Defence Minister Calls upon Scientific Community to Achieve Dr. Kalam’s Dream

Defence Minister Calls upon Scientific Community to Achieve Dr. Kalam’s Dream 
The Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar has called upon the scientific community to realise and fulfil former President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam’s dream of developing India into a knowledge super power by 2020. Delivering his welcome speech at the 84th Birth Anniversary Celebrations of Dr. Kalam, at DRDO Bhawan, here today, Shri Parrikar said “true tribute to the great leader is to fulfil his dream.” He expressed the hope that the scientific community will derive the inspiration from the life, achievements and dedication towards his dream for a self-reliant India. The Defence Minister said that Dr Kalam was a man of vision, full of ideas aimed at development of the Country. In his book ‘India 2020’, Dr Kalam highlighted action plans to develop India into knowledge super power by the year 2020. Shri Parrikar added that Dr. Kalam was a great writer and had ignited millions of young minds through his thought provoking and influential writings. Dr Kalam always enjoyed the company of young students and children and his writings increased the interest of young students in science and technology to make it a career and it was due to his initiative that there is increased interest in Basic Sciences today, he said. 

Describing Dr. Kalam as the Father of Missiles, Shri Parrikar said that his research and educational leadership prompted the Indian Government to initiate the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme which led to the simultaneous and successful development of wide range of missiles and brought great laurels and prestige to the nation. His sustained guidance has been the driving force behind India’s leap in the Defence Technology. Dr. Kalam during his tenure as a Scientific Advisor to the Defence Minister played an organisational, pivotal and intensive technological role in conducting the Pokhran II Nuclear Test. He also had a successful stint as the Project Director of India’s First Satellite Launch Vehicle (SLV). The journey from a newspaper boy to a scientist and then the President of India has inspired every Indian to dream big and work hard with dedication for that dream to come true. All these unique qualities added to Dr. Kalam’s vision and knowledge and fetched him several honours and awards across the globe, Shri Parrikar added.

Earlier, the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi who was the chief guest for the event, unveiled the bust of former President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam at DRDO Complex, in the presence of Defence Minster Shri Manohar Parrikar, Minister of Urban Development, Shri Venkaiah Naidu, Minister of Communications and IT, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr Harsh Vardhan and Minister of State for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, Shri YS Choudhary. He also released a commemorative postage stamp on Dr Kalam. Speaking on the occasion, the Minister of Urban Development, Shri Venkaiah Naidu, announced that the government has decided to include the town of Rameshwaram, birthplace of Dr Kalam, in the AMRUT mission to make it a smart city.

The event was also attended by the three Service Chiefs and Senior Officers from various ministries. 

30 Nursing Cadets Commissioned into MNS 
Thursday, 15 October 2015 In a solemn ceremony, 30 budding cadets of the 2nd batch of BSc (Nursing) course of Army College of Nursing, Delhi were formally commissioned into the Military Nursing Service (MNS). Lamp- Lighting Ceremony of these cadets was held here today at Army Hospital (Research and Referral), where Commandant of the hospital Lt Gen SD Duhan addressed the cadets and staff. In his address, Lt Gen Duhan inspired the student nurses to imbibe the art, science and practice of nursing with compassion and commitment. He also gave away academic prizes to the meritorious students.

Earlier, the Additional Director General, MNS Major General Sushila Shahi congratulated the students for choosing nursing as a career. The ceremony ended with cadets taking the customary Florence Nightingale’s oath, pledging their life-long commitment to the noble task of nursing. 

Exercise Malabar – 15 
Initiated in 1992, as a bilateral exercise between the Indian and US Navies, the scope, complexity of operations and level of participation has increased steadily in successive editions of the India-US Malabar Naval Exercise. The 18th edition of the exercise was held in the Western Pacific in July 2014 in which Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) was invited to participate.

MALABAR-15, the 19th edition of the exercise, will be conducted in the Bay of Bengal from 14 -19 October 2015. Alongwith the Indian Navy and the US Naval Forces, JMSDF will also participate in the exercise. The scope of MALABAR-15 includes wide-ranging professional interactions during the Harbour Phase and a diverse range of operational activities at sea during the Sea Phase.

During MALABAR-15, the Indian Navy will be represented by INS Shivalik an indigenous frigate, INS Ranvijay a guided missile destroyer, INS Betwa an indigenous frigate and INS Shakti ¬¬¬¬a Fleet Support Ship. In addition, one Sindhugosh class submarine, INS Sindhudhvaj, Long Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft P8I and integral rotary wing helicopters are also scheduled to participate in the trilateral exercise.

The US Navy will be represented by the ships from Carrier Task Force (CTF) 70 of the USN 7th Fleet, which is based at Yokosuka, Japan. The CTF will include the Nimitz class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, Ticonderoga class Cruiser USS Normandy and Freedom Class Littoral Combat ship USS Forth Worth. In addition, one Los Angeles class nuclear powered submarine USS City of Corpus Christi, F18 Aircraft from US Carrier Air Wing and P8A Long Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft will also participate in the exercise.

The JMSDF will be represented by JS Fuyuzuki, a missile destroyer with SH 60K integral helicopter.

MALABAR – 15 is part of the process of enhancing naval cooperation among important navies of Indo-pacific regions which helps in enhancing mutual understanding. Sharing of best practices by the three navies will strengthen their respective capacities and help create better synergies for effective and speedy action to deal with challenges of disaster prevention and relief and maritime safety and security in the Indo-Pacific region, for the benefit of the global maritime community. 

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