The Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Shillong conducted the Annual Lecture Series 2017 edition on July 27 to mark the second death anniversary of former President, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. Padma Vibhushan G. Madhavan Nair, former Chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Secretary to the Department of Space, Government of India, was the Chief Guest of the event held to pay homage to the late President.
Inaugurating the session, Dr. Amitabha De, Director, IIM Shillong, said, "Dr. Kalam believed in working sincerely and tirelessly for the betterment of the nation". He also mentioned how the reputed institute would be partnering with the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) and various states to establish the Dr. Abdul Kalam Centre for Policy Research and Analysis. Dr. De also announced the foundation of an auditorium to be named after Dr. Kalam, who had breathed his last at the Institute while delivering a lecture in 2015.
Shri Madhavan Nair also spoke on the theme of the day, 'Space and Society: The Indian Scenario', and described how ISRO had grown to become a successful venture in modern India. He talked about the history of human space endeavour, and about its progression from the days of 12-inch rockets to the technological advancements of the day. He also recalled how Dr. Kalam had adopted a versatile approach towards fulfilling his commitments to society, both as a scientist and later as a President.
Dr. Rohit Dwivedi, Chairperson, PGPEx, highlighted Dr. Kalam’s institutional building capabilities which had put ISRO on the same pedestal as NASA. Dr. Basav Roychaudhury, Chairperson, PGM, IIM Shillong, concluded the session with a vote of thanks to the Chief Guest and other guests who marked their presence in the IIM Shillong Annual Lecture Series.
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