On extremely sad demise of Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, BrightMinds is sharing some facts & inspirational quotes by him. Lets enlighten ourselves by the valuable learnings shared by Dr. Kalam with young students of India all through his life.

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>>1931: Born Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam on October 15, in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu.

Kalam’s father was a boat owner in Rameswaram, his mother a housewife, and a young Kalam distributed newspapers at one time to support his family and his education.

In his school years, he had average grades, but was described as a bright and hard working student who had a strong desire to learn and spend hours on his studies, especially mathematics.

>>1954: Graduates in Physics from Saint Joseph’s College, Tiruchirappalli, in 1954.

>>1960: Gains degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Madras Institute of Technology.

After graduating from the Madras Institute of Technology (MIT – Chennai) in 1960, he joined DRDO as a scientist. He started his career by designing a small helicopter for the Indian Army.

Kalam was one of the few young scientists sent by Dr Vikram Sarabhai for training of ‘sounding rockets’ at the National Aeronautics Space Agency in the US.

>>1969: Transferred to ISRO from the DRDO.

>>1980: India enters the space club by putting the Rohini satellite in the near earth orbit with the first indigenous Satellite Launch Vehicle (SLV-III), developed under the stewardship of Dr. Kalam.

>>1980s-1990s: As the chief of the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme, he was responsible for the development and operationalisation of AGNI and PRITHVI Missiles.

>>1992-1999: works as Chief Scientific Advisor to the PM and Secretary of the DRDO.

>>1998: India conducts the Pokhran II nuclear tests in May with Dr. Kalam as the chief project coordinator.

>>1999-2001: Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India.

>>2002-2007: President of India

One of the most loved Presidents, he was also known as the People’s President. He was the first occupant of the Rashtrapati Bhawan who connected to masses, particularly the youth, who accessed him via the internet.

After his term, he returned to a life of education, writing, and public service. He received several prestigious awards, including the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honor.

A role model for students and young people Kalam was always happy to be among them and educational institutions. He breathed his last in the premises of an educational institution.

To succeed in your mission, you must have single-minded devotion to your goal.
Man needs his difficulties because they are necessary to enjoy success.
We should not give up and we should not allow the problem to defeat us.
It is very easy to defeat someone, but it is very hard to win someone.
If you want to shine like a sun. First burn like a sun.
All of us do not have equal talent. But , all of us have an equal opportunity to develop our talents.
Dream is not that which you see while sleeping it is something that does not let you sleep.

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