"Today, I take oath that if unfortunately my father is corrupt, I will see that he comes out of corruption by way of life." This was the oath taken by hundreds of school and college students as former president Dr APJ Abdul Kalam prepared the young minds to tackle one of the grim issues facing India today _ corruption. Kalam was speaking at a ceremony to give away awards to winners of IGNITE-11 atRJ Mathai Auditorium of IIMA. In all, 21 young innovators were awarded at the function.
Kalam urged students to fight corruption by adopting the mantra
of giving. "You should go to your father and say, 'Dear Father, if this car is purchased with corruption money, I shall not drive it'," he told kids present in the hall. He said that all kids are ambassadors in the fight against corruption.
While interacting with the audience, the former president asked the students not to be anyone's prototype. "How many of you want to be unique? If you want to be one, you should not sit but work hard. The global youth of India wants to be unique. But the world around you would make you like everyone else. Don't follow the prototype of others but be a creator, be different," he said, adding what makes a person unique is his quality to fight until he reaches the destination.
He said one should develop four qualities to become unique _ great aim, continuous upgradation of knowledge, hard work, and perseverance. Kalam also advised students to go to nearby villages and teach illiterate people reading and writing skills, at least on weekends.
At the function, Prof Anil Gupta of IIMA and Vipin Kumar of National Innovation Foundation (NIF) shared the dais with Kalam.