Chief Minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal has announced that the government’s higher education and skill education scheme will be named after Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam as a mark of respect for the great man. The 11th President of India, Dr. Kalam breathed his last in Shillong on 27 July after suffering a massive cardiac arrest while delivering a speech at the Indian Institute of Management, Shillong. He was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was declared dead after a couple of hours.
Paying his tribute to the late President, Arvind Kejriwal said that the scheme will be named ‘Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam Higher Education and Skill Education Guarantee Scheme’. Under this scheme, the Government of Delhi will stand as a guarantee for student opting for loans up to Rs. 10 lakh. Mr. Kejriwal, while speaking of the late President said that he was a great visionary who wanted students and youth of the day to take the country forward.
Dr. Kalam was known for his firm belief that the vision of a developed India by 2020 can only be realized through the education of the millions of young people of India. A prolific leader and an inspiring teacher himself who never missed an opportunity to interact with school children till his very last moment, Dr. Kalam was an inspiration to countless millions. He had urged the schools that 25 percent of the class time should be devoted to skill training.
Speaking at the Delhi Secretariat on July 2, Dr. Kalam had said, “That means, every year we get a skilled bank of millions of children. In such a situation, the role played by educationists has to be unique so that it will help upgrade the skill of the candidate for making him or her, a member of the knowledge society.” Hence, it is only fitting that the Government of Delhi has decided to name its education and skill training scheme after the former president.
In another mark of respect for the late President, the government has also decided to pull down all its advertisement from outdoor sites. The banners have been pulled down and will be re-hung only after the seven days official mourning period is over. The chief minister along with his colleagues visited the residence of Dr. Kalam in Delhi to pay homage to the man who rose above politics in his dream of a developed India and fittingly came to be known as the ‘People’s President’.