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He urges students to work and succeed with integrity

Encouraging: Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam (centre) at ‘Insight 2010,' a national management symposium organised by Loyola Institute of Business Administration (LIBA), in Chennai on Thursday. LIBA director Fr. P. Christie (left) and Loyola College Rector Fr. K. Amal are in the picture. — Photo: A. Muralitharan
Encouraging: Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam (centre) at ‘Insight 2010,' a national management symposium organised by Loyola Institute of Business Administration (LIBA), in Chennai on Thursday. LIBA director Fr. P. Christie (left) and Loyola College Rector Fr. K. Amal are in the picture. — Photo: A. Muralitharan

Nearly 25 per cent of time taken to cover the syllabus should be spent on professional skill development to improve employability of 10 million students passing out of schools and colleges, said A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, former President.

Answering questions at Insight 2010, a workshop organised by Loyola Institute of Business Administration (LIBA) and Financial Software and Systems, Mr. Kalam laid stress on professional skills in secondary and college education as part of the system for enhancing employability. A college student could earn a degree and a diploma and a student passing out of school could obtain two certificates, he said.

To a question how religion could be leveraged for national development, he said the educational system should help the students celebrate differences.

Five areas have been identified in the mission to transform the country into a developed nation.

They are agriculture and food processing; reliable and quality electric power; surface transport and infrastructure for all states; education, healthcare and ICT; and self-reliance in critical technologies. All these are closely inter-related and if progressed in a coordinated way would lead to food, economic and national security, he said.

Detailing how creative leadership could lead to economic development, Mr. Kalam urged students to work and succeed with integrity and be visionaries.

Loyola College Rector Fr. K. Amal and LIBA director Fr. P. Christie were present.

Earlier in the day, Mr. Kalam, inaugurating an international workshop on ‘Electro Magnetic Forming Technology (EMFT)' at Anna University, asked the experts in the field to form core groups and prepare a road map for collaboration among agencies specialising in EMFT which could cut costs and reduce process time in automotive and aerospace industry. Anna University Vice-Chancellor P. Mannar Jawahar and Registrar S. Shanmugavel participated.

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