Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam was hailed as an Indian scientist who served the President’s term from 2002 to 2007. He studied aerospace engineering and physics and his last four decades were spent as an administrator of science. He was also hailed as the ‘Missile Man of India’ because of his tremendous effort in missile development. He was bestowed with many prestigious honors among which Bharat Ratna is also included.
Career as the President of India, a Scientist, and, a Fondness for Education and Students
A.P.J Abdul Kalam won the election of President in 2002 by surpassing mammoth votes. He was backed by the parties of the National Congress and the Samajwadi Party. He received the highest civilian honor Bharat Ratna. Occupying the seat of Rashtrapati Bhavan he was indeed the first bachelor and the first scientist as well.
Also, For the Indian army, A.P.J Abdul Kalam designed a mini helicopter. A breakthrough came when he was transferred to ISRO catering to the project of SLV-III and the representative of TBRL. In the 1980s, his extensive research work and development brought many accolades and laurels to his name. From July 1992 onwards he served as the Chief Scientific Adviser to the then Prime Minister. His role in the field of technological and political field is remarkable during the nuclear tests of Pokhran-II.
After retiring from the post of scientific adviser in 1999, his main mission was to interact with as many as 100,000 students. He felt joy in meeting with the youth of the country, particularly the high school students. He found a way to ignite their mind for the development of India.
Major Failure In His Life
Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam’s first major project at ISRO was the SLV-3 which had failed in 1979 when it had been launched for the first time. He gave a motivational speech after this incident in which he talked about the role of a team leader and how to handle success and failure.
His thought on the failure of SLV-3…
“When failure occurred, the leader of the organization owned that failure. When success came, he gave it to his team. The best management lesson I have learned did not come to me from reading a book; it came from that experience,”
A year later, in 1980, he re-launched the SLV-3, successfully. Thereafter, he launched various missiles and became the ‘Missile Man of India. Elected as the President of India in 2002, with the support of both the ruling party as well as the opposition, he served till 2007. He was always humble and down to the earthly person
Some Of The Inspirational Quotes of Dr. Abdul Kalam
- You have to dream before your dreams can come true.
- A dream is not that which you see while sleeping, it is something that does not let you sleep.
- You should not give up and we should not allow the problem to defeat us.
- All of us do not have equal talent. But, all of us have an equal opportunity to develop our talents.
- Man needs difficulties in life because they are necessary to enjoy success.
- Don’t take a rest after your first victory because if you fail in seconds, more lips are waiting to say that your first victory was just luck.
- Let us sacrifice our today so that our children can have a better tomorrow.
- The best brains of the nation may be found on the last benches of the classroom.