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India's 11th President Visits Tulane

A.P.J. Abdul Kalam & Vijay JohnIn October, during a trip to New Orleans, the past President of India, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, was guided on a tour of the Electron Microscopy Lab in the School of Science and Engineering by professor Vijay John and CBE graduate students Pradeep Venkataraman, Thirusulvam Ponnusamy, Rajesh Venkatasubramanian, Ashish Sangwai and Amit Jain.

Dr. Kalam spoke at Tulane’s Lavin-Bernick Center to over 300 university students and community members from New Orleans, Baton Rouge and surrounding areas. He reflected on his early career as an aeronautical engineer and his term as the 11th President of India. Kalam spoke about his current humanitarian work and future goals for the people of India.

At the end of the talk a student asked what she could do from here in the U.S. to help toward Kalam's goals for India. "You should not worry about India," Kalam said. "Just do your best in your studies and for the country where you are living." The audience responded with a standing ovation.

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