Paying homage to veteran scientist and former president of India APJ Abdul Kalam (83) who passed away on Monday, State Education Minister Vinod Tawde on Tuesday announced that the state government would celebrate Kalam’s birth anniversary on October 15 as ‘Vaachan (reading) Prerna (inspiration) Diwas (day)’ in schools across the state.
Kalam died after a cardiac arrest in Shillong while delivering a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis moved a motion of condolence in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly on Tuesday for Kalam as well as for veteran Dalit leader R S Gavai, who passed away in Nagpur over the weekend.
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Tawde said, “Kalam was a great person with indomitable will and confidence. He has inspired youths across the country with his thoughts and achievements. It was Kalam who had rooted the confidence among the citizens of India that the country can be a super power.”
He added, “October 15 is his birth anniversary and every school in Maharashtra will celebrate it as Vaachan Prerna Diwas. Dr Kalam’s writings are inspirational. As a tribute to the great man, school students must do a lot of reading. The Vaachan Prerna Diwas will encourage reading habits among students.”
School education department officials said schools would be sent a circular pertaining Vaachan Prerna Diwas event well in advance to avoid any confusion.
Tawde had also appealed to school and college teachers to conduct a lecture focusing on the achievements of Kalam on Tuesday.