Vadodara: Former President APJ Abdul Kalam
said education cannot be categorised as a business product or
system and only great teachers can inspire quality learning.
Addressing the students of Maharaja Sayajirao University
and Prince Ashokraje Gaekwad School at two separate functions
in Vadodara on Wednesday night, Kalam said, "It is not the great building or
a great facility or great advertisements which give quality,
but loveable education and great teachers do."
"Education at the primary level has to be delivered in an
integrated way by great teachers through great syllabus and by
promoting affinity between parents, students and teachers. It
cannot be business product or system," he said.
He suggested educational institutions to introduce
cutting edge technologies for enabling the students to make
faster progress in their learning process.
Capacity building through education will enable students
to deal with the real world, particularly to grow in their
professional career and participate in the national
development, he said.
Research creativity, innovation, ability to use high
technology, entrepreneurial leadership, and moral leadership
capacities are to be built up among students in their
formative years by educational institutions for their
participation in nation building tasks, Kalam said.
"If we develop in all our students these five capacities,
we will produce `Autonomous Learner` a self-directed, self
controlled, lifelong learner who will have the capacity to
both respect authority and at the same time is capable of
questioning authority, in an appropriate manner," he said.
Kalam also emphasised the need on students planting
at least five trees and nurturing them for clean environment.
The challenges of corruption and moral turpitude in the
nation, environmental degradation and need of building a
compassionate society have to be overcome for making the
country economically developed nation by 2020, he said.
Kalam also opened a scheme of Ramkrishna Mission Memorial
which was launched at the youth convention at the C C Mehta
auditorium of MS University as part of the 150th birth
anniversary celebration of Swami Vivekananda.