Former President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam exhorted students to appreciate the tolerant society that we live in and to accept the existing differences.
On Friday, in an interaction with the students from The Cathedral’s Composite Pre-University College and High School, Kalam inspired the youngsters by calling them to aim for bigger goals.
Responding to a question from a student about the Northeast violence fiasco leading to the exodus of students from the city, Dr Kalam said, “I have visited each and every state in Northeast India, they have a beautiful culture, good music and vibrant traditions.
Youngsters particularly students should learn to appreciate the diverse culture and the tolerant society.
” Speaking about the resources we have in India, the former president said in the next few decades energy will be the biggest resource.
“There is a need for energy independence and we must get energy which does not have to be emanated from fossil fuel.
” To combat the climate change and to control carbon emissions, he encouraged students to plant ten saplings in two years.
He wanted the students to continuously acquire knowledge.
“To become a unique person, every student must have a great aim and must be hardworking.
Creativity and righteousness in heart with courage is equal to knowledge.
” Speaking about the present garbage problem in the city, Kalam said, “Every household must segregate the waste that is generated into organic and non organic.
: The waste must be used to generate power.