After finalising the acquisition of Ghatkopar-based North Mumbai Welfare Society School recently, the South Indian Education Society (SIES) has decided to rename the school as ‘SIES Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Memorial High School’, on October 15, which marks the 87th birth anniversary of the former president.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will preside over the function to rename the school and will also unveil a life size statue of Dr Kalam. Dr V Shankar, president of SIES, said the name change was symbolic of the close association between the former president and the educational institution.
“Dr Kalam was a principal patron of SIES and was always present at every major function organised by the institution,” he said. “The school will also have a showcase called ‘Kalam ki kalam’, which will contain all the books authored by him. It will also have a ‘Thinking Laboratory’, where we are planning to conduct sessions to sensitise students to the problems of the country, and encourage them to think outside the classroom, about the process of development. A kiosk at the entrance of the school will be classifying his speeches and have some of his quotes on display all day,” said Shankar.