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Address at the Silver Jubilee Celebrations of SIES College of Commerce and Economics
Mumbai , Jul 29 2013
Updated on Jul 31 2013
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I am born with wings

"When you wish upon a star,
Makes no difference who you are
Anything your heart desires
Will come to you"

I am very happy to participate at the Silver Jubilee celebrations of SIES College of Commerce and Economics. South Indian Education Society is indeed imparting education that encompasses 20,000 students. SIES is a dynamic partner in education system in the country and has made outstanding contribution in many fields including environment with distinction.

It is a happy occasion that SIES College of Commerce and Economics is celebrating its Silver Jubilee of educational mission. What is the significance of 25 years in the service of SIES College of Commerce & Economics? Dear young friends, as you all know, the planet earth where we live rotates on its own axis in 24 hours and we get day and night. In the same earth, SIES College of Commerce and Economics exists. The planet earth takes one year to orbit around the sun. That means, SIES College of Commerce and Economics has orbited around the sun 25 times with great peaks. My congratulations to all the teachers, students and staff.

Friends, as a part of the silver jubilee celebrations, I am happy to be participate at the celebrations of the diamond jubilee of the first successful expedition to Mount Everest. It is a great event to honor the young and experienced achievers - Master Raghav Joneja, Shubham Kaushik, Fateh Singh Brar, Ajay Sohal, Prithvi Chahal, Guribadat Singh, Arvind Raturi, Arunima Sinha, Dr Murad Lala and Hiralal Yadav. Hence, I would like to share a few thoughts on the topic "I am born with wings".

Friends, when I see the achievers who are seated here, I am reminded of a poem:

Wings to Fly
I am born with potential.
I am born with goodness and trust.
I am born with ideas and dreams.
I am born with greatness.
I am born with confidence.
I am born with wings.
I am not meant for crawling,
So I won?t, I have wings,
I will fly, fly and fly"


.. Jalaluddin Rumi,
.. a 13th century sufi poet.



When I see a large number of students, I was thinking what type of opportunities and challenges are in front of you. Let me describe my visualization of the distinctive profile of India by 2020.
Distinctive Profile of India by 2020

1. A Nation where the rural and urban divide has reduced to a thin line.

2. A Nation where there is an equitable distribution and adequate access to energy and quality water.

3. A Nation where agriculture, industry and service sector work together in symphony.

4. A Nation where education with value system is not denied to any meritorious candidates because of societal or economic discrimination.

5. A Nation, which is the best destination for the most talented scholars, scientists, and investors.

6. A Nation where the best of health care is available to all.

7. A Nation where the governance is responsive, transparent and corruption free.

8. A Nation where poverty has been totally eradicated, illiteracy removed and crimes against women and children are absent and none in the society feels alienated.

9. A Nation that is prosperous, healthy, secure, devoid of terrorism, peaceful and happy and continues with a sustainable growth path.

10. A Nation that is one of the best places to live in and is proud of its leadership.

Integrated Action for developed India

To achieve the distinctive profile of India, we have the mission of transforming India into a developed nation. We have identified five areas where India has a core competence for integrated action: (1) Agriculture and food processing (2) Education and Healthcare (3) Information and Communication Technology (4) Reliable and Quality Electric power, Surface transport and Infrastructure for all parts of the country. (5) Self-reliance in critical technologies. These five areas are closely inter-related and if progressed in a coordinated way, will lead to food, economic and national security.

PURA as a sustainable development system

One of the key requirements towards achieving the distinctive profile of the nation would be the creation of sustainable enterprise driven models at the rural levels. One such system which I suggest is PURA (Providing Urban Amenities in Rural Areas). It is the creation of Physical, Electronic, Knowledge connectivities leading to the Economic Connectivity of the rural region. With this combined and planned intervention of infrastructure, digital technology, information and enterprise, we can select a cluster of about 20 to 50 villages, which share core competencies and empower those using local enterprises. I would like to suggest here, that the SIES, with its many specialization, can take up three PURAs in rural Maharashtra utilizing the potential of the youth of SIES institutions. This PURA can be called as ?SIES PURA? which would empower local villages of Maharashtra. SIES PURA will also facilitate the faculty and students an intensive programme in societal transformation and entrepreneurship.

