From Nehru Centre to KJ Somaiya College of Engineering and HR College, the HT Café team trailed former president APJ Abdul Kalam on an enlightening journey across the city.
At 10 am, Nehru Science Centre looked like a happy waiting area for kids, who, while hanging around the auditorium area for Kalam, made greeting cards for the scientist and mulled over questions to ask him, even though, as a student pointed out, “Just a plain hand shake from the man himself is enough.”
“It’s so inspiring to hear Abdul Kalam sir talk on how studying science can expand our horizons. I want to follow in his footsteps. His words gave me goose bumps,” said 13-year-old Ananya Chatterjee who travelled all the way from Haryana just to hear Kalam speak.
His words of wisdom
* At National Centre of Science, APJ Abdul Kalam said that he had suggested that the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and US space agency NASA should deploy a robotic penetrator in ‘Chandrayaan-II’ mission to study more about the presence of water molecules on moon.
* Citing an example of how in 1954, while in the third year of aeronautical engineering in the Madras Institute of Technology, his friends and he succeeded in designing a low level attack aircraft, he appealed students to be equipped enough to assemble integrated systems. Apart from designing new innovations with multiple applications, he urged them to take up causes in rural areas and thin the urban-rural line.
* Kalam then spoke about the turbulence in the global economy and how India managed to stay afloat in such a time of crisis and maintained a 6.5 per cent GDP.
At KJ Somaiya College of Engineering, Ghatkopar, that is celebrating its Golden Jubilee year, Kalam invited budding engineers to assist on Chandrayaan II.
“Knowledge as is summation of creativity, righteousness in heart and courage,” said Kalam while urging varsities in India to increase research capacity so that the country’s youth can take up pure sciences.
At HR College, Kalam spoke of instilling righteousness and contributing to the society by not just being employment-seekers but employment-generators.