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Kalam may become honorary professor

india Updated: Jul 15, 2007 15:03 IST
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After he demits office on July 24, President APJ Abdul Kalam is expected to go back to his first love -- teaching -- at the Madras Institute of Technology in Chennai, his alma mater.

Anna University Vice Chancellor D Viswanathan told PTI from Chennai: "President Kalam will be an honorary professor at Anna University after he demits office."

Kalam, who was professor in technology and social transformation at the university between November 2001 and June 2002 before being elected to the country's top post, is likely to teach nanotechnology and aeronautical and space engineering.

"When I met the president last week, he told me that he would like to teach students at the university. He will be an honorary professor," Viswanathan said.

Kalam is a graduate in aeronautical engineering from Madras Institute of Technology, a constituent college of Anna University.

"Though we have no clear idea about where he will put up, the university will provide him accommodation at the guesthouse during his visit," Viswanathan said.

Kalam is now guiding many Ph.D scholars in the university. Despite his busy schedule, he finds time to interact with researchers via e-mail, he said.

"Students and professors of the university are happy that the 'missile man' of India chose to be an honorary professor at our university at a time when every other varsity is ready to take his service," Viswanathan said.

Asked whether Kalam will also teach at other colleges affiliated to the university, Viswanathan said, "At present, he has expressed his desire to teach at the university and its two constituent colleges.

"If he is willing to teach at other affiliated colleges, we will certainly discuss it with the colleges concerned." Earlier, Kalam had said during an interaction with MIT students that he would like to go back to academics and teach students at various universities in the country.

But Viswanathan has no idea when Kalam will join the university. "I have no idea when he will take up his job at the university." Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has also asked Kalam to accept the post of "visitor" of the revived Nalanda University.