Ex-President of India Abdul Kalam visits the Forum
The former president of India, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam visited the School of Informatics last week as part of his trip to the University of Edinburgh where he was awarded an honorary degree.
Dr APJ Abdul Kalam met with IPAB students and Prof. Sethu Vijayakumar. He was shown around the School's facilities and watched demonstrations of some of the School's newest robotics research.
The former president of India received the degree of Doctor of Science from the University of Edinburgh in recognition of his outstanding contribution to science and technology, and his commitment to helping transform India through his visionary ideas published in the book India 2020. He is the recipient of India's highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna, in 2007.
Dr Kalam, who was president of India from 2002 to 2007, studied physics at the St. Joseph's College, Tiruchirappalli, and aerospace engineering at the Madras Institute of Technology (MIT), Chennai. He is regarded as the father of his country's space programme and in recent years has campaigned to highlight the plight of India's rural poor, advocating the use of technology to address social and economic inequalities.