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Rid India of corruption, Kalam’s call to youth
Teachers should give vision to students
Chander Parkash & Surinder Bhardwaj
Tribune News Service

Sanghol (Fatehgarh Sahib), August 17
President of India Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam today urged the youth to launch a campaign against corruption from their homes for a “corruption-free India”.

Dr Kalam said sons and daughters should tell their parents that corruption was not good and should use their love as a tool to transform them to end corruption.

Dr Kalam gave this call at a question answer session of students of college run by Rana Charitable Trust after inaugurating the Sanghol educational complex in this village which has links with the Indus Valley civilisation. The Sanghol education complex was set up by Lord Daljit Rana, who was born in this village and now lives in the United Kingdom as an entrepreneur.

Dr Kalam, while answering a question of a student of the college why character of national leaders was going down day by day, said he would pose the same question to members of parliament. He, however, added about 45 million youths, who were below 25 years of age, should play a pivotal role in making the country corruption-free.

When asked by a student how could he claim that India could be a developed nation by 2020, he said that population living below poverty line had come down from 260 millions to 220 millions in the past five years. The GDP growth, which had touched 8 per cent, would be touching 10 per cent in a few years. These were the main indicators which showed India could be a developed nation by 2020. He, however, said that a lot of work was to be done to take the country ahead.

Dr Kalam in his laid speech laid stress on the role of teacher in shaping up future of students. He said that teacher should give vision to his students to put them ahead from others. He said teacher should facilitate the development of confidence among his students to enable them to do some thing positive and enable them to meet all problems in their lives.

Narrating some incidents, connected with his own teachers, Dr Kalam said teacher should teach students how to develop capacity and skills to find way out of sea of knowledge and how to become a job generator instead of job seekers.

The President advocated time had come when the management of knowledge should be out of realm of individuals and should go into the hands a group of net works. The students should be given moral education so that they could do right things to influence others to do right things. The teachers should be life-long learners and should make their students also life-long learners.

Governor Punjab S.F. Rodrigues, expressing concern over the incidents of female foeticide, urged people like Lord Daljit Rana and other voluntary organisations to play an effective role to curb this menace.

Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Deputy Chief Minister, said that the Punjab government had been expanding the educational facilities in the state and giving top priority to the uplift of educational infrastructure in rural areas.

Lord Daljit Rana, who is honorary Indian Consul in Belfast, said that his main aim was to spread educational facilities in rural areas of Punjab. The main aim of Sanghol Educational Complex was to make the educational centre as centre of excellence and to provide world-class education to students in every field.

A number of senior civil and police officials attended the function.





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