Mysuru, Jan 04: Dr A P J Abdul Kalam, the superstar of Indian Science Congress' (ISC) till last year, was given a fitting tribute in Mysuru today.
During the inaugural session of Children's Science Congress at the majestic amphitheatre of University of Mysore (UoM), a special edition of Billion Beats, an e-paper capturing the success stories of unsung heroes, was launched.
Prof John B Gurdon, Nobel Laureate, Cambridge University, UK and University of Mysore VC Prof K S Rangappa released the issue in the presence of thousands of students from across various part of the country.
Billion Beats, a pet publication that was closer to the heart of Dr Kalam, was relaunched on Children's Day in 2015 at House of Kalam in Rameswaram.
Organisers moved by House of Kalam's gesture
Every speaker at the 103rd Indian Science Congress (103ISC), including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, paid their rich tributes to Dr Kalam.
In his inaugural address on January 3, Modi said no one in India was as passionate as Dr Kalam in taking Science and Technology to common man.
"Dr Kalam's life was an outstanding one filled with scientific achievements. His was a heart of boundless compassion and concern for humanity.
For him, the highest purpose of science was the transformation of the life of the weak, the under-privileged and the youth.
And, his life's mission was a self-reliant and a self-assured India that was strong and cared for its people. Your theme for this Congress is a fitting tribute to his vision," the PM had said yesterday.
Prof Rangappa said that the organisers were humbled when House of Kalam agreed to make Dr Kalam's presence felt though Billion Betas.
"It is a very special gesture and you have seen the kind of response it has evoked from everyone present today. We were thoroughly impressed by the simple and inspiring content and couldn't have asked for more from his family," Prof Rangappa told OneIndia.
Published by Bengaluru-based Inspired Indian Foundation, Billion Beats' special edition 103ISC issue has a compilation of Dr Kalam's speeches from precious ISC events. It packed with inspiring stories contributed by Indians, including students, across the globe.