Don`t lose heart by initial failures: Kalam to science students
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Last Updated: Monday, January 04, 2010, 22:33
Thiruvananthapuram: Former President A P J Abdul Kalam on Monday told aspiring scientists not to get disheartened by initial failures, but to work hard to find solutions to various problems in the country, especially those relating to water, energy, waste management and environment.

"Don't get disheartened by initial failures. Work hard, and success will be yours," he told participants of the Children's Science Congress being held as part of the ongoing Indian Science Congress here.

"Absorb, develop and nurture the scientific spirit at a young age," he said while stressing the need to impart scientific literacy to children, apart from general education.

Citing the examples of great scientists like Isaac Newton, Stephen Hawking, C V Raman and Sreenivasa Ramanujan, he said young scientists and researchers should follow their path.

G Madhavan Nair, former ISRO chairman, in his presidential address said Children's Science Congress was a good opportunity for youngsters to listen and interact with senior scientists attending the Congress.

Around 3,500 students, many of them from schools across the country, are participating in various session of the Children's Congress.

Kalam, interacting with the students, said his mother was the inspiration behind all his achievements in science as well as in administration.

"My mother is the leading force throughout my life and career," he said to a question from a student.

Another youngster wanted to know how he could serve the country at a young age using his scientific spirit and knowledge. "Plant as many trees as you can and thus save the environment of the society you live in," he said.

Another way of serving the country was for the youth to go to villages to educate the illiterate.


First Published: Monday, January 04, 2010, 22:33

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