APJ Abdul Kalam Memorial Lecture

Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh said here today that Modi’s “New India” will realize former President Late Dr APJ Abdul Kalam’s “Vision 2020”.
Addressing a Memorial programme organized by Dr A.P.J Abdul Kalam International Foundation at New Delhi, on the eve of the third death anniversary of former President Late Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, he said, he was fortunate to have personally known Late Dr APJ Kalam from close quarters, both as a human being as well as a scientist. He said, it was, therefore, as a humble tribute to this great luminary that soon after he (Dr Kalam) passed away while delivering a lecture at IIM Shillong, it was decided in the Ministry of Northeast / DoNER to immediately set up “APJ Kalam Chair” in IIM Shillong, which has now further developed into “APJ Kalam Study Centre”
He said, it was a providential coincidence that he had the opportunity of frequently interacting with APJ Kalam during the last few months before his death, primarily because, the late President had started taking interest in research on the causes and prevention of cancer and the study of various carcinogens. Though Kalam was not a Medical professional, he said, it was a natural craving for scientific research inside him which inspired him to look at every aspect of life through a scientific prism, which is the reason that even though he was a student of physics and aeronautics by education and training, he got interested in medical research when he observed the rising prevalence of cancer in India.
The greatest hallmark of Late APJ Kalam’s personality, Dr Jitendra Singh said, was that there was not a fraction of a difference between his public image and his conduct in private life. Normally, he said, there are dozens of great leaders whose conduct in public is absolutely contrary to their conduct in private life. But, the unique feature of Kalam was that he carried no pretensions and even in public life, behaved with the same child-like curiosity and simplicity which manifested when he was sitting alone in his living room.

Dwelling on APJ Kalam’s illustrious journey from Guindy Engineering College in Chennai to Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi, Dr Jitendra Singh said, Kalam was one of those Presidents who added to the grace and prestige of Rashtrapati Bhawan.

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