Apj Abdul Kalam

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A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
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This article is about the former President of India. For the freedom fighter, see Abul Kalam Azad. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
BR | | 11th President of India | In office
25 July 2002 – 24 July 2007 | Prime Minister | Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Manmohan Singh | Vice President | Bhairon Singh Shekhawat | Preceded by | K. R. Narayanan | Succeeded by | Pratibha Patil | | Born | 15 October 1931 (age 79)[1]
Rameshwaram, Madras Presidency, British India | Alma mater | Madras Institute of Technology | Profession | Aerospace engineering |
Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam (Tamil: அவுல் பகீர் ஜைனுலாப்தீன்
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The citation said that he was being recognised for: * making state-of-the-art healthcare available to the common man at affordable prices; * bringing quality medical care to rural areas by establishing a link between doctors and technocrats; * using spin-offs of defense technology to create state-of-the-art medical equipment; and * launching tele-medicine projects connecting remote rural-based hospitals to the super-specialty hospitals.
It added that he was an eminent scientist, a gifted engineer, a visionary, and a humanitarian.[12]
On 13 September 2009, he was awarded the International von Kármán Wings Award.[13]
The Government of India has honored him with some of the country's highest civilian awards: * Padma Bhushan in 1981 * Padma Vibhushan in 1990 * Bharat Ratna in 1997 for his work with the ISRO and DRDO and his role as a scientific advisor to the Indian government.
Kalam was the third President of India to be honored with a Bharat Ratna before being elected to the highest office, the other two being Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan and Zakir Hussain. He is also the first scientist and first bachelor to occupy the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
After his tenure as the President he is now a visiting professor at J.S.S. University, Mysore. He has agreed to deliver a minimum of four lectures every year.
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