Dr A P J Abdul Kalam, residents of Ooty recall his visits to the queen of hills a few years ago to address students of an engineering college and an army school.In February 2012, he interacted with students of CSI College of Engineering in Ketti and the Army Public School in Wellington. Speaking to students of the engineering college, Kalam said there were several problems with our primary school education as there was no scope for creativity.
A lemon tree was planted in CSI College of Engineering in memory of his visit. Leena Rajesh, a resident of Ooty, regrets not making the effort to see the former President of the country when he visited the hill station. “It’s mind-blowing to see the kind of influence Dr Kalam hand on the people, irrespective of age. I regret my lethargic attitude when I had the opportunity to see him,” she said. Kalam may be no more, but the impact he has on his students will live on for ever, she added.
Grandson of matinee idols Gemini Ganesan and Savithri, Arun K Vaddi, who staged a drama at the Rashrapathi Bhavan when Kalam was president, in a group message said, “Dear APJ, please do not ‘Rest in Peace’. Go wherever; it is that people go whenever they ‘Go’; but you do what you always did, stir it up”.”It was a great privilege to have my play staged at the Rashtrapathi Bhavan. He had seen the play previously, when it was staged during my college days,” he said.