The former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam inaugurated the Karnataka chapter of ‘What I Can Give Foundation' on the third day of the techno-cultural event ‘Insignia-2012' at the SDM College of Engineering and Technology at Sattur in Dharwad on Saturday.

Dr. Kalam, who was welcomed with a standing ovation, spoke in his typical style, telling students to repeat some lines from a poem and also asking them to take a pledge to “make your mother happy” and thereby the country.

Dr. Kalam said that while “what can I give” was need for the country, the thought of “what can I take” itself was dangerous.


Urging students to fight against corruption in public life, Dr. Kalam said 35 per cent of households in the country had become corrupt. “If your father is corrupt, using the tool of affection, persuade him to come out of the vicious circle,” he appealed to the students. “When there is righteousness in heart, there is beauty in character,” he said.

He then handed over saplings to 16 students who had won a contest. K.A. Satish, a college professor, was also given a sapling in appreciation of his efforts in setting up the foundation.

A cheque for Rs. 25,000 was handed over to Mathew of Kalkeri Sangeeth Vidyalaya by the alumni association of the college.

Principal S. Mohan Kumar, SDME society vice-president D. Surendra Kumar and project director of SDME Society Shreyas Kumar were among those present.

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