THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Former President A P J Abdul Kalam continues his ceaseless journey to inspire youth to play their role in nation-building. His most recent interaction was with the students of Government College for Women, Thiruvananthapuram, where he paid a visit on Wednesday morning.
“You can consider me a Keralite,” he began, “because I lived here for 20 years between 1962 and 1982. I worked in Thumba and stayed in Trivandrum.”
Kalam started his lecture with the lesson he took away from his years at Thumba. “You must never let problems become your master, instead you must be the captain. This is the message I took away from working at Thumba,” he told the students. Women, he said, traditionally were considered to excel in fields like art, literature and medicine. “But now they are making their mark in other fields too, such as politics. In the new government, it is women who are holding major portfolios like External Affairs, Water Resources and Human Resource Development,” said Kalam, who had attended the recent swearing-in ceremony of the new Prime Minister and his Council of Ministers.
“You should also dream of becoming leaders of tomorrow and these dreams need to be inculcated by the universities in which you study,” the former President said.
Kalam went on to talk to the students about the ‘Evolution of Responsible and Happy Citizens’ and asked them to aim to be “unique” by “setting a great aim, continuously acquiring knowledge, by hard work and through perseverance.”
Poet Sugathakumari, an alumnus of the college, was also present at the function, and was felicitated by Kalam. Others present included Mayor K Chandrika, Director of Collegiate Education M Nandakumar, college principal Krishnaprabha and vice-principal N Jayakumar.