Dr. A.P J Abdul Kalam And Sri Sri Ravishankar Inspire Youth At MIT School Of Government, Pune

Top Quote Dr. A.P. J Abdul Kalam, Former President of India addressing the youth on "India The superpower" on the second day of the 1st Parliament of Student Council leaders at MIT School of Government. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) January 19, 2011 - Pune - The second day of the 1st Parliament of Student Council leaders at MIT School of Government began with Dr. A.P. J Abdul Kalam, Former President of India addressing the youth on the topic- "India The superpower".
    Dr. Kalam began his session by asking the students to repeat after him "I will work with integrity and succeed with integrity". Taking from here he said "From 2000 to 2007 I have addressed many parliaments in India and abroad. The only message that I have received is that people all around the world want to live in peace and harmony. Hence my focus is on the world knowledge platform". Dr.Kalam then went on to congratulate all the students and representatives for participating in the 1st Parliament of Student Council leaders.
    Dr.Kalam then chose a very unique subject to speak on "What will I be remembered for". He said if we remember 'What will I be remembered for' we will only be a giver - giver of love, education and peace. Dr.Kalam pleaded each member of the council to be a contributor from now on in making our country green, pollution-free and happy place to live in. Interestingly Dr.Kalam also shared the key excerpts from the book authored by him; 'India vision 20:20'.
    Every youth wants to be unique that is 'I'. But the world around us is doing the best to make the youth like 'Everybody' else. The challenge here is how to know what we are and what best we can do. Dr.Kalam concluded his session by saying "I believe that there are four elements that will make us unique; our aim in life, continuous acquisition of knowledge, devotion and perseverance".

    The second session was on very sensitive and spiritual topic 'India Vs Bharat'-Urban rural divide and its spiritual contribution. His Holiness Sri Sri Ravishankar spoke on this topic. He began by saying "I wish parliamentary members thought from heart and not through mind. Then we would not have to wait for 20 years to see a Super India". Sri Ravishankar felt extremely privileged for being invited for the youth parliament. He said "Don't wait to witness situation go bad instead take the ownership and responsibility immediately to make a better Bharat. He urged all the students to learn different qualities from all over the world like team-work from Japan, precision and perfection from Germany, etiquettes and decency from Britain, marketing skills from the US, duplication from China and Humanity from Bharat. "I do not want to talk about GDP but GDH i.e. Gross Domestic Happiness as our roots are very important. Don't give up on your smile. Do everything happily as anger causes destruction" he further said.

    The 1st Parliament of Student Council leaders started with an aim to create a platform for today's youth to sensitize and channelise their energies, to give them the opportunity to learn from eminent personalities. More than 7000 politically and socially active students representing colleges, youth wings and student organizations from all over India are participating in this 3-day mega-event. The inaugural address was done by Hon. Union Minister of HRD, Telecommunication and IT, Shri.Kapil Sibal and Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri Prithiviraj Chavan. Shri Sibal highlighted the various initiatives taken up by the government to create a revolution in the education system that youth of today are aspiring for. He further assured that internet connectivity would reach each and every village of India and thus would enable better access to quality education. Shri Chavan urged the youth to resolve to fight against the forces which are trying to divide the society on the basis of religion and language.

    The Parliament of Indian Student Council leader is the brainchild of young Harvardian Mr.Rahul Karad who is also the dean of the MIT School of Government. This parliament is also supported by the Ministry of Higher and Technical Education, Government of Maharashtra.

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