“Reservation policy could lose importance as seats fall vacant”
RAMANATHAPURAM: Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam on Wednesday said that there was nothing wrong in propagating genetically modified crops in terms of achieving food security to the people of the country.
Responding to a query during a question-answer session held at St. Joseph’s Higher Secondary School in Rameswaram, his native town, in which students of 13 schools took part, he said the demand for food was on a rapid rise. The country might require 350 to 400 million tonnes of food items in the year 2020 as against the present production of around 250 million tones. The food production had to be increased. Some genetically modified crops could be tried in order to increase the food production, he said.
Answering to another question of a student, Mr. Kalam said the reservation policy on education could lose its importance in a decade as several hundreds of seats in engineering colleges fell vacant due to the opening of a number of colleges thereby increasing the number of seats.
The medical seats might also be increased in the years to come. The 11th five year plan had provision to increase the medical seats.
He said there could be nothing wrong in buying weapons from other countries to meet the country’s defence requirements.
The good thing was that the country had already been manufacturing several weapons. The country would become self reliantin the near future.
Mr. Kalam said time was not far off when humans would be leading life in moon. The evidences collected through various explorations in moon including Chandraayan had points to prove that humans could live there. It might happen in another 50 years.
Earlier addressing the students, he said each and every house should have a library that should be near the puja room. The parents should take sincere steps to increase the collection of books every now and then. They should make their wards to refer to the books at least an hour a day.
Collector T.N. Hariharan, the Superintendent of Police (in-charge), N. Rajasekaran, District Revenue Officer K. Balasubramaniam, Sivaganga Bishop Soosai Manickam, school correspondent Micheal Raj took part.
Mr. Kalam also gave away awards instituted by CREAT foundation for the best teachers of Rameswaram.