Kalam inaugurates golden jubilee celebrations of Bapuji Education Association
The former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam said on Saturday that the education system should be changed in such a way that it prepared each student could meet any challenge. The education system should instil confidence in students, besides guiding them academically, he said.
Inaugurating the golden jubilee celebrations of the Bapuji Education Association here, Dr. Kalam said that every student could dream of becoming Thomas Alva Edison, who invented the electric bulb; Ramunajan, mathematician; Madame Curie; or even Sachin Tendulkar, who had scored a hundred centuries in international cricket, if he worked hard, involved himself completely in studies and acquired knowledge, continuously.
He called upon students to aim high and work hard.
Dr. Kalam said that there was no need for the youth to fear the future as there were ample opportunities. However, the youth should not waste their precious time, he said.
He administered an oath to students to plant at least five saplings in their locality and nurture them.
M. Mallikarjun Kharge, Union Minister for Labour, in his address, said that the government was spending Rs. 21,000 crore on education and Rs. 11,000 crore on the midday meal programme.
He stressed the need to start vocational and skill-development courses. G.M. Siddeshwar, Davangere MP, and Shamanur Shivashankarappa, MLA and secretary of the BEA, spoke.
Chandrashekar Kambar, recipient of the Jnanpith Award, who inaugurated the Samskrutika Saurabha on Friday, organised as part of the gold jubilee celebrations, complimented the Bapuji Education Association (BEA) for providing education to the youth for the past 50 years.
Dr. Kambar said that writers had dreams but no power to realise them, and politicians had power but no dreams or foresight.
On popular demand, Dr. Kambar recited his popular poem “Marethenendare Mareyali Hyanga...” during the programme.