Never say impossible, Kalam tells students

INSPIRATION FOR ALL: Mrs Y.G. Parthasarathy of Padma Seshadri group of schools greets President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam on the occasion of her 80th birthday celebration at the group's T.Nagar school in city on Thursday. — Photo: R.Ragu  

Staff Reporter

CHENNAI: Students of Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan group of schools waited eagerly for nearly four hours on Thursday to hear President Abdul Kalam speak. By the time he wound up his 30-minute interaction with the children, even adults in the audience were left asking for more.

Kalam laced his speech with questions and answers, anecdotes about scientists and motivational talk. The occasion was the 80th birthday celebrations of Mrs. Y.G. Parthasarathy, director and dean of the PSBB group of schools and the venue, PSBB Senior Secondary School on Thirumalai Pillai Road in T.Nagar.

Dr. Kalam urged the students to use their imagination and never heed the word "impossible." "Science has the ability to make the impossible possible. So use your imagination and keep asking questions."

The President said in the last two-and-a-half years, he had interacted with more than 90,000 students. "It is important for students to remain inquisitive. Parents and teachers must encourage children with their questions and never put them down."

Dr. Kalam came out with a small list of interesting questions he had faced during the period. He recalled the names of students who had posed the queries.

Responding to a question on what made an ideal student, Dr.Kalam recalled his own experiences at St. Joseph's College, where teachers taught him moral science. "Moral science as a subject is very important to schools.

An average student spends close to 25,000 hours at the school by the time he is 17 years. It is important to mould him by then."

PSBB adopts school

On the occasion of the Mrs. Y.G. Parthasarathy's birthday, her granddaughter Madhuvanthi Arun launched a school in her name.

Mrs. Y.G. Parthasarathy announced that the PSBB group would adopt a Panchayat Union Middle School at Sundaracholavaram in Poonamallee taluk. "It was Dr.Kalam's idea that our group should extend activities to rural areas," she added.

The octogenarian administrator also presented the President with a Tamil poem (Vazhthupaa) she had penned.

The school authorities presented a biography of Mrs. Y.G. Parthasarthy written by Lakshmi Devanath to the President.

Mr. Kalam presented a set of books to the school along with a picture of the Milky Way.