A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
- Statement by the US President on the Death of Former Indian President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam
- On behalf of the American people, I wish to extend my deepest condolences to the people of India on the passing of former Indian President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. A scientist and statesman, Dr. Kalam rose from humble beginnings to become one of India’s most accomplished leaders, earning esteem at home and abroad. An advocate for stronger U.S.-India relations, Dr. Kalam worked to deepen our space cooperation, forging links with NASA during a 1962 visit to the United States. His tenure as India’s 11th president witnessed unprecedented growth in U.S.-India ties. Suitably named “the People’s President,” Dr. Kalam’s humility and dedication to public service served as an inspiration to millions of Indians and admirers around the world.
- Leaders who sent messages to the President include the Presidents of Singapore, Slovak Republic, Russia, Nepal and Afghanistan; the Fourth King of Bhutan, Sultans of Oman and Brunei and former President of Afghanistan, Dr. Hamid Karzai as well as former President of Singapore, Mr. S.R. Nathan.
The President of Russia, Mr. Vladimir Putin said, “Dr. Kalam rightly enjoyed high international authority as an outstanding scientist and a wise statesman. It is difficult to overestimate his personal contribution to social, economic, scientific and technical progress of India and in ensuring its national security.”
The President of Singapore, Dr. Tony Tan Keng Yam said “Dr. Kalam was deeply respected in India and internationally as a great scientist, an eminent statesman and visionary leader.
Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam was one of India’s greatest treasures: ....Chairman of Akshaya Patra.
- We are grieved by the loss of former Indian President and Bharat Ratna, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. A selfless visionary and mentor, Dr. Kalam has been a role model and a source of inspiration to millions across the country. We fondly remember his visit to The Akshaya Patra Foundation in June 2003 where he visited us in Bengaluru, helped serve the mid-day meal to beneficiaries, enjoyed a meal with the students and left an impression that will last a lifetime.
During his visit, Dr. Kalam expressed his happiness saying “This is really a very important mission and I congratulate Akshaya Patra for the excellent work they have done.” We were touched by his kind words of support. Known for his deep love and compassion for children, and steadfast desire to ignite their dreams, Dr. Kalam also highlighted how crucial the mid-day meal programme is in providing nutrition and education in India.
It was with his guidance that we launched our Vidya Akshaya Patra Programme, an initiative focused on promoting education in government schools across the country. Dr. Kalam was an inspirational leader, a dedicated teacher and a true hero. He helped transform the aspirations of our country, and he will be missed but never forgotten.
“Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam was one of India’s greatest treasures. Though he is no longer with us, we are left with his legacy that will shine bright for years to come,” says Madhu Pandit Dasa, Chairman of Akshaya Patra.
NRI Social Entrepreneur's Meeting with late President Dr. Abdul Kalam ....By Kamini Khare
Bereavement of late president of India Dr. Abdul Kalam send shock wave to the nation. He was most liked and loved president of India who had brought back honor & dignity of the chair of the president. He was Scientist but he understood the politics and responsibility of the office well. He full filled his presidential duty with grace and defended the constitution of India......READ MORE
On July 27, 2015, Dr. Abdul Kalam suffered from a massive heart attack while lecturing at the Indian Institute of Management and died at the age of 83.
2002 to 2007:. Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam is an Indian scientist and politician who served his country as president
2003 and 2006: Known as the People's President, Kalam was so popular that MTV nominated him for a Youth Icon of the Year award
India's highest civilian awards- Bharat Ratna (1997), Padma Vibhushan (1990) and Padma Bhushan (1981)
A.P.J. Abdul Kalam was born in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, India on October 15, 1931. He studied physics, aerospace engineering and became a top scientist, science administrator and to be known as the Missile Man of India for his work on the development of ballistic missile and launch vehicle technology. He worked
Kalam was born and raised in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, and studied physics and aerospace engineering. He spent the next four decades as a scientist and science administrator, mainly at the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and was intimately involved in India's civilian space program and military missile development efforts.
In 2002, India's ruling National Democratic Alliance helped him win election against the country's former president, Kocheril Raman Narayanan; Kalam became India's 11th president, a largely ceremonial post, in July 2002.