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Think outside box,do social work: Kalam to students

Social evils like female foeticide,dowry system and the problem of drug abuse are some of the impediments in the development of a nation.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh |
November 18, 2011 4:32:57 am

Social evils like female foeticide,dowry system and the problem of drug abuse are some of the impediments in the development of a nation. If Providing Urban Facilities in Rural Areas (PURA) is taken as a mission,it will achieve prosperity for villagers across the country and since 750 million people are living in villages,any mission for development of the country has to be inclusive of this section of population. These were some of the insights that the former President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam provided to students at Cordia Group of Institutions,Sanghol.

Taking a valiant stab at the local language,Dr Kalam started his address to the students and faculty members of the institute in Punjabi. He inaugurated the two-day international conference on rural development-challenges and opportunities. Stressing on the link between youth and technology and envisaging Sanghol to emerge as one of the PURA clusters,Dr Kalam shared his idea of Sanghol to cover surrounding villages.

“Bridge the widening gap between rural and urban population and stop rural migration to urban areas. A concerted effort is needed to develop rural economy and provide facilities in rural areas,which should be at par with urban areas. This widening gap between the rich and the poor,between the urban city and the rural village,in the long run will create major problems for India,” he added.

Dr Kalam gave an address at Chitkara University near Rajpura. He spoke at length on the need to integrate different disciplines in education and the convergence of technology.

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“When you leave campus,you should be an expert in system design,integration and management rather than limiting yourself to only engineering. What worked yesterday,will not work today. In the past,natural resources defined power,but today it is knowledge,” he said.

Dr Kalam shared some of the lessons in the form of his personal experiences during his interaction with the students. He expressed his desire to remain a teacher over becoming the President again. Encouraging them to dream big,he told them that aiming low is a crime. “I am not meant for crawling. I will not. I will fly” was a mantra Kalam made the students recite and learn by heart. He shared his experience when he was rejected during the SSB test for the Air Force at Dehradun,He exhorted students to remember that problems should not become the captain but the students should captain their problems. Further,he asked them to give to society,“as one does not need money to give. Every one of you can do that by teaching people around you how to read and write,planting at least five trees and visiting patients in hospitals who rarely have any visitors.”

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