Ex-president launches Vijayalakshmi PURA in Sirumugai
“Fight the hardest battles of life to achieve the mission and to reach the desired destination. Time flies and none can have control over it.
A day with 24 hours has 1,440 minutes and 86,400 seconds. When time flies, students should learn to navigate the time. Let not thy winged days, be spent in vain,”said former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam at the launch of the Vijayalakshmi PURA (Providing Urban Amenities in Rural Areas) to ensure sustainable development in 20 to 30 villages adjoining Sirumugai village near here on Sunday.
This initiative will be supported by the staff and students of the Sree Vijayalakshmi Matriculation Higher Secondary School and aims at enhancing connectivity in three areas namely physical, electronic and knowledge ultimately leading to economic connectivity.
Kalam also inaugurated a science expo with exhibits by the students and inaugurated the indoor stadium of the school.
The exhibition had participation by various students from a number of Government schools in and around Sirumugai.
While interacting with students, Kalam said, “I have met 13 million youth in a decade.” I have leant that every youth wants to be unique.”
He reminded the students of great scientists such as Thomas Alva Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, Wright Brothers, Sir C.V. Raman, Nobel Laureate Chandrasekhar Subramanian and Madam Curie and exhorted them to be unique enough to join these ranks one day.
Kalam urged students that they should inherit an India which is devoid of urban – rural divide, a country with equal distribution of water and energy resources.
He added that education with values transcending beyond the barriers of economics and social inequality should be ensured for all and emphasised the need for transparent administration and quality health care for all.
According to him, the creation of a society without poverty, injustice and cruelty to women could make India an ideal nation.
‘Plant more saplings’
He also threw light on the need for planting more tree saplings and made students take a pledge to plant at least ten trees.
District Collector M. Karunagaran, founder of Shree Vijayalakshi Charitable Trust and School O. Arumugasamy were present.