The day the college stood still

By Akash Lakshmanan

The energy that prevailed throughout Hangar is purely a sign of respect that only a few prominent people in the history of our great nation could ever receive. A symbol for the 3-D’s of young India i.e.; Dream, Determination and Dedication – his presence doesn’t require any notification. And through such a “build-up”, anyone would have guessed him. He is none other than our former President of India, His highness Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.

It would have been a dream-come-true for all of us studying in this college to see this legend in person. He too, like us, lived his part of life in this college. But as they say, it is the fact that such great people grew up in our college makes our college a temple of education. And it is a proud fact that we too made ourselves into this great temple.

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Photo by S. Vaidhyanathan

Dr. Kalam made his presence at MIT for the inauguration of the book “Visionary’s Reach” compiled by Dr. Prema Srinivasan. The book is a biography of our college founder Shri Rajam. Dr. Prema Srinivasan is none other than the granddaughter of our college founder. She has taken into account, all the events in the life of her grandfather and compiled them into a book.

As Kalam sir presided over the book release, he shared with our young students his memories with Shri Rajam. He recalled the fact that Shri Rajam sat with him inside the class whilst a professor had been taking classes. And he also mentioned that Shri Rajam mortgaged his house, in order to build our college. Without his efforts, nothing would have happened. Neither would there have been an Abdul Kalam nor we with our colourful tags. His initiatives were the primary reasons for the existence of MIT.

Kalam sir always had his message for us. His motivations have always been important for all of us here at MIT. And this time his message to us was that we should grow up to be leaders and contribute to our mother India. He made us believe that we are the back bone of our Nation and we must always do our best to serve her. He concluded his speech with his motivations and as always the energy in Hangar was enormous. He will be remembered as a role model for generations to come.

He asked us to dream and it is the right path along which we must travel to achieve success, to bring honour to our nation and our family. As a student of this proud institution, I will be hoping to see Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam soon as his mere presence inspires me to dream big and drive India to development.

Akash Lakshmanan is an art enthusiast and an aspiring writer. An Electronics undergrad who is also interested in management and literature.

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