Kalam's Birthday To Be Observed As 'Youth Renaissance Day'

| July 31 , 2015 , 13:58 IST
Tamil Nadu government said, "An award would be constituted in the name of former President A P J Abdul Kalam and his birthday would be observed as Youth Renaissance Day." Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa said she had issued directions to constitute the 'Dr A P J Abdul Kalam Award' for persons who strive towards promoting scientific growth, humanities and students' welfare and that the award would be given away during Independence Day every year.abdul kalam w kids1 This was in line with her government's policy of creating a 'Strong India and Resourceful Tamil Nadu,' she said in a statement here. The award will carry an 8 gram gold medal, Rs 5 lakh in cash and a citation and would be presented to a person hailing from the state, she said, adding it would be given away from this year. ALSO READ: Bihar To Name Science City, College After Dr APJ Abdul Kalam 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. Kalam was a multi-faceted personality, often described as 'Missile Man' and 'Nuclear Hero,' Jayalalithaa said while tracing his humble origins. ALSO READ: Assam CM Tarun Gogoi Apologies For ‘Dancing With Girls’ While Nation Mourned Kalam 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 honors with thousands of people attending his funeral.

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