//Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam an Eminent Jesuit Alumnus

Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam an Eminent Jesuit Alumnus

Popularly known as the “Missile Man of India”, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam is one of the most distinguished and rarest jewels among Jesuit Alumni in India, especially St. Joseph’s College, Trichy. He was born on 15th October 1931, into a family with limited means and started selling newspapers as a child to supplement his family’s income. Dr. Kalam, in spite of his achievements, always wanted to be remembered as a teacher. And it was as a teacher addressing a gathering at IIM in Shillong that he passed away on 27th July, 2015. From humble beginnings, he earned the reputation of being the people’s President. He endeared himself to all sections, especially the young. He was the first from a non-political background to be sworn in as President of India.

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The author is the Director of the Rapinat Herbarium of St. Joseph’s College, Tiruchirappalli and former Principal, Honorary Professor of Life Science in Alagappa University, and the Director of the Anglade Institute in Sacred Heart College, Shembaganur.