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APJ Kalam calls upon students to adopt habit of reading


Monday, December 28, 2009 10:01:00 PM, UNI

Former president APJ Abdul Kalam

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Tiruchirapalli: 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 students should take a pledge to establish a small library in their homes with at least 100 books and parents should take a pledge that they would help their wards buy more and more good books.


He said family system could make our country most knowledge oriented and harmonious if girl students helped illiterate and uneducated women and made them aware of the importance of good health and hygiene.


He advised students to lead their life with a proper aim.

Later, participating in a Question Answer session, Dr Kalam said caste and community conflicts could be ended by opening more quality higher centres of learning, like engineering, medical and management colleges.


To a question, he said provision of adequate opportunities and seats could end the policy of reservation in a long term.


To another query, Dr Kalam said as the President of the country he was unable to fulfil his dream. He said when he took over the Country's highest Constitutional post, he was told that Rashtrapati Bhavan consumed four MW of thermal power. He wanted to install environment friendly solar and wind energy system. But, by the time he could clarify the very large number of questions raised by the different departments, his term was over, he said.















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