India lost one of its greatest sons, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, the former president, on Monday, July 27. Tributes have been pouring in for Dr Kalam, from all across the world. One man, who has garnered the attention since Dr Kalam's demise is Srijan Pal Singh.
Let's know more about him and how he is connected with the people's president.
Srijan's bond with Dr Kalam dates back to the year 2008, when he worked with Dr APJ Abdul Kalam who served as the 11th President of India, in promoting various assignments such as "Energy Independence for the nation", "Nuclear and space missions", "Providing Urban Amenities to Rural Areas" and many others.
In Nov 2011, he started a youth movement with Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, called "What Can I Give Mission", that had an outreach of over 50,000 volunteers, from all across the nation.
"Target 3 Billion", one of the bestselling books, has been co-authored by Srijan and Dr Kalam.
Their second book was about to be launched in 2015. [The assignment which Kalam could not give to IIM students]
Srijan is an author, public speaker, social entrepreneur, activist and advisor to Dr Kalam. He belongs to Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh. ['Advantage India' book Kalam's last bequest to the nation]
He is an alumni of the Institute of Engineering & Technology, Lucknow and the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIM-A).
In 2009, he received the IIMA Gold Medal for the Best All-rounder student.
He contributes his articles in leading dailies like The Hindu and Rajasthan Patrika.
In 2014, the Government of India appointed him as the "Member of the Expert team of Shyama Prasad Mukherji RURBAN Mission".
Srijan has a connection with Karnataka too, as he alongwith the Congress leader SR Patil, co-founded the initiative called "Barefoot IT".
On March 16, 2015, Srijan had co-authored a book on smart cities named as "Smart and Human: Building Cities of Wisdom", along-with GRK Reddy, MD MAARG Group.
Besides, Srijan has also worked as a Management Consultant with the Boston Consulting Group and in Public Distribution System in naxal affected areas of Odisha.
Hours after the sudden demise of Dr Kalam, Srijan tweeted some heart-wrenching moments that he spent with his mentor:
Dr. Kalam during his visit to our home in Lucknow ... he loved pakodas.... even today we had pakoda tea http://t.co/AbxiS44cMf— Srijan Pal Singh (@srijanpalsingh) July 27, 2015
Dr. Kalams handbag placed where it always is supposed be. I put it there & he never came back for it http://t.co/lYLDkKYAPl— Srijan Pal Singh (@srijanpalsingh) July 27, 2015
What I will be remembered for.. my memory of the last day with the great Kalam sir... It has been eight hours... http://t.co/iZaDTfy1Wx— Srijan Pal Singh (@srijanpalsingh) July 27, 2015
About to start the most painful journey back to Delhi. pic.twitter.com/JXwyLlcs0c— Srijan Pal Singh (@srijanpalsingh) July 28, 2015
Not even in the worst of dreams I imagined that someday I'll return with this.. pic.twitter.com/ZvPDPMexds— Srijan Pal Singh (@srijanpalsingh) July 28, 2015
Casket has been loaded. . The journey begins pic.twitter.com/7vqexFAc7u— Srijan Pal Singh (@srijanpalsingh) July 28, 2015