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Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Kalam urges students to stay off the beaten track!
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Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam speaks at a youth meet at AJK College of Arts and Science in Navakkarai near Coimbatore on Monday. Photo: S. Siva Saravanan - The Hindu.
India Vision 2020 of transforming India into a developed nation can become a reality only if every student and youth is individually innovative. It involves putting the nation before oneself, former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam said here on Monday.
Inaugurating ‘Youth Meet 2011' under the theme “Rise to Achieve” of the AJK Educational Institutions at Navakkarai near Coimbatore, Mr. Kalam asserted that of all the resources on earth, youth was the most powerful resource. Hence it was important for them to leave the beaten track and try something different.
“Those who have achieved through their innovations are remembered even today. The question is whether you want to be remembered for something you do,” he asked the huge audience of school and college students.
Mr. Kalam said that the vision for the nation should be based on strong pillars of development. It should focus on reducing the rural-urban divide, equitable distribution of land and water, providing value-based education, access to best health care, ensuring responsive and corrupt-free governance, alleviation of poverty, and a secure and terrorism-free state. He also urged students to become active in the PURA (Providing Urban Amenities in Rural Areas) Mission by taking it up at micro-levels such as colleges.
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