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Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam’s remarkable journey

Commemorating APJ Abdul Kalam’s Birth Anniversary: The Remarkable Journey of the Missile Man

Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, also known as Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam, was an eminent Indian scientist, engineer, and statesman, renowned for his service as a former president, leaving an indelible mark on India and the world. He ascended from humble beginnings to become one of the most beloved and respected figures in India. His birth occurred on October 15, 1931, in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu.

Dr. APJ Kalam’s illustrious career earned him the moniker “Missile Man of India.” As the eleventh president of India, he never ceased to inspire his fellow countrymen with his vision of a self-reliant and prosperous India. Tragically, on July 27, 2015, Kalam passed away from a heart attack while delivering a speech in Shillong, marking the end of a career that spanned over forty years at the DRDO.

Born into a modest Tamil Muslim family, Kalam was the youngest of four siblings. His father, Jainulabdeen, was a boat owner, while his mother, Ashiamma, was a homemaker. Kalam’s early education began in Rameswaram, laying the foundation for his academic journey.

He completed his education at Schwartz Higher Secondary School in Ramanathapuram, excelling in school despite the family’s limited means, driven by his unwavering thirst for knowledge. Kalam was an avid reader, perpetually curious about global affairs.

Following his school years, Kalam pursued a physics degree at Saint Joseph’s College in Tiruchirappalli. After completing his undergraduate studies in 1954, he enrolled in the aeronautical engineering program at the Madras Institute of Technology (MIT). During his time at MIT, Kalam’s brilliance and intellect shone, capturing the attention of his professors and peers.

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