Former Indian President APJ Abdul Kalam, well known as Missile man passed away on Monday evening due to Cardiac arrest while delivering a lecture at IIM Shillong. Top Scientist, Bharat Ratna and a good person Kalam turned 84 in last October, was admitted into the ICU of Bethany Hospital, however the efforts of best medical team couldn’t save him and he died at 7: 45 PM reportedly.
Hearing the news of Kalam death, thousands of civilians gathered around the hospital to see the legend’s body. The body was brought out draped in national flag under Indian Army, and then moved to Shillong Army hospital from where the body was to be flown to Guhati.
Dr. kalam has been a guest faculty at IIM Shillong for some years. He was great person along with a good teacher until the end. Salutes and Likes will not be enough for a son of India, just comment only.
Body will be taken to Delhi on 28 July and the cremation of the Former President will be performed in his birth place Rameswaram.
The central government has declared a seven days of national mourning from 27 July to 2 August.
Last Photo of Kalam with IIM Shillong Students
Childhood and Early Life
APJ Abdul Kalam was born in Rameshwaram on October 15, 1931. His childhood was not so good, he belonged to very poor family whose financial conditions were not good. Although, he started doing odd job in childhood to support his education, but never gave up on his education.
Mr. kalam graduated from St. Joseph’s college, Tiruchirappalli in 1954 but dissatisfied with his degree so left for Madras to study aerospace engineering. He enrolled at MIT (Madras Institute of Technology). He always remained unmarried throughout his life.
Awards & Achievements of APJ Abdul Kalam
- Kalam received Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan and Bharat Ratna awards from the Government of India in the years 1981, 1990 and 1997, respectively.
- In 1997, he received Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration from the Govt. of India.
- In 1998, he was honoured with Veer Savarkar Award by the Government of India.
- In 2000, the Alwars Research Centre, Chennai honoured Kalam with the Ramanujan Award.
- In 2007, Dr. Kalam was honored with the King Charles II Medal by the Royal Society, U.K.
- The California Institute of Technology, U.S.A presented Kalam with the International von Karman Wings Award in the year 2009. The same year, he got the Hoover Medal by ASME Foundation, USA.
- The IEEE honored Kalam with IEEE Honorary Membership in 2011.
- Kalam was holding honorary doctorates from 40 universities.
- In addition to this, Kalam’s 79th birthday was recognized as World Students’ Day by United Nations.