Think out of the box, Kalam tells children


Be yourselves, don’t ape others, says the former President

Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam interacts with a student at Children's Congress during the Indian Science Congress in Jammu on Tuesday.— Photo: NISSAR AHMAD

Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam interacts with a student at Children’s Congress during the Indian Science Congress in Jammu on Tuesday.— Photo: NISSAR AHMAD

It was the children’s day out at the ongoing Indian Science Congress here on Tuesday.

After a day of lectures, children taking part in the five-day session had a rollicking time when their favourite icon Abdul Kalam addressed them in his inimitable style. Opening a special session of the Children’s Science Congress, held as part of the main event, he renewed his request to children: “Be yourselves and don’t try to ape others. Every person in this world is unique. He or she should remain so and not try to do what someone else is doing.”Education was essential for the development of children, he noted. He, however, rejected the “tendency” of parents and teachers to pressure children into focussing on top ranks. The former President advised children to strive for the best in their career. “Try to be best, whether you want to be a doctor, engineer, teacher, or even a political leader or an astronaut.”

Asking them to think out of the box, he recalled that Finland overcame a major economic crisis after the collapse of the USSR because its Prime Minister sought suggestions from the citizens to rebuild the economy and zeroed in on a proposal worked out by a group of students, which focussed on promoting mobile telephony. The plan worked. “Nokia handsets are now a household name in the world. Finland economy is again flourishing.”

Mr. Kalam said great inventors made their mark only through unrelenting pursuit of their dreams. ISRO successfully launched the GSLV surmounting hurdles because of the dedicated work of scientists for over two decades.

 

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Sushumna Kriya Yogam(Yoga) training


A free training programme on ‘Sushumna Kriya Yogam’ will be conducted at Gandhi Bhavan behind Kakinada Municipal Corporation office on Wednesday. The two-hour long training programme will begin at 4 p.m. According to P. Sanjeev Kumar, secretary of the Universal Spiritual Foundation, the training would help improve one’s self-confidence, concentration and mental peace.

Further details can be had on phone number 92902-72484, according to a press release issued here.

 

Free educational websites designed


A virtual school uploaded with subject-based lessons, 1,008 short stories and 100 corporate skills, is now made available to the children of all age groups.

International Council for Educational Research and Training (INCERT) and AIMS designed an educational website that imparts online classes. Director of INCERT and AIMS Jaya Venugopal said:

“The objective is to eliminate the concept of tuitions where children can sit at home and access lessons at their own convenience. ”

The three websites – http://www.drjayasvirtualschool.in, www. nanamma.co and www. corporateskills.org aim to reach out to the children. The portal also provides e-library.

 

Two-day workshop from Dec. 20


The Department of Basic Sciences and Humanities, Gudlavalleru Engineering College, will conduct a two-day workshop on the theme: ‘Continuing Professional Development of ESL teachers on Reflective Model’ from December 20.

The workshop is being sponsored by British Council, UK, and is conducted as a part of a British-Council-funded one-year project. Teachers of English from different engineering colleges, technological universities, and degree and postgraduate colleges are expected to attend the workshop. The participants will be acquainted with some of the proven strategies of teacher reflection and will be encouraged to draw up an action plan for their own professional development on the Reflective Model.

For details call Balantrapu Kalyan, Assistant Professor of English, on 97038 15390 or email eltworkshopgec@gmail.com

 

A trip down memory lane


B.Com students of the 1982-85 batch of Lankapalli Bullayya College felicitating Phanibhushan Rao, who was college principal during their tenure, at a reunion organised by Bullayya Old Students Association in Visakhapatnam on Saturday.

B.Com students of the 1982-85 batch of Lankapalli Bullayya College felicitating Phanibhushan Rao, who was college principal during their tenure, at a reunion organised by Bullayya Old Students Association in Visakhapatnam on Saturday.

There is always one teacher who is a favourite among the students in every school or college and so much so that even those who don’t directly study under her try to attend her classes.

The popularity does not end with the course term but extends into real life outside the four walls of the institution. Once the students grow older and taste success they understand the real contribution of the teacher in their lives, student of B.Com during 1982-85 at Lankapalli Bullayya College and vice president of Bullayya Old Students Association (BOSA) Ch Ramakotaiah said.

He along with some 100 classmates, girls and boys, all of them in positions of eminence in society, got together for a reunion and felicitated their teachers on the occasion. Of the 100 present 11 were serving in Police Department, 13 are in construction industry, 30 in government jobs and rest in different businesses. Of the 40 old girls most are in teaching profession.

They felicitated the then principal of Bullayya College Phanibhushan Rao, the then vice principal Satyanarayana and lecturers Mohammed Riyaz and Ranganayakulu. The veneration shown by the students reflected the influence the teacher had on them when they were young. The former students vied with one another to get photographed along with their favourite teacher and their joy was clearly written all over their faces.

“The reunion made us feel at least 10 years younger. It is one of the most memorable moments in our lives. We are planning to organise more such events,” a former student Janani said.

The get together was possible due to meticulous planning of the organising committee of old students association comprising B Ramakrishna, V Kamaraju, G Madhavi, Aruna, Anita, Renulata, Kanakalata and Anjan Kumar.

After the felicitation of their teachers the old students went to the college. The group went around the campus and spent time in their old classrooms.