October 15 is celebrated as the birth anniversary of Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, the 11th President of India, and a distinguished scientist known as the “People’s President” and the “Missile Man of India.” Dr. Kalam played a crucial role in India’s space and defense programs and made significant contributions to the country’s scientific and technological advancements.
Born on October 15, 1931, in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, Dr. Kalam studied physics and aerospace engineering. He spent several decades as a scientist and science administrator, contributing to the Defense Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). He played a pivotal role in India’s civilian space program and military missile development efforts, earning him the title “Missile Man of India.”
Dr. Kalam’s contributions extended to India’s Pokhran-II nuclear tests in 1998, marking a significant milestone in the country’s nuclear capabilities. His leadership, vision, and dedication to science and education made him a revered figure in India and beyond.
In 2002, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam became the 11th President of India, serving a term until 2007. He was known for his down-to-earth and approachable demeanor, earning him the title “People’s President.” After his presidency, he continued to focus on education, writing, and public service.
Dr. Kalam received numerous awards and honors during his lifetime, including the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honor. His vision, values, and commitment to the welfare of the nation continue to inspire millions of people around the world.
On his birth anniversary, tributes are paid to Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam for his remarkable contributions to science, technology, education, and the overall progress of India. His legacy lives on, and his teachings continue to motivate future generations to strive for excellence and contribute to the betterment of society.