May 26 was declared as the ‘National Science Day’ in Switzerland to honour the former Indian President, late Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. The Swiss government, considering Abdul Kalam’s vast expertise in science and technology, announced this following his arrival in Geneva in 2006.
This is a source of inspiration for many Indian and Swiss scientists as Kalam was a science enthusiast and was even considered as the Father of Indian Missile Programme. Kalam was the first Indian head of State visiting Switzerland after a gap of more than 30 years. Former President late VV Giri’s was the last high-profile visit to the country.
Kalam first visited the CERN’s facilities situated in Switzerland and, then, crossed the border post to see the laboratory in France, where Indian scientists are doing research in Large Hadron Collider (LHC). CERN, the world’s largest physics laboratory, is jointly owned by France and Switzerland.
Kalam is well-known for his major part playing in the existence of Indian Missile Mission including ‘Agni’. He also served as the Chief Project Co-ordinator for the testing of Nuclear weapon — ‘Pokhran-II’.