Tamil Nadu to mark Kalam's birthday as Youth Renaissance Day
Tamil Nadu government said on Friday, it would constitute 'Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Award' dedicated to scientific development in the state. Also, his birthday would be observed as "Youth Renaissance Day".
Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa said she has issued directions to constitute the award to be given to persons striving towards promoting scientific growth, humanities and students' welfare. The award would be given away during Independence Day every year and will carry an 8-gram gold medal, Rs 5 lakh in cash and a citation.
This was in line with Tamil Nadu government's policy of creating a 'Strong India and Resourceful Tamil Nadu', and would be presented to a person hailing from the Tamil Nadu, said Jayalalithaa in a statement in Chennai.
Further, October 15, Kalam's birthday, would henceforth be observed as 'Youth Renaissance Day' by the Tamil Nadu government, she said.
"Abdul Kalam always wanted to remain a teacher. He was a driving force behind the growth of youth by his enlightening remarks that struck a chord with students," she said while recalling his contributions towards India's growth.
While tracing his humble origins, 'Amma' said, "Kalam was a multi-faceted personality, often described as 'Missile Man' and 'Nuclear Hero'.
His hard work and dedication not only made him a veteran scientist, but also the President, she said, adding, he had a vision that the country should become a superpower by 2020."
Kalam died on July 27 in Shillong and was laid to rest at his native Rameswaram in the state with full state honours on Thursday, with thousands of people attending his funeral. But Jayalalithaa did not attend the last rites performed in her state due to her ill-health.