HYDERABAD: A packed auditorium went into a frenzy when A P J Abdul Kalam started speaking at Mahindra Ecole Centrale College of Engineering here on Thursday. When one of the students asked Kalam, “What can I contribute to fulfil your dream of Vision 2020”, he answered--”your Knowledge”. India is a knowledge society and we should strive to be a member of this society, he stated.
At a time when the world is moving towards knowledge economy, the paradigm of the past has no relevance, felt Kalam, adding that practicing orientation with commitment is the only mantra for success. He urged the students to work and succeed with integrity. While addressing the students, the former president, said that a good teacher becomes a great book to students, and that the students should always search for such books. Delving deep into his formative years, Kalam reminisced about the contribution made by his teachers and professors towards his career. He said, “Every teacher does two things to students, one is to radiate the knowledge and the other is to radiate the purity of life.” “Kalam can be introduced in three letters--Q I D wherein Q stands for Quality, I stands for Innovation and D stands for Dedication,’’ said Sanjay G Dhande, Director, Mahindra École Centrale.
Calling for aholistic approach to education, he rued that India produces millions of engineering graduates every year, still we have a large number of unemployed engineers.
The Jawaharlal Nehru Technical University-Hyderabad in-charge VC, Shailaja Ramaiyer said that the university is working out a curriculum revamp to make engineering students more employable.