Tribute From NCSC to ‘The Man Behind Vision 2020’
  • Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam the 11th President of India known as “missile man” or “people’s president” had special connection with children and utilized every opportunity that came to him to address students, especially school children, to dream big so they can be achievers. As a believer, youngsters to be the backbone of the nation, he adorned being with them and spend his last moments among students. It was Dr. Kalam’s dream to see India stand up amongst the developed nations of the world. India Vision 2020 was prepared under the chairmanship of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam by Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC) of India's Department of Science and Technology, aiming at transforming the nation by recognizing the five core areas "for integrated action to double the growth rate of GDP". These five areas were: Agriculture and Food Processing: Aimed at doubling the food production Infrastructure: Increase use of solar power and provide electric powder and other urban amenities to rural areas. Education & Healthcare: Improve overall health of Indian population Information & Communication Technology: Telecommunication, Telemedicine and for increased e-governance to promote education in remote areas Critical Technologies & Strategic Industries: To grow Nuclear, Space and Defense Technology “A dream is not that which you see while sleeping, it is something that does not let you sleep” We consider the best way of paying tribute to Dr. Kalam is by realizing his dream and managing to achieve it by 2020! He is the man who made every day of his life count worth starting from launching ‘Rohini’ India’s first satellite vehicle launched by ISRO, playing an important role in developing missiles ‘Agni’ & ‘Prithvi’ of intermediate ballistic range, to making the nuclear tests at ‘Pokharan’ a huge success! He was awarded the nation's top awards including the Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honor. He was a man of indomitable spirit, firm conviction, profound knowledge, great intellect and an inspiration to an entire generation. He will always be in the hearts of people of India. May His Soul Rest In Peace.  
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