Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
interacting with a student during the silver jubilee
celebrations of Cauvery College for Women, in Tiruchi.
R. Ashok/The Hindu)
APJ Kalam calls upon students to adopt habit of reading:
Former President A P J Abdul Kalam today called upon girl students
to adopt habit of reading which will help them acquire knowlege.
Speaking at the silver jubilee function of Cauveri College for Women
here, he said girl....
“We need to empower ourselves with a sense of purpose and knowledge
with righteousness at heart and imbibe the strength from the lives
of many indomitable human beings, whether they are from science or
arts or public service or any other field to make the development
inclusive and sustainable in a democratic setup", The Hindu
quoted former President A. P. J. Abdul Kalam as saying.
Dr. Kalam was addressing the silver jubilee special
function of the Cauvery College for Women in Tiruchi (Tamil Nadu) belonging to Reddy
Educational Trust, on ‘Empowering the young for sustainable
development’ on Monday December 28.
Dr. Kalam said that development of the nation
required development of States, villages and individuals.
The former President pointed out that the college
education for the students was not just a period that became history
but provided an empowerment to meet the challenges of life.
Similarly, the teachers are not just teaching the students but
educating them for life with an empowerment of knowledge with a
Dr. Kalam said that there were four proven steps
viz., having an aim in the life before 20 years of age, acquiring
knowledge continuously, hard work towards the aim and perseverance
to defeat the problem to get achievement in life.
are three sources – mother, father and teacher. Teacher is the most
important of the three, particularly primary school teacher", he
Dr. Kalam said that a dynamic college should have
eight characteristics _ radiating greatness by the teaching
capacity, learning environment with library, internet, e-learning
and creative laboratories, the team spirit of students, promoting
best in learning all round to all the students, teachers becoming
role models, capacity to teach all students to succeed, and
generating creativity among all students.
Talking about the integrated action for developed
India, Dr. Kalam said that five areas – agriculture and food
processing, education and health care, information and communication
technology, reliable and quality electric power, surface transport
and infrastructure, self-reliance in critical technologies _ were
identified where the country had a core competence. These areas are
closely inter-related and if progressed in a coordinated way, will
lead to food, economic and national security.
Later, Dr. Kalam answered the questions during a
brief interactive session.
Earlier, V. Sujatha, principal, in her welcome
address explained the achievements of the college.
L. Ramanathan, N. Balakrishnan and P. N. Natarajan,
president, secretary and treasurer respectively of the Reddy
Educational Trust, honoured Dr. Abdul Kalam. Ms. Shalini, college
union president, proposed a vote of thanks.