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January 18, 2012

A special lecture by Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, the former President of India at Sarvodaya Headquarters


Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, the former President of India and a man who has been recognized by people world over as a great inspirational figure will visit the Sarvodaya Movement on the 22nd of January, 2012. We are indeed humbled to welcome Dr. Kalam to Sarvodaya and consider his visit itself a great recognition for the grassroots work that Sarvodaya leads. Dr. Kalam will visit Sri Lanka on an official invitation extended by the Government of Sri Lanka.

Honoured with Bharath Ratna, India’s highest civilian award in 1997, Dr. Kalam during this upcoming visit will headline an inspiring guest lecture titled ‘What we can do?’ at Sarvodaya Headquarters at 9 a. m. at Sarvodaya Headquarters. ‘Listening to a lecture of his calibre will be a rare experience’ Dr. Vinya Ariyaratne, the Generall Secretary of Sarvodaya says.

A hero among the youth of India, Dr. Kalam who lead India’s technological advancement over many years now dedicates his life towards creating a world fit for Children.

Born on 15th October 1931 at Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu, Dr. Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam, specialized in Aeronautical Engineering from Madras Institute of Technology. Dr. Kalam made significant contribution as Project Director to develop India’s first indigenous Satellite Launch Vehicle (SLV-III) which successfully injected the Rohini satellite in the near earth orbit in July 1980 and made India an exclusive member of Space Club. He was responsible for the evolution of ISRO’s launch vehicle programme, particularly the PSLV configuration. After working for two decades in ISRO and mastering launch vehicle technologies, Dr. Kalam took up the responsibility of developing Indigenous Guided Missiles at Defence Research and Development Organisation as the Chief Executive of Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP).

He was responsible for the development and operationalization of AGNI and PRITHVI Missiles and for building indigenous capability in critical technologies through networking of multiple institutions. He was the Scientific Adviser to Defence Minister and Secretary, Department of Defence Research & Development from July 1992 to December 1999. During this period he led to the weaponisation of strategic missile systems and the Pokhran-II nuclear tests in collaboration with Department of Atomic Energy, which made India a nuclear weapon State. He also gave thrust to self-reliance in defence systems by progressing multiple development tasks and mission projects such as Light Combat Aircraft.

As Chairman of Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC) and as an eminent scientist, he led the country with the help of 500 experts to arrive at Technology Vision 2020 giving a road map for transforming India from the present developing status to a developed nation. Dr. Kalam has served as the Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India, in the rank of Cabinet Minister, from November 1999 to November 2001 and was responsible for evolving policies, strategies and missions for many development applications. Dr. Kalam was also the Chairman, Ex-officio, of the Scientific Advisory Committee to the Cabinet (SAC-C) and piloted India Millennium Mission 2020.

Dr. Kalam took up academic pursuit as Professor, Technology & Societal Transformation at Anna University, Chennai from November 2001 and was involved in teaching and research tasks. Above all he took up a mission to ignite the young minds for national development by meeting high school students across the country.

In his literary pursuit four of Dr. Kalam’s books – “Wings of Fire”, “India 2020 – A Vision for the New Millennium”, “My journey” and “Ignited Minds – Unleashing the power within India” have become household names in India and among the Indian nationals abroad. These books have been translated in many Indian languages.

Dr. Kalam is one of the most distinguished scientists of India with the unique honour of receiving honorary doctorates from 30 universities and institutions. He has been awarded the coveted civilian awards – Padma Bhushan (1981) and Padma Vibhushan (1990) and the highest civilian award Bharat Ratna (1997). He is a recipient of several other awards and Fellow of many professional institutions.

A limited number of open invitations are available for the general public. Please contact Ms. Janaki on 2655255 before 20th January, 2012 for early reservations.


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