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Kalam tells students to aim high in life
He came, he saw, he conquered is how one has to describe former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam’s visit to the town on Wednesday.
Addressing a gathering of about 1,500 students and others, the missile man told the students to “aim high in life, have good thoughts and try hard to achieve the aim.”
He said he had had three missions in life: one was in Indian Space Research Organisation to develop the country’s space programme; two was in Defence Research Development Organisation regarding Agni missile project; and three was the implementation of Providing Urban Amenities in Rural Areas (PURA) project.
In accomplishing the missions, Mr Kalam told the students, he learnt to have a vision, translate the vision to mission, acquire knowledge to execute the mission and finally, persevere to accomplish the mission.
After addressing students, he then took questions from them. To a question about India’s nuclear programme, the former scientific advisor to the Defence Minister said in another 10 years, India would be in a position to make use of thorium it had in abundance as nuclear fuel.
On the decline in agriculture, Mr. Kalam said from 117 million hectares at present, the cultivable land would come down along with the number of farmers, which at present was 60 million.
The production, however, had to be doubled from 200 to 400 million tonnes by 2020, and that was possible only through technological intervention.
High yielding varieties
He suggested technological intervention in the form of cultivating high yielding varieties.
To another question on use of nuclear energy, the former President said nuclear technology per se was innocent and its use depended upon politicians.
They could use it for power generation, radiation for cancer treatment, etc. or for making bombs.