Now, I would like to discuss another important factor namely global competitiveness, which is essential for faster transformation of our nation into a developed nation.

Sustainable Competitiveness for India

When I was studying the Global innovation Index report for the year 2012, I found that as per Global Innovation Index, Switzerland is ranked 1; Sweden 2; Singapore 3; Finland 4; UK 5; Netherlands 6; USA 10; Germany 15; Russia 51; Thailand 57 and India is in 64th ranking. But the Innovation Efficiency Index ranking efficiency Score for the Top 10 countries; China has achieved 1.13; India has attained 1.10; Switzerland 1.01; Netherlands 0.92.

Some time back, the President of Finland, Her Excellency Mrs. Tarja Halonen, visited Rashtrapati Bhavan. During our discussions, I asked her, what is the significance and how Finland has always been in the first few positions in the competitiveness index in the past few years? She gave three reasons: (1). Education, Education, Education ? it is the foundation for the Finland?s Competitiveness she said (2). Life Long learning is promoted in Finland ? people continuously are in learning mode, (3). Women are empowered with Education. Of course we have similar experiences in India, wherever we have empowered women with education, states have excelled in the Human Development Index. Growth competitiveness is determined by innovative ability of any institution or organization. This innovation arises from institutional initiative and R & D productivity of the firm, shaped by policies and nature of local institutions. National innovative capacity has to be a country?s important potential to reinforce both the political and economic entity with commercially relevant competitive products. This capacity is distinct from purely scientific or technical achievements and focuses on economic application of new technology. I am sure, the education system of SIES is oriented towards promoting innovative capacity of each student passing out from its portals and also inculcate the spirit of "Indomitable Spirit" among the students.

Indomitable spirit

I would like to highlight two personalities; one is highly experienced and another young coming up in a big way in the life.

Work with integrity and succeed with integrity: The Delhi Metro Rail Project has given to the nation the potential of executing a fast transportation system using high technology with reliability through a time bound mission mode operation. Delhi, the Capital of the country with over 14 million populations, has the distinction of having a world class metro rail with frontline technologies. The work on the metro rail commenced on 1st October 1998 and the first phase with three lines covering 66 kms has been completed by December 2005. Delhi Metro has a route length of around 190 kilometers now.

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has brought to the country, the most advanced rail technologies for the first time. The notable gains to the country are, light weight stainless steel, sleek, modern trains with pneumatic springs, regenerative braking, public information display, wide vestibules and automatic doors. The sophisticated coach technology which was not available in the country so far, has been transferred to M/s. Bharat Earth Movers Ltd., Bangalore, which is now assembling these trains with progressive indigenization. BEML is now in a position to supply train sets needed for Phase-II of Delhi Metro Rail Project and meet the requirement for Metros coming up in other cities of the country. Over 1.5 million passengers travel by the Metro today which uses completely clean energy.

Mr. E. Sreedharan, the Managing Director of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has ensured that, all the scheduled sections were completed by their target date or before and within their respective budgets through his programme management skills. The dedicated and transparent leadership backed up with professional competence of Mr. Sreedharan has given to the nation, one of the best transportation systems of the world at the most economic cost. He is a recipient of many national and international awards. Also, he is in demand for undertaking the development of metro system in different countries of the world which he has politely declined due to pre-occupation with committed Indian programmes. Mr Sreedharan is an example of a leader who has the courage to take the decision, every action of the leader is transparent and he works with integrity and succeeds with integrity.

Mission in life: Dear young friends, knowledge will empower you to undertake great missions. While entering into such type of mission in life, you need unique traits for achieving success in your missions, which will require extraordinary courage and the ability to dream big which will help overcome all obstacles. I would like to give an example of a visually challenged young boy, who was not deterred by his physical challenge.

I can do it: Friends, when I was the President of India, on 28 Aug 2006, I met the group of tribal students from Lead India 2020 movement. I asked all of them one question: "What you want to become?" Out of many responses, one visually challenged boy studying IX class got up. His name is Srikanth, he answered me "I will become visually Challenged first President of India". I was very happy to see his vision and ambition. Small aim is a crime. Hence, I congratulated him to realize his vision and told him to work for realizing the vision.

