Dr.Kalam

Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

Dr.A.P.J.Abdul Kalam

(Former President of India)

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 operationalisation 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.

Dr. Kalam became the 11th President of India on 25th July 2002. His focus is on transforming India into a developed nation by 2020.

By, Dr. APJ Abdulkalam
http://www.abdulkalam.com

Some of the Golden Quotes of Dr.A.P.J.Abdul Kalam:

As a child of God, I am greater than anything that can happen to me.

Be more dedicated to making solid achievements than in running after swift but synthetic happiness.

Climbing to the top demands strength, whether it is to the top of Mount Everest or to the top of your career.

Do we not realize that self respect comes with self reliance?

Educationists should build the capacities of the spirit of inquiry, creativity, entrepreneurial and moral leadership among students and become their role model.

English is necessary as at present original works of science are in English. I believe that in two decades times original works of science will start coming out in our languages. Then we can move over like the Japanese.

God, our Creator, has stored within our minds and personalities, great potential strength and ability. Prayer helps us tap and develop these powers.

Great dreams of great dreamers are always transcended.

I was willing to accept what I couldn’t change.

If a country is to be corruption free and become a nation of beautiful minds, I strongly feel there are three key societal members who can make a difference. They are the father, the mother and the teacher.

If we are not free, no one will respect us.

In India we only read about death, sickness, terrorism, crime.

It means, people who are in high and responsible positions, if they go against righteousness, righteousness itself will get transformed into a destroyer.

Let us sacrifice our today so that our children can have a better tomorrow.

Life is a difficult game. You can win it only by retaining your birthright to be a person.

Look at the sky. We are not alone. The whole universe is friendly to us and conspires only to give the best to those who dream and work.

Man needs his difficulties because they are necessary to enjoy success.

My view is that at a younger age your optimism is more and you have more imagination etc. You have less bias.

No religion has mandated killing others as a requirement for its sustenance or promotion.

Tell me, why is the media here so negative? Why are we in India so embarrassed to recognise our own strengths, our achievements? We are such a great nation. We have so many amazing success stories but we refuse to acknowledge them. Why?

Those who cannot work with their hearts achieve but a hollow, half-hearted success that breeds bitterness all around.

To succeed in your mission, you must have single-minded devotion to your goal.

Unless India stands up to the world, no one will respect us. In this world, fear has no place. Only strength respects strength.

We have not invaded anyone. We have not conquered anyone. We have not grabbed their land, their culture, their history and tried to enforce our way of life on them.

We must think and act like a nation of a billion people and not like that of a million people. Dream, dream, dream!

We should not give up and we should not allow the problem to defeat us.

We will be remembered only if we give to our younger generation a prosperous and safe India, resulting out of economic prosperity coupled with civilizational heritage.

Why are we, as a nation so obsessed with foreign things? Is it a legacy of our colonial years? We want foreign television sets. We want foreign shirts. We want foreign technology. Why this obsession with everything imported?

You have to dream before your dreams can come true.

“You have to dream before your dreams can come true.”
“To succeed in your mission, you must have single-minded devotion to your goal.”
“As a child of God, I am greater than anything that can happen to me.”

“Be more dedicated to making solid achievements than in running after swift but synthetic happiness.”

“Great dreams of great dreamers are always transcended.”

“Climbing to the top demands strength, whether it is to the top of Mount Everest or to the top of your career.”
“I was willing to accept what I couldn’t change.”
“Do we not realize that self respect comes with self reliance?”
“We should not give up and we should not allow the problem to defeat us.”

“God, our Creator, has stored within our minds and personalities, great potential strength and ability. Prayer helps us tap and develop these powers.”

“Man needs his difficulties because they are necessary to enjoy success.”

“We have not invaded anyone. We have not conquered anyone. We have not grabbed their land, their culture, their history and tried to enforce our way of life on them.”

“Those who cannot work with their hearts achieve but a hollow, half-hearted success that breeds bitterness all around.”
“Life is a difficult game. You can win it only by retaining your birthright to be a person.”
“There are forces in life working for you and against you. One must distinguish the beneficial forces from the malevolent ones and choose correctly between them.”

“To line only for some unknown future is superficial.”

“The Earth is the most powerful and energetic planet.”
“On behalf of the Government and people of India and on my own behalf, I would like to convey to you and to the people of Pakistan our heartfelt sympathies.”
“If we are not free, no one will respect us.”
“Look at the sky. We are not alone. The whole universe is friendly to us and conspires only to give the best to those who dream and work.”
“No religion has mandated killing others as a requirement for its sustenance or promotion.”
“Unless India stands up to the world, no one will respect us. In this world, fear has no place. Only strength respects strength.”
“In India we only read about death, sickness, terrorism, crime.”
“It means, people who are in high and responsible positions, if they go against righteousness, righteousness itself will get transformed into a destroyer.”

