Bengaluru, April 06: House of Kalam on Wednesday handed over some of the personal belongings of former President of India Dr A P J Abdul Kalam to Delhi Culture Minister Kapil Mishra.
At a low-key event held at Rameswaram, A P J M Maraikayar, 99-year-old elder brother of Dr Kalam handed over a number of items to Mishra and his team.
As promised earlier, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government has initiated the process of setting up a Knowledge Centre in Delhi, in honour of Dr Kalam.
Sheik Saleem, one of the Spokespersons from House of Kalam told OneIndia that the family is extremely satisfied with the development.
"We flagged off the items today and they should reach Delhi within a week. The Knowledge Center should be operational in July this year and the final date will be announced later. We are sure that the move by Delhi government will inspire many youngsters," says Saleem, grandnephew of Dr Kalam.
The Knowledge Centre is being established at Dilli Haat at INA. The first death anniversary of Dr Kalam will be observed on July 27 this year.
Among the personal items that were transported to Delhi included around 1000 books, pens, Presidential Suit, paintings, mementoes, shawls, digital copies of his speeches to name a few.
Dr Kalam's family had written to Delhi government asking for a Knowledge Centre last year.
"This is a positive development and we are happy," says R K Prasad, Dr Kalam's longest serving Private Secretary