The Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Award, named after the 11th President of India and aerospace scientist A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, is awarded by the Government of Tamil Nadu in recognition of contributions on scientific development, humanities and students' welfare.On 31 July 2015, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Jayalalithaa announced after death of Kalam (July 27, 2015) that an award will be given annually in the name of former Indian President Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.
The award prize will be five hundred thousand Indian rupees (about US$7,700), a certificate and a gold medal weighing eight grams.The Chief Minister stated "Vibrant India; Prosperous Tamil Nadu. To strengthen this, I have ordered to institute an award in memory of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. The award will be given away every year during Independence Day. It will carry a cash prize of ? 5 lakh, a gold medal weighing eight gram and a certificate."The award is scheduled to be given out every year on Independence Day in India (15 August) starting with 2015.