MADURAI: Each member of the society must plant at least 10 tree saplings and nurture them in their lifetime; this way 100 crore trees could be planted in the country to help preserve natural resources, improve climate and make the environment more sustainable, said former President of India A. P. J. Abdul Kalam.
In his special address after inaugurating the Kaviperarasu Vairamuthu Endowment at Madurai Kamaraj University here on Tuesday, Mr. Kalam said that poet Vairamuthu’s poem on trees was an inspiration for him to campaign among youth to plant trees.
Mr. Kalam said that India was in the midst of another freedom struggle and this struggle for second independence was to create a developed nation with complete economic development and “for this purpose Vairamuthu must write poems to rekindle the spirit of patriotism among the youth.”
He reminded the ‘Four Ball Analogy’ of Vairamuthu in which he said that friends’ family and health were glass balls that we carried in everyday life; but it was the work, which was a rubber ball, for which we gave too much importance and thus failed to have a satisfactory life.
He also lauded the poet’s scientific thoughts which were interspersed in many of his poems.
Mr. Kalam appreciated the efforts of Madurai Kamaraj University in building a knowledge society.
By having a wider reach, the university’s distance education programme had resulted in the empowerment of the youth.
He also stated that the university’s School of Biological and Life Sciences department was widely regarded as one of the best in the nation.
In his acceptance speech, Mr. Vairamuthu said that Mr. Kalam’s consent to inaugurate the endowment was a recognition of his contribution to the language.
He thanked Mr. Kalam, Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi and Vice-Chancellor R. Karpaga Kumaravel for creating the endowment.
“My association with the university gives me more satisfaction than contributions on the cultural arena as the former will stand the test of time and grow further through research,” he said. Dr. Kumaravel said that the endowment would involve in translation of important literary works in all foreign languages and an indexing of the literary texts available would also be done.
Besides, seminars, workshops and endowment lectures would be organised every year, he said.