Dr APJ Abdul Kalam is no more

  • Former President and eminent scientist no more

Lata Jain

Former President APJ Abdul Kalam, (Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam) who served as the 11th President of India collapsed at the Indian Institute of Management-Shillong while delivering a lecture to the students of the B-school.

A popular President between 2002 and 2007, passed away on Monday. TV reports earlier said that Kalam suffered a massive cardiac arrest at the function at IIM Shillong. Kalam, 84, was at Indian Institute of Management Shillong to attend a function on Livable Planet Earth there.

Dr. Abdul Kalam was born in Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu, in 1931. He studied, became an aeronautical engineer and helped make India’s first vehicle to send satellites into space. He launched the satellite Rohini, developed AGNI and PRITHVI missiles (rocket weapons) as part of India’s defense programme. He made weapons using atomic energy, and pushed for light aircraft to fight enemies. He prepared the ‘Vision 2020’ document to make India a developed country. He advised the government on development, taught science at Anna University, and wrote many books. Kalam became the President of India in 2002, and was awarded the Bharat Ratna.

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