The Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) has decided to confer Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam an honorary doctorate for his devoted efforts in the field of education and research. The former president will be honoured by the title at the Varsity's convocation later this month.
Some other personalities who are also nominated for the grand honour include industrialist Ratan Tata, agricultural scientist M.S. Swaminathan, and IT major Wipro’s CEO Azim Premji.
Mr. Kalam is scheduled to appear at the convocation in Saligarh a day before the ceremony so that he can spend some time and interact with the students studying at 50 schools across the city.
Dr A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
Dr. Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam, an eminent scientist and the 11th President of India from the period 2002-2007, can be termed as the architect of modern India for his progressive and scientific visionary outlook. Kalam, popularly known as the People's President or the Missile Man of India, stresses hard on the education of children as the sole and essential tool for the growth of any nation.
For his work while working for Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), especially in missile development technologies, he was awarded India's highest civilian honours the Padma Bhushan in 1981; Padma Vibhushan in 1990; and the Bharat Ratna in 1997. To the esteem, Kalam has so far received honorary doctorate from as many as 30 national and international universities and institutions.
His inspiring words for the young Indians to think big for society and country certainly ignite minds with wings of fire in envisioning an empowered nation- India by 2020. Any honour or recognition is just a spell of his strength and courage.