PUDUCHERRY: At a time when scams and corruption were surfacing frequently, former President APJ Abdul Kalam had advised students to become ambassadors against corruption of parents. During the Pondicherry University‘s 15th Convocation on November 2, 2004, he advised students to fight corruption which he said was like a cancer against development. India was on the list of the most corrupt nations he said and advised students to persuade their parents to lead a righteous life and take up a crusade against corruption.
“I have started a movement against corruption.”, he said.
On June 8, 2012 while interacting with medicos at Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute, he said the youth of the nation are best to start the mission against corruption and urged them to begin it at their home. “Though Lokpal is necessary, a movement from home is the only solution to prevent corruption. What Lokpal will do is it will find the guilty and put them in jail and prisons will be filled up. What we want is nobody should go to jail as we want good human beings,” said Kalam.
Kalam had also wished that JIPMER should get transformed into an international institute of medical research and medical technologists from all over the world could work jointly for solving health-related problems in the world.
While dedicating JIPMER to the nation as an Institute of national importance and inaugurating the Superspecialty Block, Trauma Care Centre and Auditorium in October 2008, the former president said that Primary Health Centres (PHCs) be made 100 percent functional with good doctors and quality medical care extended to rural areas .