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TN govt to set up college in Rameswaram, named after Kalam

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

Honouring late A P J Abdul Kalam, the government Friday announced it would set up a new arts and science college named after the former in his native town of

The college will be established next year, Deputy O Panneerselvam announced in the state budget for 2019-20 presented in the assembly.

"I am glad to announce that this government will establish a new arts and science college at during 2019-20, which will be named after Dr APJ Abdul Kalam," he said.

Kalam, who was the from 2002 to 2007, used to love interacting with student community and had collapsed and died while delivering a lecture at the IIM-Shillong on July 27, 2015.

His body has been buried in Rameswaram, where he did his primary schooling.

After the death of the Missile Man in 2015, the then J Jayalalithaa had announced constituting an award named after Kalam to be given away to an individual in recognition of his or her contribution in scientific development, humanities and students' welfare.

The Kalam Award carries a gold medal and a cash prize of Rs five lakh besides a certificate.

She had also announced the government would celebrate Kalam's birthanniversary -- October 15 -- every year as Youth Awakening Day.

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First Published: Fri, February 08 2019. 14:45 IST