Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam Calls for Developing 100-seat Passenger Jet, Presents HAL Innovation Awards.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Bangalore: “We need to build culture of excellence in aerospace missions and a few set-backs should not deter us from succeeding in various projects of national importance”, said Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, former President of India, at a function organized by HAL here today. Addressing the young management and design trainees of HAL he urged them to set high aims, acquire knowledge, work hard and persevere in difficult times. “There are opportunities and challenges such as developing 100-seat passenger jet which could be taken up by youngsters like you”, he added.

Dr. R. K. Tyagi in his welcome address recalled Dr. Kalam’s association with HAL in 1957 for a short period and credited him for developing the Company’s 10-year vision in later years as one of HAL’s board members.

Dr. Kalam presented HAL Innovation Awards on this occasion to Mr. Javed Asghar of HAL’s Kanpur Division for his pioneering work on “Incremental sheet forming” technology and HAL’s team from Strategic Research and Development Centre (SLRDC), Hyderabad, Ms P. Padmaja, Mr. K. Shrikanth and Mr. Arun Kumar in the design category. A vote of thanks was proposed by Mr. P. Soundara Rajan, Managing Director, (Helicopter Complex).