“Let us sacrifice our today so that our children can have a better tomorrow.”

“We must think and act like a nation of a billion people and not like that of a million people. Dream, dream, dream!”
“Why are we, as a nation so obsessed with foreign things? Is it a legacy of our colonial years? We want foreign television sets. We want foreign shirts. We want foreign technology. Why this obsession with everything imported?”
“Nuclear deterrents on both sides have helped avert a war,”
“The military will be testing for HIV in new recruits and undertake pre-natal examination of wives of personnel in the services,”
“The right signal is that technology is going to boost (economic) development of our nation,”
“These changes will have a major impact on the fiscal deficit of states, apart from bringing down the costs of doing business,”
“Not to allow problems to rule you.”
“The entire country is with you,”

“You have done a wonderful job,”

“Our nation is facing a major challenge of uplifting 260 million people who are below poverty line and we have to give better life for many millions who are on border line of poverty or just above the poverty line. To meet the needs of one billion people we have the mission of transforming India into a developed nation …. We have identified five areas where India has a core competence on integrated action for agriculture, food processing, education and health care, reliable and quality electric power, surface transport and infrastructure for all parts of the country, information technology and other strategic sectors.”
“Convergence of our views on global trade issues under the WTO and our common resolve to combat terrorism provide a valuable base for mutual understanding.”

“Nuclear power generation has been given a thrust by the use of uranium-based fuel [which US is set to supply to India if the deal comes through]. However, there would be a requirement for ten-fold increase in nuclear power generation even to attain a reasonable degree of energy self-sufficiency for our country.”

“India must achieve the real goal?that is energy independence or an economy which will function well within total freedom from oil, gas or coal imports.”
“The product being internationally competitive it is able to service a large market with availability in time and state of the art performance at reduced costs per unit.”
As a child of God, I am greater than anything that can happen to me.

Be more dedicated to making solid achievements than in running after swift but synthetic happiness.

Climbing to the top demands strength, whether it is to the top of Mount Everest or to the top of your career.

Do we not realize that self respect comes with self reliance?

Educationists should build the capacities of the spirit of inquiry, creativity, entrepreneurial and moral leadership among students and become their role model.

English is necessary as at present original works of science are in English. I believe that in two decades times original works of science will start coming out in our languages. Then we can move over like the Japanese.

God, our Creator, has stored within our minds and personalities, great potential strength and ability. Prayer helps us tap and develop these powers.

Great dreams of great dreamers are always transcended.

I was willing to accept what I couldn’t change.

If a country is to be corruption free and become a nation of beautiful minds, I strongly feel there are three key societal members who can make a difference. They are the father, the mother and the teacher.

If we are not free, no one will respect us.

In India we only read about death, sickness, terrorism, crime.

It means, people who are in high and responsible positions, if they go against righteousness, righteousness itself will get transformed into a destroyer.

Let us sacrifice our today so that our children can have a better tomorrow.

Life is a difficult game. You can win it only by retaining your birthright to be a person.

Look at the sky. We are not alone. The whole universe is friendly to us and conspires only to give the best to those who dream and work.

Man needs his difficulties because they are necessary to enjoy success.

My view is that at a younger age your optimism is more and you have more imagination etc. You have less bias.

No religion has mandated killing others as a requirement for its sustenance or promotion.

Tell me, why is the media here so negative? Why are we in India so embarrassed to recognise our own strengths, our achievements? We are such a great nation. We have so many amazing success stories but we refuse to acknowledge them. Why?

Those who cannot work with their hearts achieve but a hollow, half-hearted success that breeds bitterness all around.

To succeed in your mission, you must have single-minded devotion to your goal.

Unless India stands up to the world, no one will respect us. In this world, fear has no place. Only strength respects strength.

We have not invaded anyone. We have not conquered anyone. We have not grabbed their land, their culture, their history and tried to enforce our way of life on them.

We must think and act like a nation of a billion people and not like that of a million people. Dream, dream, dream!

We should not give up and we should not allow the problem to defeat us.

We will be remembered only if we give to our younger generation a prosperous and safe India, resulting out of economic prosperity coupled with civilizational heritage.

Why are we, as a nation so obsessed with foreign things? Is it a legacy of our colonial years? We want foreign television sets. We want foreign shirts. We want foreign technology. Why this obsession with everything imported?

You have to dream before your dreams can come true.

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