India’s Asset – APJ Kalam sir
“Great dreams of great dremory are always transcended”, these words are said by APJ sir. Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam, our former President and a prominent scientist was born on October 15 1931 in Rameshwaram. Kalam was the youngest among his siblings. Due to the family situation, he had sold newspapers in his childhood. He completed his schooling in Schwartz Higher Secondary School in Ramanathapuram. Kalam was graduated in Physics from St. Joseph’s College in 1954. In 1955, he pursued Aerospace Engineering in Madras Institute of Technology, Chennai. His dream was to become a fighter pilot in IAF which he couldn’t achieve due to less number of positions.
After his graduation in Aerospace Engineering, he joined in DRDO as a scientist. He has also worked with the pre-eminent scientist, Vikram Sarabhai. Kalam’s first independent expandable rocket project was in 1965 at DRDO. He made immense effort to develop the PSLV and SLV – III projects and to make it a successful one. He joined Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) in 1969; where he proved his intelligence. He has been the back bone of ISRO to make many successful missions. He became the 11th President of India in 2002.
The great humane has written several books and autobiography. India 2020, Wings of Fire, Ignited Minds are some of the books written by him. He has been a great inspiration for the students and young people in India. His excellence has been honored with many awards and his first award was in 1981 for Padma Bhushan given by Government of India. In 1990, he was also honored with Padma Vibhushan and in 1997, the highest Civilian award Bharat Ratna. His last award was in 2014 for Doctor of Science given by Edinburgh University, UK.
His famous quotes for the students are “ You have to dream before your dreams can come true” and “If you want to shine like a sun, first burn like a sun”. The prominent scientist of India, died during his visit to IIM Shillong. He went there to deliver a lecture for the students of IIM and he died from a cardiac arrest on 27th July 2015. Today, on his Birth Anniversary, Prime Minister Narendra Modi revealed a statue of APJ Kalam sir and also inaugurated a photo exhibition “A celebration of Dr.Kalam’s Life” at DRDO, Delhi.