We are certainly incompetent to say even a word about him, but we may be allowed to express our gratefulness to a noble man, since he led us towards nation building, motivated us for a developed nation. We know him as a Scientist and Science Administrator, Professor, Author, Youth Motivator, Missile Man of India, People’s President, Bharat Ratna, Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam. Born on 15 October, 1931 in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, he was the 11th President of India from 25 July 2002 to 25 July 2007.

During his three-day Northeast visit in the year 2006 as the President of India he also arrived at Gumoria village on 17 October, 2006 to floor on the Gumoria Duck Farm under Hahara Gaon Panchayat of Dimoria Development Block in Kamrup (Metro) district.  Addressing on the occasion he said to the women members of the Self-Help Groups, “On both sides of the road I saw ducks and they appear to have benefited your lives.”

Following an evaluation of a field study regarding duck production system in Kerala conducted in the year 2003 in association with the Centre for Advance Studies in Poultry Science, Kerala Agricultural University, the Charra Chambelli breed of ducks of Kerala were introduced in Assam by the State Institute of Rural Development (SIRD), Assam. The study showed that that the agro-climatic conditions of Assam are highly suitable for the Charra Chambelli ducks. Again duck eggs have good demand in the state of Assam as it has high biological value and considered to be a delicacy food item. The study also found that the egg laying capacity of the Charra Chambelli duck is higher in Assam than in Kerala. Backyard duck rearing is a traditional activity in Assam and one indigenous Pati duck can lay about 40 eggs per year, but one Charra Chambelli duck has laying capacity of 200 eggs per year. With the initiation of SIRD, at that time about 500 families of Gumoria village in Dimoria took up backyard rearing of Charra Chambelli duck which has become prime activity of the women later for income generation.
Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam was impressed on the work of SHGs in the village and hence, urged them to work on the concept “One Village, One Product” citing example of villages in Madhya Pradesh that helped to sell their products globally. He also mentioned that “The Gumoria village is the source of inspiration and example for the rest of the country.”

Again, his august arrival to Dimoria College on 6 February, 2010 to motivate students in the path of nation building was jewel on the crown of all the achievements by the College.

People of Dimoria are blessed enough with the deep-rooted association of Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam. But whatever we say is too short and incomplete to have peep all about his profound personality, hence, people will never let elapse the memory of his footprints laid in Dimoria.

In the post-presidency time, he became a visiting professor at the Indian Institute of Management, Shillong. On 27 July, he travelled to Shillong to deliver a lecture on “Creating a Liveable Planet Earth” at IIM, Shillong. But who knows what lies in the roll of time! At around 6:35 p.m. IST, only five minutes into his lecture, he collapsed and rushed to the nearby Bethany Hospital in a critical condition; upon arrival, he lacked a pulse or any other signs of life. Despite being placed in the intensive care unit, he was confirmed dead (aged 83) of a sudden cardiac arrest at 7:45 p.m. IST.  With an outpouring of grief India reacted to his death. May the departed soul rest in peace!

One step forward, now Dimorian Review e-Journal (DReJ) has been indexed under Cosmos Foundation, South-East Asia Division as recognition of quality content publisher. This is an inspiration to us for serving the best consistently. We are thankful to all the researchers, authors and content providers for their incredible contribution in shaping this issue. Hope readers across the globe will find value and love reading this issue.


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