China has invited India’s “missile man” and former President Dr A P J Abdul Kalam to teach at the prestigious Peking University here, offering him a lab of his choice to work with students.
On his first-ever visit to China at the invitation of the Beijing Forum, a government-backed intellectual body, Kalam appeared happy to receive the offer but said it would depend on his schedule.
Asked whether he would be visiting Beijing often to teach, he said, “I am a teacher. I teach in US and as a Professor wherever the knowledge takes me I go and share it. Particularly, I like meeting young people and I would like to contribute to their knowledge.”
Kalam was extended the invitation to teach by Peking University Chairman Zhu Shanlu when he met the former Indian president Thursday. He was invited to teach the subject of his choice once a year and stay as long as he wanted to. The subject could be science and technology or humanities, Kalam’s secretary H Sheridon said. The offer included the setting up of a lab of Kalam’s choice, he added.