Inspiring the new generation through his workings, writings and throughout his life and career, the man was a true legend of the country. A year of his departure and he still lives in our hearts as people’s president.
In the memory of “Missile Man of India” Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam on his 1st death anniversary yesterday, today on Talk back Thursday, we shed light on some of his prominent contributions to science and question ourselves,
“Are we really working sufficient enough towards the dream of India 2020?”


Born on 15th of October 1931 to a Tamil Muslim family of a boat owner, at an early age, he sold newspapers to supplement his family’s income but the thirst of knowledge, eagerness to learn and a determined passion kept him going to become a career scientist to the president of India, widely referred to as the “People’s President.”

Some of his greatest contributions to the development of science are:
1. Satellite Launch Vehicle
2. Integrated Guided Missile Development Program
3. Pokhran- ll nuclear tests
4. Kalam-Raju tablet
5. The Mission 2020


The question is, Are we progressing successfully towards the dream that the great leader had once seen?
Maybe the answer to this would be a partial yes from me. Why?

Agreed that there are certain steps and initiatives taken by the government for shaping a better nation like, i) Project Make in India(2014), aiming at more job creation and skill enhancement in the major sectors of the economy. ii) Science, Technology and Innovation policy(2013), intended to promote entrepreneurship and science- led solutions for sustainable and inclusive growth. But the problem is in spite of a having large publicly funded science and technology infrastructure and a sizeable education base, India has not been able to realise its massive potential of innovation and ideas in the youngsters of the nation.

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There should be more policies and projects aiming at developing skills, scientific thinking and approaches in the young minds of the nation. There should be initiatives creating more awareness and knowledge about the current happenings around the world in the field of science.

This can be done either by introducing such works at academic level or just like the women empowerment and other cells, creating science & technology cell at every institutional level for training students more professionally and efficiently in the field of science at an early stage. After education most of the young people are in search of jobs and hardly few of them think of getting into the field of research and technology development. This scenario might be because of the continuous hard work and patience needed in the field. They need to know that their today’s hard work will payoff huge for the welfare and development of mankind in the coming future. This thought process needs to be inculcated in the young minds which is possible efficiently only through education and awareness.

“I will not be presumptuous enough to say that my life can be a role model for anybody; but some child living in an obscure place in an underprivileged social setting may find a little solace in the way my destiny has been shaped.”
– Dr. APJ Kalam

The development that India has seen since its independence is because of science & technology and undoubtedly, even the future of the nation is science. Is the dream of India 2020 that the great man saw, possible at this pace?

These are our thoughts , do let us know yours in the comment section and leave a suggestion if you think we missed out something! Also let us know what you want to discuss on next Talk Back Thursday.

-Swathi Karamchedu


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