Exam results not ultimate in life, Kalam tells students
New Delhi: Ever a teacher, former President APJ Abdul Kalam has advised students appearing in various
examinations not to get disheartened by results as these are
not the ultimate in life.
Taking students down the memory lane, he said in an open
letter, "I wrote five important exams in my educational period
- ESLC (8th Class), SSLC (10th Class), Intermediate (12th
Class), BSc and DMIT (aeronautical engineering). Most of the
time, the outcome was not as per my expectations. I had to
even lose one year due to a general paper leakage."
Addressing the students, a community dear to his heart, as
"dear young friends", he said, "I am saying all this to you to
bring in your mind that exams and exam results are not
ultimate in life. If I don`t perform properly for the first
time, I re-write and succeed."
He said, "Success always brings happiness, but sometime we
have to be prepared to go through some setback in examination
due to many reasons. Dear young friends, I would like you to
remember my teacher`s advice -- in life, we have to be
prepared to go through certain unexpected problems. The
problem should not become our captain. Students like you
should become the captain of the problem, defeat the problem
He said the courage to succeed and face unexpected
problems are unique qualities of the youth.
"If God is with us, who can be against? You will
definitely succeed, go on trying. Do not get disheartened by
temporary setbacks," Kalam said.
He ended his letter with a poem, "When you wish upon a
star, Makes no difference who you are, Anything your heart
desires, Will ultimately come to you."
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