Avul Pakir Jainullabudeen Abdul Kalam, born on 15th October 1931, to mild-mannered yet level-headed parents, in the pilgrim island of Rameswaram, attained gradual but steady growth, through his persevering efforts and persistent endurance.
On finishing his schooling in Ramnad, he headed to Trichy for collegiate education and ultimately completed his higher studies in Chennai.
Thanks to his knowledge and dedicated work, he attained the best of positions in the highest governmental organizations of the country.
The integrity with which he carried out his missions and the purity of his heart, which had immense love for his fellow citizens, brought him unmatched popularity and millions of fans.
After winning the highest civilian awards and various honorary degrees, Dr A P J Abdul Kalam was most lovingly chosen as the 11th President of India, and he served in Rashtrapati Bhavan from July 2002 to July 2007. He was fondly called the “People’s President”.
At the end of his tenure as the President, Dr Kalam opted to continue to serve society through his favourite profession — teaching, guiding souls to achieve at least a subset of what he had achieved.
He penned down his experiences, ideas and visions, and became the author of a bestseller. He also took up the task of inspiring young minds tirelessly, through lectures backed by statistical data and action plans.
This, he did till his last breath.
All his life, he shared with family members, colleagues and admirers suggestions for personal evolution that could be achieved with a little extra effort. A remarkable talent that he possessed was to absorb ideas from every civilian he met, if they made sense.
Dr Kalam was always very affectionate to family members, guiding them in their growth, visiting his ancestral home frequently and arranging for his family members to visit him at his official residence.
His colleagues and collaborators were also treated with great warmth and affection.
In the last part of his life, he held frequent meetings with co-workers and family members, to set up an organization that would implement his vision effectively. He assigned tasks to them and advocated several ideas that had to be put into action.
He felt proud of the baby steps being taken, even though they were just minor breakthroughs. However, in just the initial stages of fulfilment of his dreams came his demise, plunging everyone into shock and grief.
To take his vision forward and keep the light burning, the Dr A P J Abdul Kalam International Foundation (AKIF) has been founded by his elder brother and family, with the support of his colleagues.
In the last couple of years of his life, Dr Kalam had shown a keen interest in celebrating the 100th birthday of his beloved elder brother, Mr A P J Mohamed Muthu Meera Maraikayar.
The family feels that it, along with his close associates, has the responsibility of taking over the activities which Dr Kalam wanted to be set in motion.Hence, Mr Maraikayar and his family members have joined hands with Dr Kalam’s peers to form the Foundation, to carry out work dear to Dr Kalam.
- Students of today form the society of tomorrow. Being a responsible yet selfless teacher is the need of the hour. Books are the best teachers, and the habit of reading good books will help develop a proper personality in every reader. There has to be a campaign to encourage every family to set up a library and allot a time slot for reading at home.
- Reading develops self-confidence in individuals, which apart from helping them to face society, also helps them to acquire jobs pertaining to their course of study. By offering them skill-based training and by establishing an interconnected network of various firms, we would help children of under-privileged families to identify sectors most apt for them.
- Jobs are the need of the hour, but what is more desirable is the emergence of social entrepreneurs from multiple domains, who would be in a position to offer employment to those who seek it. Recognition and encouragement of budding businesspeople is another technique to be adopted by us for social upgrade.
- The Earth is livable only if the environment is free from pollution and other hazards. We would crusade for this by creating an awareness of environmental safety among the student community, which would go a long way in protecting the Earth’s atmosphere.
- Agriculture forms the backbone of our nation. To bring about a revolution to support farmers, we would conduct meetings to connect farmers, agricultural scientists and students.
- Water, the elixir of life, is depleting dangerously. This has become a major problem. We would create awareness about the need for saving water and distributing it for the right needs. Rain water harvesting and dispensing the required amount to farmers might be a major contribution to a livable planet, fulfilling the fundamental needs of life on Earth.
A P J Mohamed Muthu Meera Lebbai Maraikayar (100-year-old elder brother of Dr Kalam), Chairman;
A P J M Jainullabudeen, Secretary
Dr A P J M Nazima Maraikayar, Managing Trustee
Adv A P J M S Nagoor Roja, Managing Trustee
A P J M J Sheik Dawood, Managing Trustee
Gulam Moinudeen, Managing Trustee
A P J M J Sheik Saleem, Managing Trustee
For more details, visit: https://apjabdulkalamfoundation.org/
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