A true gentleman, a great adviser, a well learned, a modest individual, a phenomenal scientist, a successful President and a constant inspiration – this all sums up to a great personality called APJ Abdul Kalam. His achievements are endless and have inspired number of people across the country. And yet he remained grounded as if he has done least for the country. While we all know off late in India, no one else has achieved more than this man, lets get to know something more about this outstanding personality. October 15th is now Youth Renaissance Day
Dr. Kalam always had a special place for the youth of this country and we all know of the great inspiration he has been to many of the students. After his death this year, the Tamil Nadu Govt. has announced that his Birthday, Oct 15th will be observed as “Youth Renaissance Day” across the
state. Received Honorary Doctorates from 40 Universities
While we all discuss about Filmfares and IIFAs, of the least we know about this significant personality is he received honorary doctorates from 40 universities. 40 UNIVERSITIES!! Missile Test Island renamed as ‘Abdul Kalam Island’
Wheeler Island, a national missile test site in Odisha, has been renamed as ‘Abdul Kalam Island’ in September 2015. Recipient of the NSS Von Braun Award.
Source NSS Apart from many of the awards he received, he also was the recipient of the NSS Von Braun Award. The National Space Station is an American non-profit organisation specialized in spcae advocacy. It is given in odd-numbered years (1993, 1995, etc.) to recognize excellence in management of and leadership for a space-related project where the project is significant and successful and the manager has the loyalty of a strong team that he or she has created.” His Possessions – books, a veena, few clothes, a CD player and a laptop
For the simple and modest way of living and might never happen for some of us in our lifetime. When his missions failed, he faced the press accepting his mistakes.
Source : BI and Getty Images During his tenure at ISRO, when he failed in his missile tests, he faced the press himself accepting his mistakes. But, when he succeeded, he sent his colleagues to talk. Such was his modesty. Love for Wildlife
During his tenure at the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Kalam had rejected a proposal to place broken glass on the walls of the premises to prevent break-ins. He said the broken glass would be harmful for the birds that perch on the walls.
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