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Excerpt from Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam's talk to our University Students

I am indeed delighted to be with the student community belonging to engineering, dental, physiotherapy, fashion technology and catering/hotel management. The topic I have selected for this interaction is: “Enlightened Citizens”. All of you provide yeoman service in the mission of transforming India into a developing nation with innovation, creativity, human intelligence and patience. “Service to human being is Service to God”.

As society transforms itself through education, health-care, agriculture and good governance, it has now to focus on resolving impending major crisis in the areas of energy, environment, ecology, water and mineral resources. While opportunities exist for markets up to 80 billion dollars by 2008 for knowledge-based products for India, by a careful planning it is possible to touch a target of even 150 B$ by 2010.

India, has the core competence in ICT, Biotechnology, nano-technology, and also in the newer areas that arise due to the convergence between all of theses, such as Integrated Intelligent Systems. With your specialization in different areas, how you can contribute for the nation building?

There are five areas for simultaneous development: Agriculture and Food processing, Education and healthcare, Information and Communication Technology, Infrastructure development - including River network and self reliance in critical technologies.

For achieving the above mission, the capacities required in educational institutions are: The capacity for research or inquiry, the capacity for Creativity and Innovation, particularly the creative transfer of knowledge, the capacity to use high technology, the capacity for Entrepreneurial Leadership and the capacity for Moral Leadership.

Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam's Address

“BE JOB PROVIDERS, RATHER THAN JOB SEEKERS,” urged the former President of India, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam in his address to the students of Dr. M.G.R. University on February 6th 2004. Talking about the value of youth in contributing to the country's glory, he emphasised the need for the students' commitment and hard work.

He believes that India has great competence and potential in emerging areas like Information Technology, Biotechnology and Nanotechnology. By 2020 he wants India to become a developed nation. To achieve this, he said, it is necessary to develop the capacity for research, creativity, innovation, entrepreneurial leadership and above all moral leadership.

He also emphasised the fact that the Engineering, Science and Humanities graduates passing out of Dr. M.G.R. University should dedicate themselves to contribute to the mission of Developed India 2020 by working in the PURA Programme, which envisages creation of rural wealth and prosperity. He concluded by asking the student community to seek wisdom from the Almighty to help lead them in the path of righteousness through education.



I will pursue my education or the work with dedication and I will excel in it.

From now onwards, I will teach at least 10 persons to read and write for those who cannot read and write I will plant at least 10 saplings and shall ensure their growth through constant care.

I will visit rural and urban areas and permanently wean away at least 5 persons from addiction and gambling.

I will constantly endeavor to remove the pain of my suffering brethren.

I will not support any religious, caste or language discrimination.

I will be honest and endeavor to make a corruption-free society.

I will work for becoming an enlightened citizen and make my family righteous.

I will always be a friend of the mentally and physically challenged and will work hard to make them feel normal, like the rest of us.

I will proudly celebrate the success of my country and my people.







Former President of India