A P J Abdul Kalam’s 79th birthday was recognised as World Student’s Day by United Nations.He has also received honorary doctorates from 40 universities.The Government of India has honoured him with the Padma Bhushan in 1981 and the Padma Vibhushan in 1990 for his work with ISRO and DRDO and his role as a scientific advisor to the Government. In 1997, Kalam received India’s highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna, for his immense and valuable contribution to the scientific research and modernisation of defence technology in India.In 2005, Switzerland declared 26 May as science day to commemorate Kalam’s visit in the country. In 2013, he was the recipient of the Von Braun Award from the National Space Society “to recognize excellence in management of and leadership for a space-related project.
Former president Dr APJ Abdul Kalam died in Shillong on Monday evening after being admitted to a private hospital here in Meghalaya in a critical condition.
Kalam, who served as the 11th President on India from 2002 to 2007, collapsed at the Indian Institute of Management-Shillong while delivering a lecture to the students of the B-school.
“The former president was brought almost dead to our hospital,” John Sailo Ryntathiang, director of Bethany Hospital, said.