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Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam - India's wings of fire
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Mr Chandan Bhalla

Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam - India's wings of fire


"A dream is not that which you see while sleeping, it is something that does not let you sleep"

Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam is known as the father of the Indian missile technology. He brought dignity to whatever disciple he touched even politics. He served as India's 11th president from 2002 to 2007 and was undoubtedly one of the most loved politicians of the country. He was a man with many personalities and traits, he was a genius scientist, a notable teacher, an enlightening motivational speaker, and an inspirational figure to be remembered till ages.

Reforming education:

He always believed in education and its vitality, in his own words, the greatest honor anyone can give him is by remembering him as a good teacher. According to Dr. Abdul Kalam education is an endless journey through knowledge and enlightenment. He strongly believed and advocated the fact that our education system should be such frames to retain a smile on the faces of children. He also believed that education must build character and inculcate human values in students.

He believed that the curriculum should be based upon science and technology and according to him the best possible method to impart education is by imparting behavioral patterns. He always believed that teaching is a noble profession that shapes the caliber, skills, and personalities of students which means it shapes the future of a nation. He stated that universities are prime knowledge generation centers of the nation and quality of education is linked to the development of the country.

A rose that grew from concrete:

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. He rose from the ghettos of the dark poverty and became a national figure, Kalam grew up in humble surroundings and had to take up a job while he was still in school to augment his family's meager income he distributed newspapers to help his father in providing for the family.

A bright young boy, with a zest for quenching his thirst for knowledge and learn new concepts, Kalam completed his schooling from Ramanathapuram Schwartz MatriculationSchool and proceeded to study physics at the Saint Joseph's College, Tiruchirappalli, from where he graduated in 1954. Then he pursued Aerospace Engineering from Madras institute of technology and graduated in 1960. His childhood ambition was to become a fighter pilot and he did achieve this by flying a fighter jet when he was the President.

  A forever teacher:

He was a forever teacher, according to him, teachers and educational institutes are the reservoirs of knowledge that help the transition of a person from  ' what you can do for me to what I can do fo you '. 

His tryst with education was so firmly destined that he even took his last breath delivering a lecture at IIM Shillong, where he suffered a severe heart attack.

 He was passionate about teaching, and it is well-known that he served as the chancellor of the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology and a visiting professor at various prestigious institutions of higher learning.

An endless reservoir of wisdom :


  1. A teacher should have a creative mind only then he could induce this creativity in students.
  2. The bird is powered by its own life and by its motivation to thrive and fly to touch the sky.
  3. All of us do not have equal talent. But, all of us have an equal opportunity to develop our talents.
  4. One of the very important characteristics of a student is to question. Let the students ask questions.
  5. Without your involvement, you can’t succeed. With your involvement, you can’t fail.
  6. God, our Creator, has stored within our minds and personalities, great potential strength and ability. Prayer helps us tap and develop these powers
  7. Excellence is a continuous process and not an accident. 

He wrote some highly regarded and inspirational books also in which he described is perspectives and experiences some of them are listed in the site below :





Scholarship in India, Scholars of India, Education, Scholarship


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