Former president of India to speak on campus April 12


    LOUISVILLE, KY. — The former president of India will deliver a lecture Monday, April 12, at Belknap Campus.

    A.P. J. Abdul Kalam, 11th president of India, will present “Ignited Minds: Unleashing the Power of Youth” at 1 p.m. in the School of Music’s Comstock Concert Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public.

    For security reasons, all guests should be seated 15 minutes prior to the event.

    India’s president from 2002 to 2007, Kalam has pushed his country to invest in education; he has presented plans to develop that country into a knowledge superpower by 2020.

    Kalam is an internationally respected scientist. An aeronautical engineer by training, he helped develop his country’s space and missile programs. He advocates information technology as a key to India’s development as a nation.

    His lecture is sponsored by the Office of the President, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business and the McConnell Center.

    While on campus, Kalam will meet with university officials and students from organizations including the McConnell Center.

    Kalam is visiting Louisville through a partnership among UofL, Greater Louisville International Professionals, the India Community Foundation and the World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana. Those agencies are combining to present an evening program, “U.S., India and the World: 2020 and Beyond,” at the Hyatt Regency in Louisville.

    For more information, email Srini Srinivasan at

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