Mumbai, Oct 15: Ghatkopar-based NMWS-run school was renamed as ‘SIES Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Memorial High School’ on Sunday in the presence of 87 students to mark the “87th birthday” of the people’s president.
The ‘North Mumbai Welfare Society’ (NMWS), running the school with around 3,250 students, had merged with the South Indian Education Society (SIES), Matunga, which runs many educational institutions in Mumbai with more than 25,000 students.
The 87 students revealed a life-size six-feet statue of APJ Abdul Kalam at the school entrance.
Later, SIES President V. Shankar unveiled the renamed school plaque and inaugurated an exhibition titled”India at 70″, which comprises 70 panels dedicated to topics like “Least known facts about India”, “Things India has given to the world”, “To make a modern India” and “Great achievers of India”.
Kalam served as the Principal Patron of SIES and also conferred with SIES Lifetime Achievements Award.
“In his honour and memory and in acknowledgement of the significant contribution he made to ignite young minds, we have decided to rename the newly acquired NMWS school after him,” Shankar asserted.
Though satellite stations, roads, educational programmes, and a bacteria (“Solibacillus Kalami”, by NASA) have been named after India’s Missile Man, “ours is probably the only institution to name a school after Dr Kalam who was fond of children”, Shankar stated.
The school will also have books written by the late President, calling the collection ‘Kalam Ki Kalam’.