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#A.P.J. Abdul Kalam always used to say he would like to be remembered as a teacher. When he became the President in 2002, he made no compromise on his penchant for teaching. He grabbed every opportunity to teach students, especially children, wherever he went. Administering a pledge on national development to the youth was his passion.

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**In an exclusive interview to The Hindu on the occasion of ‘#Teachers Day’ on September 5, 2013, the former President said: “If the people remember me as a good teacher, that will be the biggest honor for me.”**Minutes before his end came on Monday, Mr. Kalam was teaching students at the Indian Institute of Management, Shillong.

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“Teaching is a very noble profession that shapes the character, caliber and future of an individual…youth have a dream and also they have a pain. The pain comes out of their dream; they want to live in a prosperous, happy and peaceful India. This type of student’s environment ignites me and leads me to interact with young minds,” he said in the interview.

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Mr. Kalam also taught scientists who worked with him. V. Ponraj, a senior scientist at the Aeronautical Development Agency who is associated with the ‘Missile Man’ since 1995, is now the Adviser to the former President.

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“I am doing a research on ‘affordable health care through cloud infrastructure,’ and Mr. Kalam is my guide. He suggested that I take this subject and guided me all through. On July 16 this year, the former president spent a couple of hours reviewing my work and asked me to start writing the thesis,” Mr. Ponraj told The Hindu on Monday.

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Mr. Kalam and Mr. Ponraj have authored a few books. The latest one in Tamil titled Puyalai than dial thendral, yennathil nalam irunthal kanavu Tamilagam malarum is half complete. “We have written seven chapters together.Now, I have to finish this book with his thoughts…he will remain my teacher and guide forever,” Mr. Ponraj said


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