Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) paid rich tributes to Former President of India and former DRDO Chief, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam on his 85th Birth Anniversary at a gala function held in Kothari Auditorium at DRDO Bhawan on October 15, 2016.
For the first time, students from various schools of Delhi were also invited at DRDO Bhawan on this occasion. The purpose was to motivate the children with the diverse and great qualities of Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, who had special affinity for children and youth of the country. Young scientists from various DRDO labs were also invited.
Dr W Selvamurthy, former Chief Controller of DRDO and a renowned scientist graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. Shri GS Malik, Distinguished Scientist & Chief Controller at DRDO delivered the welcome address where he remembered Dr Kalam who gave the Mantra of self-reliance in Defence Technology.
Dr Manas K Mandal, Distinguished Scientist & Director General (Life Sciences) at DRDO also delivered the lecture and described Dr Kalam as a leader who was born to bring the change. He also motivated the audience particularly students to make consistent effort towards innovation.
Dr Selvamurthy in his address cherished the days of his association with Dr Kalam in DRDO, and termed him as a Personality- easy to admire, difficult to emulate. He described Dr Kalam as a man of ethos and values. Dr Selvamurthy, said in his speech that the day is very special for the students as the UN has declared October 15 as World Students Day. He delivered a very inspirational presentation in a lucid way and concluded his talk by asking everyone to take an oath to imbibe the qualities of Dr Kalam in their life.
Later, the children were taken to visit the Museum at DRDO Bhawan, where the students took keen interest in the life and work of Dr Kalam depicted in the gallery. The function concluded with the recitation of National Anthem.