The former President collapsed during a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management at around 6.30 PM on Monday.
LIVE | He was a teacher, he was an inspiration, he was a true scientist: PM @narendramodi — Focus News (@FocusNewsIndia) July 27, 2015focusnews.com, Health Minister of Meghalaya AL Hek said, "He is almost in a vegetative state, doctors trying to revive him but to no avail." Hek also offered condolences to the family of Dr. Kalam.
84-year-old Kalam was rushed to Bethany hospital in Nongrim hills in the capital city of Meghalaya after he collapsed during the lecture in the Indian Institute of Management at around and was taken straight to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
#RIPDrKalam | Former President APJ Abdul Kalam walking out of #Guwahati Airport earlier today pic.twitter.com/6sdVUgyU7H — Focus News (@FocusNewsIndia) July 27, 2015Doctors from the army hospital and North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS) rushed to Bethany hospital. Governor V Shanmughanathan, Speaker Abu Taher Mondal, Home Minister Roshan Warjiri, the Chief Secretary and DGP Rajiv Mehta rushed to the hospital.
Chief Secretary P B O Warjiri told reporters outside the hospital that he had spoken to Union Home Secretary L C Goyal asking for necessary arrangements to be made for carrying Kalam's body from Guwahati to Delhi tomorrow morning.
As the news of his unfortunate demise was confirmed, condolences started pouring in."The former president was delivering a lecture on 'liveable planet' when he suddenly collapsed," IIM-Shillong official Merlvin Mukhim said. ALSO READ: APJ Abdul Kalam: Profile Of The Former President And Missile Man Of India
Deeply saddened at the sudden demise of the former president of India Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. He was an inspiration to an entire generation. — Rajnath Singh (@BJPRajnathSingh) July 27, 2015#RIPDrKalam | I have learnt with profound sorrow about the demise of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam: Former PM Manmohan Singh pic.twitter.com/nZa3xnvgyc — Focus News (@FocusNewsIndia) July 27, 2015
Deeply saddened by the tragic demise of Shri APJ Abdul Kalam. He indeed was an inspiration for every Indian. Undoubtedly a big loss. — Naveen Jindal (@MPNaveenJindal) July 27, 2015
A man who 'ignited minds', gladdened hearts & steered our Nation to glory. With profound grief my shraddhanjali to Dr. Kalam. — Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) July 27, 2015
Deeply saddened at the passing away of DrAPJ Abdul Kalam.A man of many parts-he won over the hearts&minds of a nation with his warmth&wisdom — Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) July 27, 2015
A great man whose life showed that true knowledge must breed sensitivity, simplicity and kindness. RIP APJ Abdul Kalam. — Varun Gandhi (@varungandhi80) July 27, 2015
#RIPDrKalam | I pray to God that his soul rests in peace: @nitin_gadkari pic.twitter.com/Z8OcmPRiWY — Focus News (@FocusNewsIndia) July 27, 2015
Deeply mourn sudden demise of APJ Abdul Kalam.Great Indian &people's President.True Bharat Ratna.Worked with him.Great humanbeing.Condolence — Ravi Shankar Prasad (@rsprasad) July 27, 2015
Death of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam is a great loss to the country. He was a common men's President and an icon of the young generation... — Tarun Gogoi (@tarun_gogoi) July 27, 2015
Dr Kalam had many fans in J&K, especially amongst the youth in Kashmir which in itself was no small feat. Rest in peace sir & Godspeed. — Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) July 27, 2015
RIP Shri APJ Abdul Kalam! He was a beacon of inspiration for crores and a true Bharat Ratna — Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) July 27, 2015Dr A P J Abdul Kalam was in Shillong to attend a course on Livable Planet Earth at Indian Institute of Management, Shillong.
Going to Shillong.. to take course on Livable Planet earth at iim. With @srijanpalsingh and Sharma. — APJ Abdul Kalam (@APJAbdulKalam) July 27, 2015
Government to declare national mourning for seven days to remember APJ Abdul Kalam: Union Home Secretary L C Goyal pic.twitter.com/7DDHKKHByk — Focus News (@FocusNewsIndia) July 27, 2015Hospital sources say that he was brought dead. Preliminary reports suggest that he collapsed while delivering a lecture at IIM. A seven-day national mourning will be declared by the Centre, Union Home Secretary L C Goyal said. Both the Houses of Parliament are likely to make obituary references and adjourn as a mark of respect to his memory. ALSO READ: APJ Abdul Kalam: A Look At The Life Journey Of India’s Pride Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam rose from humble origins to become the President in the most unexpected manner during the NDA government under Atal Bihari Vajpayee after an all party consensus minus the left parties that saw him through in an election which he won handsomely. The president from 2002 until 2007, he was a scientist and science administrator for four decades before that, mainly at the state-run Defense Research and Development Organization and the Indian Space Research Organization. He played a key organizational and technical role in India's nuclear program. ALSO READ: #SalaamKalam: India Loses Its Most Loved President After his presidential term ended, Kalam traveled to remote schools and colleges, speaking to students and inspiring them to follow their dreams. Even after he left office, he received hundreds of emails each day from high-schoolers and young people seeking his advice. He would reply to most of the children who wrote to him. An aeronautics engineer from Madras Institute of Technology, Kalam was considered the brain of missile programme in India got and as Chief Scientific Adviser to Vajpayee was also instrumental in the Pokhran nuclear test in 1998. As President, Kalam utilised any opportunity that came to him to address students, especially school children, to dream big so that they became achievers in life. A bachelor, the former President was a veena player and was deeply interested in Carnatic music. He was vegetarian all his life
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