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Don`t lose heart by initial failures: Kalam to science students

Last Updated: Monday, January 4, 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

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.


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First Published: Monday, January 4, 2010 - 22:33
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