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Kalam Inaugurates 16th NCSC

Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam addressing the inaugural function of 16th National Children’s Science Congress, Saturday.
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, DEC 27 (NPN):
Published on 28 Dec. 2008 1:18 AM IST
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“No youth should be afraid of the future” said former president of India, Dr. Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam Saturday at the inaugural function of the 16th National Children’s Science Congress (NCSC) here at the Livingstone Foundation Higher Secondary School, Thahekhu/Kevijau which would be held till Dec 31. Speaking as chief guest at the inaugural ceremony, Dr Kalam, said youth should not be afraid of the future as an ignited mind was the most powerful resources on earth. Dr. Kalam said that the NCSC was also an opportunity for the participants from all parts of the country to see the beauty of Nagaland and experience its grandeur and scenic landscapes. Exhorting the students to pursue their goals through hard work and perseverance, Dr Kalam illustrated the point with the achievements of three eminent Indian scientists who achieved their goals despite having to undergo intense struggle in childhood later to make the difference in society. The former president also lent his full support towards afforestation by urging students maintain a clean environment and participate in the mission of planting trees. He hoped that the Science Congress would be a forum to ignite the minds of the youth and a mechanism to inspire them in all aspects. Dr. Kalam also made the students take pledge : “Science is a lifetime mission. I will work work work and succeed. Wherever I am, a thought will always come to my mind, that is, what I can invent, innovate or discover”. Dr Kalam said he envisioned India as a country where rural and urban divide would have decreased by the year 2020. Popularly called as “Missile man of India” for his involvement in rocketry, Dr Kalam interacted with child scientists by answering a volley of questions on terrorism, politics, unemployment problem etc. Asked why India was tolerating all the terrorist activities from Pakistan, Dr Kalam said terrorism was a global phenomenon and that anyone practicing terrorism should be punished. He said good minds must combine together to fight evil minds of terrorism. Asked if India would be safe in the event of any major attack from outside, he said, “India is well equipped. Our strength is much better than any one else”. Categorizing politics into political politics and developmental politics, Dr.Kalam urged young people to take up politics and fit into the latter category. In his address minister for School Education, Nyeiwang Konyak who graced the occasion as the guest of honour pointed out that the NCSC was started in 1993 with the objective to provide a forum to children from 10-17 years. He expressed hope that the Science Congress would help students to have innovative minds. Secretary, DST, government of India, Dr. T. Ramasami, president, NCSTC-Network, Prof Yash Pal also exhorted the gathering. State chief minister, Neiphiu Rio; chief secretary, Lalhuma; additional chief secretaries, Alemtemshi Jamir, Banuo Jamir; vice chancellor Nagaland University , Prof. K. Kannan were among a host of dignitaries who were also present on the occasion. Hony Director, NIHESW & cum organizing secretary, 16th NCSC, Dr Inakhe Sumi delivered the welcome address while State Co-ordinator NCSC Nagaland & Co-convenor cum Co-org Secy, 16th NCSC, Andrew Ahoto Sema proposed the vote of thanks. The 16th NCSC which the state is hosting for the first time witnessed a capacity crowd of more than 3000 people and attended by 20 schools in Nagaland, 35 other states from the country, 200 guests and six State guests.

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