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'Prez never appeared for any NASA exam'

By Onkar Singh in New Delhi
Last updated on: February 23, 2005 18:43 IST
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President A P J Abdul Kalam never appeared in any scientist discovery competitive exam conducted by the US space agency National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Press Secretary to the President S M Khan said on Wednesday.

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"There are reports in a section of media that the President appeared in some scientist discovery competitive examination in which a boy Saurabh Singh from Ballia, UP claims to have stood first in 2004.  This is to clarify that the President had never appeared in any such exam," Khan told on Wednesday.

Media reports said Saurabh Singh had topped the Scientists Discovery Competitive Examination, an exam in which Kalam had stood seventh and astronaut Kalpana Chawla 23rd when they were in school.

Saurabh Singh met President Kalam on Wednesday.

NASA officials, meanwhile, have said there is no such examination that they are aware of.

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Onkar Singh in New Delhi