Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam the President (First Man) of India, the most popular personality in the eyes of youngsters. He was a different person by born. Full name was Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam, I always forget his full name in my junior school. Small in height but dreams touches the sky. He was a teacher, scientist, writer and politician. But Dr. Kalam always said that “I am always a teacher” and the last day of his life he spent around the student doing his favorite job that was giving a lecture to IIM students. He was known as a teacher and Inspiration to others. He was always young from his heart. All these quality makes student to follow his steps. He was one person who has the highest youngest follower in India and youngster follows him from their heart. I am one of these followers. It doesn’t matter that he is not with us today. He did a lot to others. Now it’s our time to follow what he told us.
Dr. Kalam was born in Rameswaram, Tamilnadu. His father was owner of a boat. From his childhood he was good in studies specially in mathematics. He started to support his family in his school by distributing the newspaper. Then he studied physics but moved to aeronautical and graduated in aeronautical engineering. He was in last year and the final project was not completed so Dean of the collage threatened him that he dismisses his scholarship if he didn’t complete the project in 3 days and he match the deadline.
His first job was in DRDO then he worked for ISRO, visited NASA and as a chief he worked for a classified project on missile making by the order of prime minister Indra Gandhi. The results were amazing and he gave us the Agni and Prathvi the hazardous missiles. He also involved with the nuclear test of Pokhran-II. He played an important role in developing missiles and launching vehicle technology.
He also wrote India 2020 and in this book Dr. Kalam clearly advocated a plan to develop india into Superpower in Knowladge and Developed Nation by the year 2020. Many biographies are based on his life like Eternal Quest: Life and Times of Dr Kalam by S Chandra, President A P J Abdul Kalam by R K Pruthi, A P J Abdul Kalam: The Visionary of India by K Bhushan and G Katyal, A Little Dream (documentary film) by P. Dhanapal, The Kalam Effect: My Years with the President by P M Nair, My Days With Mahatma Abdul Kalam by Fr A K George.
We celebrate “The World Student Day” on Dr. Kalam’s 79th birthday confirmed by the United Nations. He honored by the doctorates from 40 universities. The Government of India honored him with the Padam Bhushan and The Padma Vibhushan for his work with ISRO and DRDO and his role as a scientific advisor to the Government. In 1997, Kalam received India’s highest civilian honor, the Bharat Ratna, for his contribution to the scientific research and modernization of defense technology in India. In 2005, Switzerland declared 26 May as “Science Day” to commemorate Kalam’s visit to the country.
He was born on 15 October 1931 and died on 27 July, 2015. He did great work as a President of India. He lived in every person heart. He was gleeful person who inspired the whole world. He did the whole work with the support of his friend and family. He always said
“Never thought that you are alone the whole world is with you if you have the courage to face it.”