In an effort to “bring Kalam’s legacy” to the capital, Delhi Tourism Minister Kapil Mishra, Tuesday, announced the setting up of a Research and Knowledge Centre in the next five months. The decision comes after former President A P J Abdul Kalam’s family urged the Delhi government to set up an inspirational augmented visual reality stimulation centre earlier this month.
Stating his government will bring Dr Kalam’s legacy, books and possessions to New Delhi, Mishra said, “As per the family’s request, the Delhi government is ready to bring back all of Dr Kalam’s books and possessions that were sent away from his 10, Rajaji Marg residence in Delhi.”
Mishra added, the government will first set up an exhibition at Dilli Haat after bringing Kalam’s belongings to the capital. “We are going to speak to (Kalam’s) family and at a time convenient to them, his belongings will be brought to Delhi. We plan to put up an exhibition first at Delhi Haat. Following this, a Knowledge and Research Centre will be set up where his belongings will also be displayed. We have not finalised a venue for the centre. We are looking at spaces in Delhi government-owned institutes like NSIT, IIT Delhi and others. This whole process is likely to take four to five months,” he said.
A team of Delhi government officials will visit Kalam’s house in Rameswaram, following which his belongings will be displayed at Delhi Haat in INA as a “creative presentation of his memories and heritage”.
The AAP had criticised the centre for allotting Kalam’s bungalow in Delhi to Union Tourism and Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma last month. The decision had also attracted online petitions urging the Centre to reconsider its decision.