“I want to see India as a nation where the rural and urban divide reduces to thin line by 2020,” said Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, former President of India. He was addressing students during the convocation of Chandigarh group of Colleges, Landran campus, on Thursday.
He said, “By the year 2020, we need to develop a nation with an equitable distribution and adequate access to energy and quality water.”
Addresing the students, Kalam said, we need integrated action for the development of India and we had identified five areas where India had a core competence for integrated action, including agriculture and food processing, education and healthcare, information and communication technology, reliable and quality electricity and surface transport and infrastructure for all parts of the country.
These five areas were inter-related and if progressed in a coordinated way, would lead to economical and national security, he added.
He stressed on self-reliance in critical technologies. He underlined the significance of PURA (Providing Urban Amenities in Rural Areas), saying that it meant creation of physical, electronic and knowledge connectivity to lead to economic connectivity of the rural India.
CGC might take an initiative by implementing one such project around SAS Nagar for developing a cluster of 50 to 100 villages by utilising the potential of students of their college, he added.
Dr Kalam conferred degrees on engineering, pharmacy, hotel management, bio-technology, BEd, MCA and MBA students of CGC, Landran and Gharuan campus. As many as 58 university toppers were given gold, silver and bronze medals, during the function. Chandigarh Group of Colleges, Landran, chairman, Satnam Singh Sandhu and CGC president Rashpal Singh Dhaliwal presented a model of Golden Temple, Amritsar to Dr Kalam.
Dr Kalam reminded students of the famous verses of 13th century Persian Sufi poet Jalaluddin Rumi and made them recite with him:
I will fly and fly
- “I am born with potential.
- I am born with goodness and trust.
- I am born with ideas and dreams.
- I am born with greatness.
- I am born with confidence.
- I am born with wings.
- So, I am not meant for crawling,
- I have wings, I will fly
- I will fly and fly”