There after he worked hard got 90% in Xth class and 96 % in intermediate and he set a goal to study Engineering in MIT, Boston USA. His relentless hard work not only secured seat but he got full fee waiver from MIT, Boston. Srikanth?s achievement has brought changes in many change agents of Lead India 2020 and inspired to set high vision. The training he took under the initiative of Lead India 2020 has set a high vision for him. Seeing this impact of Lead India 2020 training, Lead India 2020 movement and GE volunteers have funded Mr. Srikanth for his travel to USA. Today he is pursuing his studies at MIT, Boston. When the GE offered him a job on his completion of graduation, he told them that he would certainly come back to GE, if he couldn't become the President of India. What a confidence that boy has amidst of difficulty and the challenges in his life by being visually challenged.

Economic development and creative leadership

Dear young friends, I would like to discuss the relationship of the economic development relating to technology, knowledge, management and the creative leadership. Nations Economic development is powered by competitiveness.

1) The competitiveness is powered by knowledge power.

2) The knowledge power is powered by Technology and innovation.

3) The Technology and innovation is powered by resource investment.

4) The Resource investment is powered by revenue and return on Investment.

5) The Revenue is powered by volume and repeat sales through customer loyalty.

6) The customer loyalty is powered by Quality and value of products.

7) Quality and value of products is powered by Employee Productivity and innovation.

8) The Employee Productivity is powered by Employee Loyalty, employee satisfaction and working environment.

9) The Working Environment is powered by management innovation and sound project management.

10) Management innovation is powered by creative leadership.

Who is that creative leader? What are the qualities of a creative leader? The creative leadership is exercising the task to change the traditional role from commander to coach, manager to mentor, from director to delegator and from one who demands respect to one who facilitates self-respect. The higher the proportion of creative leaders in a nation, the higher the potential of success of visions like "developed India." I am sure, the students assembled here will focus on developing such leaders in every professional cadre.

Conclusion

In conclusion, friends, I would like to ask you, what would you like to be remembered for? You have to evolve yourself and shape your life. You should write it on a page. That page may be a very important page in the book of human history. Will you be remembered for creating that one page in the history of the nation - whether that page is the page of invention, the page of innovation or the page of discovery or the page of creating societal change or a page of removing the poverty or the page of fighting injustice or planning and executing mission of networking of rivers.

Once again, let me congratulate all of you on the occasion of the Silver Jubilee celebrations of SIES College of Commerce and Economics. My best wishes to all the members of SIES success in the mission of promoting value based education for our Indian youth.

May God bless you.

Oath for the students
1) I will have a goal and work hard to achieve that goal. I realize that small aim is a crime.

2) I will work with integrity and succeed with integrity.

3) I will be a good member of my family, a good member of the society, a good member of the nation and a good member of the world.

4) I will always protect and enhance the dignity of every human life without any bias.

5) I will always remember the importance of time. My motto will be ?Let not my winged days, be spent in vain".

6) I will always work for clean home, clean planet Earth and clean energy.

7) As a youth of my nation, I will work and work with courage to achieve success in all my tasks and enjoy the success of others.

8) I am as young as my faith and as old as my doubt. Hence, I will light up then, the lamp of faith in my heart.

9) My National Flag flies in my heart and I will bring glory to my nation.


By, Dr. APJ Abdulkalam
www.abdulkalam.com

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3   Samruddhi SalviPosted OnMar 13 2014 19:29:59
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it was indeed an honour to hear you live sir...thanks to our college..


2   Pooja RaoPosted OnSep 18 2013 20:38:50
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That day was wonderful!!!My first live encounter with you Sir!An enriching experience!Thanks to our college!


1   G.SUBRAMANIANPosted OnAug 05 2013 21:28:32
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I consider this as a supreme advice to every student Each and every citizen of India should read and follow his instructions. I am glad that such a great person isliving amongst us. I wish him a long life. I rate this as EXCELLENT




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