ISRO Chairman Engages with School Children at Kalam’s Memorial, Flags Off Marathon in Ramanathapuram

Marathon Competition Celebrates Former President APJ Abdul Kalam’s Birth Anniversary

On October 15, 2023, in commemoration of the 92nd birth anniversary of the late President APJ Abdul Kalam, a marathon competition in three categories took place at Peikarumpu near Rameswaram. The event was organized by the Ramanathapuram district administration and the Kalam Foundation, in collaboration with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). Those in attendance paid their respects at the memorial and participated in various activities to honor the esteemed scientist and former President.

Special Prayers and Garlanding of Dr. Kalam’s Statue

The Kalam Foundation arranged special prayers at Peikarumbu, the site of the memorial, which were attended by prominent dignitaries including ISRO chairman S. Somanath, District Collector B Vishnu Chandran, and MP K. Nawaz Kani. During the ceremonies, the participants garlanded the statue of Dr. Abdul Kalam, paying their respects to the revered leader.

A Marathon for Men and Women

In the morning, a marathon was held in two categories – 21 km and 5 km, for both men and women. The winners were honored with cash prizes. In the men’s category, Lakshmanan from Pudukottai claimed the first prize and received ₹50,000. Vinod Kumar from Nilgiris secured the second place and won ₹25,000, while Rengaraj, also from Nilgiris, came in third and received ₹10,000. The women’s category for the 21 km marathon saw Suganya from Peravoorani clinch the first prize with ₹50,000, followed by Vijaya Vaishnavi in second place, winning ₹25,000. Mano Mani from Ramanathapuram claimed the third spot, receiving ₹10,000. The organizers made sure to distribute prizes to the winners of the 5-km marathon as well.

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Astonishing Exhibition Showcasing Robotics and STEM

In addition to the marathon, an exhibition organized by school students on robotics and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) left a lasting impression. ISRO chairman S. Somanath explored the exhibition and engaged with the young participants, appreciating their enthusiasm and knowledge in the fields of science and mathematics. The interactive display highlighted the importance of nurturing and promoting young talent in these areas.

In a conversation with the media, Mr. Sivanandam expressed his gratitude for being able to celebrate the 92nd birth anniversary of Mr. Kalam alongside his family members. He emphasized that everyone has been influenced by the former President in various ways and encouraged carrying forward his contributions. Mr. Somanatham also expressed his admiration for the exhibition organized by students from different parts of the country, emphasizing the impact of STEM education on Indian youth.

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