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Kalam asks students not to emulate others and be unique

Shiv Sahay Singh
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“World around you is doing its best to make you just like everybody else”

Moment of pride:A handicapped student receiving Infosys Travel Award from former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam at the inaugural ceremony of the Children's Science Congress in Kolkata on Friday.- Photo: Arunangsu Roy Chowdhruy
Moment of pride:A handicapped student receiving Infosys Travel Award from former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam at the inaugural ceremony of the Children's Science Congress in Kolkata on Friday.- Photo: Arunangsu Roy Chowdhruy

Stating that parents and teachers always cite examples of others to children, former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam n Friday asked the students to be unique, instead of emulating others.

“Why do you have to become like someone when you are unique?” he said inaugurating the Children’s Science Congress held as part of the Centenary Session of the Indian Science Congress here.

“I have met 15 million youths in India and abroad in a decade's time. I learnt that every youth wants to be unique -- that is, you. But the world around you is doing its best to make you just like everybody else.” Dr. Kalam said.

Speaking to the young students on “Excellence in thinking and action”, he said that by 2020 India has to become one of the great countries in the pursuit of science and technology.

“To help your country achieve that status all the young minds of today needs to have courage. Courage to think differently, to invent, to travel into an unexplored path, courage to discover,” Dr. Kalam said.

Explaining to the students about ‘God Particle’, he said he is sure that in future some of them would find it interesting to take up research in the area of particle physics.

Dr. Kalam also released a book on the country’s Mission to Mars, expected to be launched in October.

The book, written by Srinivas Laxman, a journalist and son of the renowned cartoonist R. K. Laxman, has been published by Vigyan Prasar, a unit of the Union Ministry of Science & Technology.


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