of birth, those CARDS having year of birth only will not be accepted)
No other document will be accepted.

All the above documents uploaded shall be clear and readable. Vague documents will not be accepted and such registrations will be rejected.

Option to edit the documents:
A provision is made in the login page to make necessary editing in uploading the documents. If you have not uploaded the documents as prescribed above, first get the relevant certificate from the competent authority and login in your profile. You can upload the revised documents. Please note that such document shall be uploaded on or before 29.02.2016. There is a link 'Edit Regs' in the login menu.Also, provision is made to edit the synopsis submitted by you. You can edit your synopsis before 29.02.2016


Proposals will be invited from the youth on the areas identified for the Challenge. Proposals will be evaluated by Reviewers in the first stage and will shortlist the proposals qualified for the next stage. Such Proposals will be further evaluated by an Expert Committee. Based on the evaluation, generally up to 10 Proposals will be selected by the Expert Committee.

They will be attached to Academic/R&D Institutions. Maximum amount of ₹ 5 lakhs will be provided for developing the prototype/working model, through the Tie up Institution. One year will be given to the Awardees to work on the `proof of concept’. Based on their demonstration and presentations before the Advisory Committee, the best Innovation among them will be selected by the Advisory Committee as the winner of the ‘A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Youth Challenge Programme’ 2016. The Winner will be provided with an Award of
₹ 50 lakhs, along with technical support and guidance in developing the technology based on the proposal.

Advisory Committee

A National Level Advisory Committee comprising eminent Scientists/Personalities in the Country is constituted for the ‘A.P.J Abdul Kalam Youth Challenge’. The Advisory Committee will identify the thrust areas on which challenge has to be made and will play key role in selecting the winner of the Youth Challenge Programme and in formulating necessary guidelines. The terms of reference of the Advisory Committee are to identify the thrust areas on which challenge has to be made before the youth, to raise real challenges that are thought provoking and answer seeking issues related directly to the need of the society, to decide the guidelines and norms for the scheme, to provide advice and guidance to KSCSTE, Expert Committee and the participating teams for the successful implementation of the programme and to evaluate the prototype/working models developed for the shortlisted projects, along with the Expert Committee and select the winner of the Youth Challenge Programme. The Composition of the Advisory Committee is as follows;

Dr.R.A. Mashelkar
Prof. G.D. Yadav
Shri. G. Vijaya Raghavan
Dr. Kuncheria P. Issac
Dr. M.D. Ayyappan
Shri. C.Balagopal
Dr. K. Sivan
Shri. S. Kedarnath Shenoy
Dr. Suresh Das
Dr. George Varghese
Dr. Ajit Prabhu V.

Contact US

For more details about the Programme, you may contact

Dr. Ajit Prabhu V.

Joint Director & Head, TDPMD Division, Kerala State Council for Science
Technology & Environment (KSCSTE), Sasthra Bhavan
Pattom P.O, Trivandrum – 695004, Kerala, India

Tel No. 0471 2543234, 2548252 Fax: 0471 2543234

Email: ycpkerala@gmail.com