Small aim is a crime: Kalam

“Have the courage to think different, invent, travel to unexplored parts, combat the problem and succeed,” said A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, former President of India, to students of St. Mary’s Anglo Indian Higher Secondary School.

On Thursday, he visited many educational institutions in the city.

At St. Mary’s School’s 175 annual and parents’ day at Kamarajar Arangam, Mr. Kalam said history had proven that those who dared to imagine and break the limits had changed the world.

“When you look at the light bulb above you, you remember Thomas Alva Edison. When the telephone bell rings, you remember Alexander Graham Bell. Marie Curie was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize. When you see the blue sky, you think of Sir C.V. Raman,” he said, and asked students what they would want to be remembered for.

“I have met 18 million youth and each wants to be unique,” he said.

The challenge was to fight the hardest battle until you reached the destined place. Students needed to aim great, work hard and persevere. “Small aim is a crime,” he told them.

Fr. Jayapalan Raphael, SDB, Provincial Salesian Province of Chennai, detailed the history of the school and St. John Bosco.

He also took a moment to remember teacher Uma Maheswari. She was stabbed by a student in 2012.

Speaking at Queen Mary’s College’s centenary year celebrations, Mr. Kalam said: “There are a number of women who have brought about immense change in society.”

From Jhansi Rani, who led the battle against the British to modern-day women like P.T. Usha and Vanitha Mohan from the NGO Siruthuli that helped improve Coimbatore’s water situation; there are many women with remarkable achievements, he said.

About the four important qualities of a student, he said, students must have a great aim. Once they have determined their aim in life, they should learn from the ‘great books and the great people.’

Hard work and ability to face challenges head-on will help them achieve any dream, he said.

Mr. Kalam inaugurated the conference on ‘Woman Power and Social Change’ and an instrumentation lab.

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