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Kalam wants developed India by 2020
A.P.J. Abdul Kalam addresses the Absu conference at Bonorgaon Maidangsri Nwgwr in Kokrajhar on Thursday. Picture by UB Photos

Kokrajhar, Feb. 3: Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam said every person is born with potential, asking the students and the teachers to take the responsibility of turning India into a developed nation by 2020. He also laid emphasis on being a good human being.

Delivering a lecture to a huge gathering comprising thousands of students, teachers and guardians at the 43rd Annual Conference of the All Bodo Students Union (Absu) at Bonorgaon Maidangsri Nwgwr in Kokrajhar today, Kalam said: “Teachers build the capacity of learning and help shape a noble life. If you mould quality education with novelty, the citizens will be the foundation for creating Develop India 2020.”

“In another nine years, India will get transformed into an economically developed nation. You, the students, prepare yourself to take the big responsibility of building the nation.”

He exhorted the students to continue to acquire knowledge. “Age 16 to 20 is the most important period when the learning process takes place. We should concentrate on learning and acquire ethical values and not only education. If we miss this, the purpose of life is lost. So, my dear young friends, learn and acquire the knowledge.”

Kalam urged the students to be good human beings. “Where there is rightness in the heart there is beauty in the character. Where there is beauty in the character there is harmony at home. There is order in the nation, there is peace in the world.”

He urged teachers to give quality life to students along with education and shared his experience of how a great teacher can make a students dream and achieve. “The relation between the teacher and students is very unique.”

Asking the guardians to create a library for the children at home, the former President said: “A home library is the most important treasure for a human being. If you start with 20 books, you child will enrich it with 200 books and the grandchildren with 2,000.

To make a corruption-free society, Kalam asked students to ensure that their parents desisted from corruption, adds PTI. “Corruption can be rooted out of society if every youth takes the responsibility of forcing his parents to desist from corruption at home,” Kalam said. “This is the beginning which can ultimately lead to a corruption-free society at large.”

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