100+ events planned to commemorate APJ Abdul Kalam’s 2nd death anniversary

Ramanathapuram: A total of 112 events spread over seven days have been planned by the family of late President A P J Abdul Kalam to commemorate his second death anniversary. The events will take place under the banner of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam International Foundation. Beginning from school and college-level competitions on Abdul Kalam, the list includes relay and marathon race (Madurai to Rameswaram), launch of a newspaper, library inauguration in his name at the government school, eye checkup and organ donation camp. The events will be inaugurated on July 20 and is scheduled to take place till July 27.

Many events are centred around students because he loved their company, says Dr A P J M Nazema Maraikayar, Kalam’s niece. The foundation has sent out posters to schools to organise the competitions among students in their institutions. Some of the major events during the seven days are distribution of wheelchairs and drought kit to farmers; say no to plastic and distribution of jute bags; release of Kalam’s memorial anthem and honouring labourers involved in the construction of his memorial, she said.

Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Memorial Lecture organised by CII and Dr APJ Abdul Kalam International Foundation

Dr R Chidambaram, Principal Scientific Advisor, and Chairman, Scientific Advisory Committee to the Cabinet delivered the First Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Memorial Lecture organised by CII and Dr APJ Abdul Kalam International Foundation, today in New Delhi. He outlined future areas of research such as big data analytics, high-tech startups, etc and stressed that industry and institutes need to be in ‘thermal equilibrium’ to translate research into commercial applications.

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Dr Chidambaram said that India enjoys high range of technological capabilities. He cited the example of large industries working directly with research industries on technologies resulting in products. For smaller industries, knowledge has to be imparted from large industries to small industries which would in turn develop products.

Dr Chidambaram also provided examples of excellence of commercialization of Indian R&D such as launch of 74 satellites from 20 countries by ISRO.

The lecture also covered energy and water security and rural technologies. Dr Chidambaram mentioned trends including high-tech start-ups in advanced manufacturing and machine tool sector and analytics of big data. Open technologies such as the world wide web would propel the country into the future. He concluded by saying that India should introduce novel technologies by taking some risk.

Ms Shobana Kamineni, President Designate, CII and Executive Vice Chairperson, Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Ltd., touched upon Dr Kalam’s interaction with CII in science and technology. He was the first chairman of CII National Council on Technology in 1998 and encouraged CII’s initiatives in technology. These have grown from strength to strength in many areas including nanotechnology, design, Intellectual Property Rights, innovation and entrepreneurship. She added that the best way to pay tribute to Dr. Kalam is to work on the areas of science and technology to result in innovative products and solutions for the society.

The event also hosted a panel discussion on Technology Trends and Future Research Directions for India  with eminent experts including Prof Pankaj Chandra, Chairman, Board of Management, Ahmedabad University; Dr T Ramasami, Former Secretary, Department of Science & Technology, GoI; Dr S Guruprasad, Outstanding Scientist & CC R&D (PC&SI), Defence Research & Development Organization (DRDO); Mr Kiran Karnik, Former President, NASSCOM, and Mr Salil Singhal, Chairman & Managing Director, PI Industries Ltd.

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Dr APJM Nazima Marakayar, niece of Dr Abdul Kalam and Managing Trustee, APJ Abdul Kalam International Foundation, said that we have to work together in the areas of science and technology including some of the favourite areas of solar and space. Mr APJMJ Sheik Dawood, Mr APJMJ Sheik Saleem and Mr G K Moinudeen, family members and Managing Trustees of APJ Abdul Kalam International Foundation also attended the event.

Thoothukudi boy wins Young Scientist India title

Space Kidz India in association with Moscow Aviation Institute and Abdul Kalam International Foundation held the grand finale of Young Scientist India-2016.

Sa Siva Suriya of Thoothukudi emerged the winner. Cosmonaut Wing Commander (Retd) Rakesh Sharma and Alexy Vascow Deputy Consul General of the Russian federation, South India, were the chief guests at the event.

“Students have to contribute to the efforts of humans setting out to space. They have to evince more interest in innovating along the lines, where we haven’t made any headway”, said cosmonaut Rakesh Sharma at the ‘Young Scientist India-2016’ held at Russian Centre of Science and Culture on Monday. Calling the current generation as the lucky ones, he said, “Humanity is going to reclaim space after a long gap, as Earth cannot support the lifestyle we are living now. Therefore, exploration other planets to find whether it is fit for living will be mulled seriously in the future.” Thoothukudi-boy-wins-Young-Scientist-India-title
The event organised by the Space Kidz India in association with Moscow Aviation Institute and Abdul Kalam International Foundation, was aimed at providing a platform for budding scientists and bridge the void created by brain drain in the country. A student of Kamaraj Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Thoothukudi, Sa Siva Suriya, emerged winner of the title among the 586 projects sent from across the country. He created a solar-powered processor that can mill an acre in one-and half hours. It is aimed towards helping the small farmers in increasing their productivity.