Terming the demise of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, the eleventh President and the ‘Missile Man’ of India, not only the ‘end of an era’ but also a personal loss to all, who regarded him as their inspiration, the management, staff and students of Spring Dale Senior School observed two minutes’ silence in the memory of the departed soul.
Accompanied by their teachers, the students paid rich tributes to Dr Kalam by lighting candles in front of his portrait. Addressing the students, Mr Rajiv Kumar Sharma, Principal, said that Dr Kalam was truly an inspiration for many, particularly students, as he came from an economically weak background and had to start working at an early age to help his family make ends meet.
Stating that as a student, Dr Kalam obtained average grades, but was often described as a bright and hardworking pupil as he had a strong desire to learn and spend hours on his studies, especially mathematics.
“He started his career by designing a small helicopter for the Indian Army, at DRDO. In 1969, he was transferred to the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) where he was the project director of India's first Satellite Launch Vehicle (SLV-III) which successfully deployed the Rohini satellite in near-earth orbit in July 1980,” Mr Sharma said.
“He won the 2002 Presidential election with an electoral vote of 922,884. He served as President of India from 25 July 2002 to 25 July 2007,” he added. Stating that the school would organize designated class assemblies celebrating the life of the former President of India to apprise the students of his legacy, Mr Sharma added that no one could fill the void created by Dr Kalam’s death.
Terming Dr Kalam as the architect of India’s nuclear capability, Dr Kirat Sandhu Cheema, Director, Spring Dale Senior School, and Mr Sahiljit Singh Sandhu, Managing Trustee, Spring Dale Educational Society, said that Dr Kalam was truly a youth icon as he liked being in the company of young people. “He was truly a ‘People’s President’ and the ‘Man of the Masses’. His demise is no less than a personal loss to all, who regarded him as their inspiration,” they said.
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