Now and forevermore—Abdul Kalam’s achievements and contributions
About Former President Abdul Kalam
On 27th July 2015, India not just lost a son but also a figure whose visions were always focused on the development of the nation, strengthening the youth, innovations in science and technology and so much more.
As the nation mourns the death of its “missile man,” who died of a severe cardiac arrest while delivering a lecture at IIM, Shillong, here we present you with a list of remarkable achievements the former president of India has added to his name, which will stay with him forever, even in death—
- He studied at the Madras University of Technology and right after his graduation in 1960, he joined the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO), a place where he would design helicopters for the Indian Army, but often he was quoted saying he didn’t quite feel home at DRDO.
- The Indian government gave him consent to expand his program and allowed him to involve more scientists and engineers in the year 1969.
- India’s space program witnessed a new light when in the year 1980, satellite Rohini was successfully launched into the orbit by the SLV-III, following which Dr. Kalam went on to expand the program further.
- Kalam gave Indian missile program a whole new dimension in the 1980s when under his guidance and leadership, prominent missile programs—Agni and Prithvi became successful, thus, making India a significant military body.
- From the year 1992 until 1999, Kalam served as the chief scientific advisor to the then prime minister of India, and also as the secretary of the DRDO.
- His inventions include the “Kalam-Raju stent”—a low-cost coronary stent he invented collaborating with Dr. Soma Raju in 1998, and also a tablet PC specifically for health care in villages, called the “Kalam-Raju tablet” in the year 2012.
- In the year 1998, Kalam was also a major part of the Pokhran-II tests—a project that strengthened India’s post in the global nuclear platform. Kalam had also suggested that such weapons were to be only treated as “weapons of peace,” and were built for barring any motives of other nations to gain control over India.
- In 2002, it was quite a rare event in politics as members of all parties had unanimously voted for Kalam to be elected as the 11th president of the country.
- His oratory skills had always been admired, both by the youth as well as elders in the country. His speeches at the UN, as well as the European Parliament, are to date regarded as some of the best speeches in the world. His presidency reflected hope, optimism and the drive to make India a better place.
- Even after his retirement he dedicated himself to speaking for the youth, writing a number of books, some of which are “Wings of Fire” and “India 2020.” His perspective was completely centered on driving the country for peace, development and his contributions to youth, science and technology have been remarkable.
RIP #KalamSir. You will always be remembered, reminisced and cherished.
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