Remembering India’s ‘Missile Man’ on his third death anniversary

New Delhi: On his third death anniversary, the nation on Friday paid homage to Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, who is fondly remembered as the ‘People’s President’ and the ‘Missile Man of India’.

Born on October 15, 1931, in Tamil Nadu’s Rameswaram, Dr Kalam served as the 11th President of India between 2002 and 2007.

On this occasion, the APJ Abdul Kalam Centre, along with Kalam Technical University, organised Kalam Livable Planet Conclave (KLP)-2018 in New Delhi.

During the programme, it was announced that the organisation is conducting a four-day event across different centers in India.

The event will witness the undertaking of several social initiatives which will include opening of free libraries in Gujarat, launch of ‘Right to Water’ website and an initiative to encourage startups.

Along with the ‘State of Water’ report, educational and infotainment material such as Water Warriors Games Kit and Comics were also unveiled as a part of the Right to Water initiative.

NITI Aayog’s Vice-Chairman, who was the Chief Guest at the event, stressed on the importance of water conservation, while highlighting that 83% of water is used for agricultural purposes in our country.

” As per the NITI Aayog report on Composite Water Management Index, 600 million people live in the water-stressed area and by 2030 the demand for water will be doubled. We need to take initiative for it,” he added.

Complementing his views, the Co-Founder and CEO of Kalam Centre, Srijan Pal Singh said, “He (Kalam) spent most of his life days in a room measuring up to 100 square feet, thinking development of the country. One of his visions was the right to clean water and we support it.”

Apart from the social initiatives, a 12-month fellowship programme was launched for graduates under the age of 35. It aims to provide youth with opportunity of personal transformation through self-discovery.

APJ Abdul Kalam Centre was formed as a tribute to Dr. Kalam after his sudden demise on July 27, 2015.