New Delhi, October 15: While addressing a function to mark the "World Students' Day" on the eve of 84th birth anniversary of former President, Late Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Union Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Dr. Jitendra Singh said that Dr. Kalam always stimulated young minds with new ideas and groomed young scientists with a passion.
The function was organized by Forum for Awareness of National Security (FANS) and attended by children from some of the leading schools of Delhi who also presented a song and dance show eulogizing the diverse and great quality of Dr. A.P.J. Kalam.
During his address, Singh stated the best tribute to his memory would therefore be to discover, encourage and promote young scientific minds who have an inherent aptitude to carry forward the rich scientific tradition laid down by Dr. Kalam and his contemporaries.
Singh recalled that Dr. Kalam had started working on carcinogens or cancer causing agents and if he had lived a little longer, he could have been a distinguished faculty in one of the medical conferences.
He also mentioned that what is most gratifying is that Dr. Kalam died doing the kind of work that he loved the most.When he breathed his last, he was lecturing the students and suddenly stopped. What made him great was not only his calibre as a scientist but also his simplicity, humility and flare to share dreams with children, he added.
Recalling his personal association with the Late President, Dr. Jitendra Singh said that it is a lesser known fact that in the last few years of his life, Dr. Kalam had deviated into research in medical science, even though formally he had never been a student of medical science and said that this only reflected his constant curiosity to keep on venturing into new vistas of work.