DRDO launches “Dare to Dream” challenge
The Defence Research Development Organization launched an innovative contest “Dare to Dream”. The contest was launched on the death anniversary of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.
The Dare to Dream is an open challenge that promotes innovators and start ups in the country. It is launched to boost emerging technologies. The challenge promotes individuals and start ups for innovation in aerospace technologies.
The award money for the winners is up to Rs 10 lakhs. The contest was launched by Defence Minister Raj Nath Singh.
Dr APJ Abdul Kalam
Dr Kalam died on July 27, 2015 due to cardiac arrest while delivering lecture at the Indian Institute of Management, Shillong. He served as President of India between 2002 and 2007. The Prime Ministers during his term were Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Manmohan Singh. He played a major role in Pokhran-II nuclear test conducted by India in 1998. He was extensively involved in military missile development efforts and hence was called the “Missile Man of India”.
Dr Kalam had received 7 honorary doctorates from 40 universities. The GoI honoured whim with Padma Vibhushan in 1990 and Padma Bhushan in 1981. In 1997, he received the highest civilian award Bharat Ratna.
The Tamil Nadu State Government marks Dr Kalam’s birth anniversary as “Youth Renaissance Day”. The Wheeler Island, a national missile testing site in Odisha was renamed as Abdul Kalam Island in September 2015.