UPTU To Be Renamed: A Tribute To The Missile Man
UPTU was set up by the Government of Uttar Pradesh in 2000. According to university’s website, it is the largest technical university in Asia. It has approximately 800 colleges affiliated to it. The university is on the IET Lucknow Campus. The university offers undergraduate courses in engineering, architecture, hotel management and catering technology, fashion and apparel design, and pharmacy, leading to degrees of B.Tech, B.Arch, BHMCT, BFAD, and B.Pharma respectively. The university offers postgraduate courses in computer applications and business administration leading to degrees of MCA, MBA and MBA (Rural Development). As an honour to the “Missile Man of India”, the university was officially renamed as Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Technical University, Lucknow.
Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam was the 11th President of India from 2002 to 2007. A career scientist turned politician, Kalam studied physics and aerospace engineering. He spent four decades as a scientist and science administrator, mainly at the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and was intimately involved in India’s civilian space program and military missile development efforts. He thus came to be known as the “Missile Man of India” for his work on the development of ballistic missile and launch vehicle technology. Kalam received 7 honorary doctorates from 40 universities. The Government of India honoured him with the Padma Bhushan in 1981 and the Padma Vibhushan in 1990 for his work with ISRO and DRDO and his role as a scientific advisor to the Government. In 1997, Kalam received India’s highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna, for his contribution to the scientific research and modernization of defense technology in India. In 2013, he was the recipient of the Von Braun Award from the National Space Society”to recognize excellence in the management and leadership of a space-related project”.
So, in fond remembrance of India’s former President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Azad, the Uttar Pradesh government announced the decision of renaming the Uttar Pradesh Technical University (UPTU) as APJ Abdul Kalam Tech University. CM Akhilesh Yadav made this announcement on July 31 and also said that the University’s new block will have a grand memorial set up for Dr Kalam. He is such an inspiration that there is not a single Indian who does not respect this great man.
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