After the bodily death of Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam yesterday, the country mourns his loss and 7 day national mourning is announced by the Government of India. Even though, he was popular as the eminent scientist, he is the first educational thinker, who envisioned the idea of providing training to students to become autonomous learners. He has directly and indirectly made several contributions to the educational field and on this day as a tribute to this eminent past President of India; let us understand his great contributions to the field of education:
He has made great contributions to the advancement of science and technology and his scholarly research publications, books and articles have opened new avenues for research and studies in the areas of metallurgy, ballistics and aeronautics. For a better education and better future generation, Dr. Kalam insisted on the following things:
Capabilities to be built among students:
Dr. Kalam insisted that the primary focus of students should be to excel in their studies. He stated that this can be their greatest contribution to the nation. He also insisted that the education system should instill capabilities like inquiry, creativity, moral leadership and entrepreneurship among students.
Planning for good education of children in villages:
Dr. Kalam insisted that every school should have the fundamental amenities like good building that is equipped with right lighting and ventilation. He also insisted that the rooms in the schools must be spacious and airy and he also insisted that every school should have library and laboratories with the latest IT tools and infrastructure. In addition, there should be safe drinking water, play ground and clean toilets at schools. He also suggested that these things will be possible by earmarking the additional 2-3 percent of GDP.
Mission of education:
Dr. Kalam believed that education is the most important element for the growth and prosperity of the country. He has stated that India should achieve the status of a developed nation by the year 2020. He has always insisted that there are more than 350 million people in the country, who need literacy and they should also acquire employable skills to suit the emerging modern India.
Inequality to access educational resources:
Dr. Kalam once stated that it is important to enlighten and create extensive consciousness of education among all sections of society, specifically in the rural areas and also among the poor people living in urban areas. He insisted on the usage of technology for this important social purpose. He also recommended philanthropic institutions and NGOs and even the media to pay attention to this area of creating awareness. He also asserted on the mobilization of the required resources to provide education to the underprivileged people.
This Bharat Ratna had earned many awards and accolades. On his 79th Birthday of this eminent child of India, the United Nations declared the day as World Student Day. Even, the hour before his death, he was delivering a lecture at IIM, Shillong, where he collapsed out of massive heart attack. His loss is irreplaceable to mother India.