Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: Former president of India APJ Abdul Kalam`s office on Monday rejected reports of his ill health saying that the 82-year-old is absoutely fine.
A news report quoted Kalam’s private secretary saying that the rumours have been doing rounds about the nuclear scientist ill health. He rejected the reports and said someone is playing mischief.
Meanwhile, Kalam has been awarded an honorary degree by Scotland`s prestigious University of Edinburgh for his contribution to science and technology.
"The award presented by University Principal and Vice Chancellor Timothy O`Shea is in recognition of Dr Kalam`s outstanding contribution to science and technology, and his commitment to helping transform India into a developed nation by 2020," it said.
Kalam, who served as the president of India from 2002 to 2007, received the degree during a dinner held in his honour on May 15, the varsity said.
The 82-year-old is regarded as the father of his country`s space programme and in recent years, has campaigned to highlight the plight of India`s rural poor, advocating the use of technology to address social and economic inequalities.