Chicago (Agencies): Indian-American Centre (IAC) has announced an essay competition for the students of a school here in honour of former President APJ Abdul Kalam.

The essay contest, to be held in cooperation with the Indo-American Heritage Museum, will include subjects on science, environment and public policy.

The contest will be organised for Illinois high school students in honour of Dr Kalam's forthcoming visit to the city in April.

"It really is a privilege for us to be among the sponsors of this event honouring an individual like Dr Kalam who is so committed to the environment, his inspiring work strives to make the world better, and we're happy to be a part of this endeavor," Ashref Hashim, a member of IAC's Board of Directors said about the contest.

"I think high school students are a part of the forefront of this movement and this essay contest can inspire and motivate these students to think differently and come up with an innovative solution that can truly impact our community... and anything a community can do to help the environment can, in turn, give back to the globe," stated Hashim.

After retiring from presidency in 2007, Kalam has dedicated himself to the development of science. The winner will awarded a complimentary ticket to Kalam's public reception on April 24.