Clean conscience key to meeting social responsibilities: Kalam
Putaparthi (Andhra Pradesh), Nov.23 (ANI): President A.P.J.Abdul Kalam has said that every individual should have a clean and clear conscience while discharging his responsibilities in and for society.
Addressing the 25th convocation of the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning on Wednesday evening, Dr. Kalam lauded the institute for shaping not just graduates, but human beings with great value systems, all of which were drawn from "our civilization and heritage".
Recalling Sai Baba's oft-repeated message that "True divinity is a combination of spirituality and social obligations", Dr. Kalam said these two components would ensure that an individual remained a life-long learner.
Commending the 418 students graduating from the institute this year, he said they had a uniqueness about them, which other graduates did not have.
"For me, it is indeed a birth of a truth that the graduates of this institute with the education edifice grounded in the value system of this divine campus will always shine as life long learners. You are blessed with a divine environment which flows from our civilization heritage creating a value system that you will cherish throughout your life," Kalam said.
Examples to substantiate the above view existed in the past as well as the present, Kalam said.
He said that the purpose of human life was beautifully described in the "Bhagawat Gita", as well as in the incidents in the lives of people living in the present. For instance, he said, Lord Krishna showed Arjuna two scenes of Vrindavan -- one where the whole garden was blossoming with beautiful flowers and fragrance and the flowers were attracting honeybee, and the second where all the flowers which had blossomed in the morning had now fallen on the ground.
Lord Krishna's message to Arjuna then was "Try to be like the flower, unassuming despite all its qualities".
In the modern context, Kalam said quality leadership was the need of the hour. This involved showing respect, and hearing and solving problems at the right time. Enhancing performance and productivity also required a humane, patient and ethical dealing of people, Kalam said.
Secondly, he said there was a need to maintain a high standard of ethics
Showing faith and giving encouragement to people working with or under you was another prerequisite for success and well-being, said Kalam, adding that the indomitable spirit of the human being had the blessing of the Almighty.
In conclusion, he called for encouraging the convergence of technologies, and for the promotion of a "World Knowledge Platform" with the objective of integrating the core competencies of partner countries.
"This platform will enable joint design, development, cost effective production and marketing of the knowledge products in various domains based on the core competence of partner nations to international market," Kalam said.
The various missions of the World Knowledge Platform, he said should include:
1. Energy: exploration, storage, production and conversion
2. Water: treatment, sustainable use, efficiency in use and minimal utilization for maximum use, desalination
3. Healthcare: Diagnosis, drug delivery system, life long care.
4. Food: preservation, storage and distribution
5. Knowledge products: Hardware, Software and Networking Products and user interfaces.
6. Automobile: Hardware and embedded software integration, assistance in transport system through GPS.
7. Healthcare: Gene Characterization, Stem Cell research and molecule to drug towards the diagnostic and treatment of the diseases like Cancer and Diabetics.
8. Traditional medicine: Herbal and natural products, sharing experiences with modern bio products.
Kalam said that only a virtuous and courageous person could use the instrument of conscience to further his or her goals in life, and therefore, everyone should develop this ability. (ANI)
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