Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa on Friday said as a mark of respect to A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, her government has designated October 15, the former president’s birthday, as “Youth Inspiration Day”.
Jayalalithaa said she has ordered institution of ‘Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Award’ with a prize money of Rs.500,000 and an eight gram gold medal.
She said the award would be given to a person who is a resident of the state and working for the development of science, student welfare and humanity.
According to Jayalalithaa, the award would be given from this year onwards on Independence Day.
Kalam was born on October 15, 1931, in Tamil Nadu’s Rameswaram.
He was laid to rest on Thursday in Rameswaram with full military honours. He died on Monday in Meghalaya’s Shillong city following cardiac arrest.
Kalam is an inspiration: Ban Ki-moon
UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon paid tribute to former Indian president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam’s “inspiration” to the world on Friday during a visit to the Indian Mission in New York as a special gesture of condolence.
Ban said: “The outpouring of grief around the world is a testament of the respect and inspiration he has garnered during and after his presidency.”
“The UN joins the people of India in sending our deepest condolences for this great statesman,” he added.
He signed a book of condolence at the mission during the visit. Over the past two days ambassadors of UN member states have been visiting the mission to sign the book and offer their condolences on the death of the Indian statesman.