Salam, Kalam!

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

PRCI salutes the People's President, Missile Man and above all the Gentleman President who inspired all Indians with his communication with passion to make India world's Number 1 with his Vision 20:20 programme.

Do check the above video for a truly inspiring and moving speech - its just a couple minutes' clip.

Here is the profile of the 11th President of India that sums up his life and works and his dream:

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 was on transforming India into a developed nation by 2020.

Here are some tributes from PR professionals:

Dr. K. P. J. Abdul Kalam was an uncommon President, who came closest to the. common man,. A scientist - philosopher, but not pedantic. As a scientist, he was in search of solutions useful to the common man. He was not just a grey eminence but had the zest of youth, inspired by the young, at the same time inspirational to the young people. He reminded me of the story of a person who prospered in life but always preserved the torn clothes that kept him covered when he was far away from prosperity. A Plain living and high thinking person like him adorned the highest office India can offer to her sons and daughters . really speaking an accidental president, who went on to elevate the office to another level. Rastrapati Bhavan may have to wait for a long time to host another Indian like him.
He passed away in a manner, perhaps, he liked most, spreading the wisdom of common sense, speaking to the young people. RIP-
- S Narendra, former spokesperson, Govt of India 

Dr APJ Kalam was a great visionary and  a Role model to the Youth  of India.
He always used to strive for excellence and preached his philosophy Unity is strength . I don't thing we had such an illustrious and colourful  President after independence. He always dreamt a  prosperous and resourceful India.
He made all Indians Proud.  Our humble Pranams and Prayers.

- T Vinay Kumar, Secretary, PRCI Kerala Chapter

"Let difficulties know that you too are difficult" - APJ Abdul Kalam....................R.I.P.​
- Natesh Nair

We have lost greatest noble soul  of india.
Dr Kalam was a visionary to the youth with ignited mind to see country  in progressive way. May the departed soul rest in heaven.
- Sk Kaul, Consultant and Director PR council of India national executive team.

Salute you Dr A P J ABDUL KALAM
" You have taught the younger generation of India to have hope. Your humility and clear conscience has evoked millions to mark you as their torch bearer. You have blazed the trail."
- Sushanta Dhar, HPCL, Mumbai

Dr. APJ Kalam, you were guide, teacher and inspiration to the common man before you will be remembered as President of India. So dream big to achieve something. - Rama Vijay.

Dr Kalam  - The first President who was a People's President and  lucid communicator - died while communicating in Assam. May his soul rest in peace.
- JP Dhaundiyal, Director Solar Energy Society of India. Delhi.


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