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Excitement over Kalam visit

- School abuzz with plans & activities for former President

Students of Soshit Samadhan Kendra are on cloud nine these days, as former President APJ Abdul Kalam is slated to visit their school for an interactive session in the third week of December.

Some pupils are planning to take pictures with Kalam, while others want to take his autograph. Some also want to perform in cultural programmes to impress their high-profile guest.

This will be Kalam’s second visit to the institute set up for Dalit children. He had visited the school in November last year.

Pricipal Archana Jha said the students would present a stellar show for Kalam. “We celebrated our foundation day in July. Students had then organised a cultural programme. Some students of classes VIII, IX and XI had staged Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare. We have decided that the students will perform the play again,” said Jha.

“Care would be taken while selecting students for the cultural programme. We don’t want to disappoint Kalam in any manner,” Jha said.

Bablu Kumar, a Class IX student, wants to pose a question to Kalam, which has been bothering him since he read his autobiography, Wings of Fire. “I have read his autobiography. His first ambition was to be a pilot but he changed his aim later. He then wanted to be a scientist and he achieved his goal through hard work and dedication. I want to know why he changed his mind. In a newspaper article, I had read that Kalam advised people to stick to their aspirations. I want to ask him why didn’t he stick to his goal?” said Bablu.

Class XI student Manoj Kumar also has a question for the former President. “I want to know his daily routine when he was a child. I want to follow the same and be successful like him,” he said.

Not only students, even teachers are upbeat about Kalam’s visit.

Mathematics teacher Brajesh Kumar said: “I know Kalam would be busy with the students. But if I get a chance, I would ask him a few mathematics puzzles. I want to see how much time he takes to solve those problems.”

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