On 15 October 1931 , a gem was born in india at Rameswaram Tamil Nadu. Today the whole world knows him as the missile man of India. A man of principles who inspired millions not only in india but to the whole world to never back down any challenges and face it with confidence. A man named as Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam was a scientist and engineer, who served as the President of India from 2002 to 2007. Mr Kalam known for his simplicity and sharp mind , today the whole nation misses his beloved president on his birthday.
“If you want to shine like a sun. First burn like a sun.” - A.P.J Abdul Kalam
Abdul Kalam was born as the youngest of five children of a Muslim boat owner named Jainulabudeen and his wife Ashiamma, in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu. His ancestors had once been wealthy traders though his family lost much of its fortunes by the early 20th century. He completed his schooling from Ramanathapuram Schwartz Matriculation School and proceeded to study physics at the Saint Joseph's College, Tiruchirappalli, from where he graduated in 1954. Then he studied aerospace engineering in Madras Institute of Technology, graduating in 1960. Mr Kalam childhood ambition was to become a fighter pilot but he narrowly missed achieving his dream as he placed ninth in qualifiers, and only eight positions were available in the IAF.
" Be more dedicated to making solid achievements than in running after swift but synthetic happiness." -A.P.J Abdul Kalam
In 1960 after completing his graduation Mr Kalam joined the Aeronautical Development Establishment of the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) as a scientist. One of the first projects he worked on was to design a small helicopter for the Indian Army. Mr Kalam was famous among his colleague as a hardworking and smart person. In 1969 Kalam was transferred to the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) as a project director of India's first Satellite Launch Vehicle (SLV-III) which successfully deployed the Rohini satellite in near-earth orbit in July 1980.
" Without your involvement you can't succeed. With your involvement you can't fail. " - A.P.J Abdul Kalam
Mr Kalam got an opportunity to visit NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia; Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland in 1963 to 1964. Mr Kalam known for his effort to develop the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) and SLV-III projects, both of which proved to be successful. In the 1970s, Kalam also directed two projects, Project Devil and Project Valiant, which sought to develop ballistic missiles from the technology of the successful SLV programme. Project Devil and Project Valiant two important projects to develop ballistic missiles from the technology of the successful SLV programme under the Kalam direction earned the great respect and admiration from the scientific fraternity.
"All of us do not have equal talent. But , all of us have an equal opportunity to develop our talents.” - A.P.J Abdul Kalam
In 1980s the Integrated Guided Missile Development Program (IGMDP) was launched with Kalam as the chief executive and Under the guidance of Kalam, several missiles including Agni, an intermediate range ballistic missile and Prithvi, the tactical surface-to-surface missile, were developed in india.
Mr Kalam became the 11th president of the Republic of India on 25 July 2002 with the support of both the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and the opposition Indian National Congress. Mr Kalam was the first scientist to occupy Rashtrapati Bhawan. Mr Kalam was one of the most beloved president of india with a lot of respect from every citizen of india.
Abdul Kalam was also a noted author who had penned different books like - India 2020: A Vision for the New Millennium (1998), Wings of Fire: An Autobiography (1999), Ignited Minds: Unleashing the Power Within India (2002) and A Manifesto for Change: A Sequel to India 2020 (2014).
A.P.J. Abdul Kalam was honored with several prestigious awards from the Government of India including the Padma Bhushan in 1981, the Padma Vibhushan in 1990, and the Bharat Ratna in 1997. He was also the recipient of the Von Braun Award (2013) from the National Space Society "to recognize excellence in the management and leadership of a space-related project".
On 27 July 2015 Mr kalam was scheduled to deliver a lecture at Indian Institute of Management Shillong. Only five minutes into his lecture, he collapsed and was rushed to the Bethany Hospital where he was confirmed dead of a sudden cardiac arrest.
After his death Tamil Nadu government decided to observed his birthday as "Youth Renaissance Day" .'Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Award' also introduced for those persons who strive towards promoting scientific growth.
"Thinking should become your capital asset, no matter whatever ups and downs you come across in your life." - A.P.J Abdul Kalam
Today the india is celebrating the 1st "Youth Renaissance Day" on 15 oct 2016. Mr Kalam was a multi-faceted personality, often described as 'Missile Man' and 'Nuclear Hero' of India . He dedicated his whole life for the development of humanity and science. Mr Kalam always focused on the development of scientific temperament in the growth of every child. We all need to learn from the sacrifices and hard work that he had made for the success. According to him Failure will never overtake him if his determination to succeed is strong enough. Friends remember the golden words of A.P.J Abdul Kalam who said that : "Don’t take rest after your first victory because if you fail in second, more lips are waiting to say that your first victory was just luck ". Kalam was an incarnation of dedication and failure whose modesty and believe made him great personality of decade.
Friends life is full of ups and down but we have to cross all these obstacles successfully. Failure only make oneself strong as it open thousands other options and made one to realize about his weakness. Today we all are celebrating the birthday of our most popular president ,so we all need to learn from his failure and hard work which pave the path of success for many youth all over the world.
Happy Birthday to Dr APJ Abdul Kalam