Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam: Former President of India
 
 
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Born on 15th October 1931 at Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu, Dr. Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam, specialized in Aeronautical Engineering from Madras Institute of Technology. Dr. Kalam made significant contribution as Project Director to develop India's first indigenous Satellite Launch Vehicle (SLV-III) which successfully injected the Rohini satellite in the near earth orbit in July 1980 and made India an exclusive member of Space Club. He was responsible for the evolution of ISRO's launch vehicle programme, particularly the PSLV configuration. After working for two decades in ISRO and mastering launch vehicle technologies, Dr. Kalam took up the responsibility of developing Indigenous Guided Missiles at Defence Research and Development Organisation as the Chief Executive of Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP). He was responsible for the development and operationalisation of AGNI and PRITHVI Missiles and for building indigenous capability in critical technologies through networking of multiple institutions. He was the Scientific Adviser to Defence Minister and Secretary, Department of Defence Research & Development from July 1992 to December 1999. During this period he led to the weaponisation of strategic missile systems and the Pokhran-II nuclear tests in collaboration with Department of Atomic Energy, which made India a nuclear weapon State. He also gave thrust to self-reliance in defence systems by progressing multiple development tasks and mission projects such as Light Combat Aircraft.

As Chairman of Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC) and as an eminent scientist, he led the country with the help of 500 experts to arrive at Technology Vision 2020 giving a road map for transforming India from the present developing status to a developed nation. Dr. Kalam has served as the Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India, in the rank of Cabinet Minister, from November 1999 to November 2001 and was responsible for evolving policies, strategies and missions for many development applications. Dr. Kalam was also the Chairman, Ex-officio, of the Scientific Advisory Committee to the Cabinet (SAC-C) and piloted India Millennium Mission 2020.

Dr. Kalam took up academic pursuit as Professor, Technology & Societal Transformation at Anna University, Chennai from November 2001 and was involved in teaching and research tasks. Above all he took up a mission to ignite the young minds for national development by meeting high school students across the country.

In his literary pursuit four of Dr. Kalam's books - "Wings of Fire", "India 2020 - A Vision for the New Millennium", "My journey" and "Ignited Minds - Unleashing the power within India" have become household names in India and among the Indian nationals abroad. These books have been translated in many Indian languages.

Dr. Kalam is one of the most distinguished scientists of India with the unique honour of receiving honorary doctorates from 30 universities and institutions. He has been awarded the coveted civilian awards - Padma Bhushan (1981) and Padma Vibhushan (1990) and the highest civilian award Bharat Ratna (1997). He is a recipient of several other awards and Fellow of many professional institutions.

Dr. Kalam became the 11th President of India on 25th July 2002. His focus is on transforming India into a developed nation by 2020.

 

 
Most Popular Inspirational Quotes from Dr.A.P.J Abdul Kalam :
 
spacer   You have to dream before your dreams can come true.
spacer   Excellence is a continuous process and not an accident.
spacer   Life is a difficult game. You can win it only by retaining your birthright to be a person.
spacer   Educationists should build the capacities of the spirit of inquiry, creativity, entrepreneurial and moral leadership among students and become their role model.
spacer   Look at the sky. We are not alone. The whole universe is friendly to us and conspires only to give the best to those who dream and work.
spacer   My hair grows and grows; you cannot stop it-- that fellow grows, it grows wild
spacer   We should not give up and we should not allow the problem to defeat us.
spacer   Science is a beautiful gift to humanity; we should not distort it.
spacer   You see, God helps only people who work hard. That principle is very clear
spacer   Failure will never overtake me if my definition to succeed is strong enough.
spacer   If you WANT to SHINE like a SUN FIRST burn like a SUN
spacer   MAN needs difficulties in LIFE because they are NECESSARY to ENJOY the SUCCESS
spacer   IT IS very easy to DEFEAT SOMEONE BUT it is very hard TO WIN SOMEONE
spacer   Be more Dedicated to making solid Achievements than in Running after Swift but synthetic Happiness
spacer   All BIRDS fine SHELTER during a RAIN but EAGLE AVOIDS rain by flying above the CLOUDS
spacer   Don't take REST after your FIRST VICTORY because IF you FAIL in SECOND , more LIPS are WAITING to SAY that your FIRST VICTORY was just LUCK
 
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Vishwanath the great human being 2018-03-01 11:19:37
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Rakesh Mhatre You were one of the Greatest human being on Earth.2016-01-25 22:32:02
suresh We lost a great and valuable person from India.. 2015-08-06 10:42:19
ramamurthy really it s sad news for me, i inspired lot by kalam sir2015-08-01 15:26:56
Abhishek Bhomia We really lost a jewel,a legend of all time. R.I.P Shri Abdul Kalam.😢2015-08-01 03:40:37
pradesh i am so proud of u great kalam sir.....you are the father of the nation called india. missed u sirrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr2015-07-31 22:52:41
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