“Providing 7,000 Primary Urban Amenities in Rural Areas (PURAs) in six lakh villages in the country is the only alternative to ensure sustainable development of rural and underprivileged people, which is the need of the hour,” observed former President of India Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam here today.

Delivering a special lecture on ‘Livable Planet Earth’ at JSS Arts, Commerce and Science College on Mysore-Nanjangud Road here at a function organised as part of JSS Mahavidyapeeta’s Golden Jubilee Celebrations, he said that the country should aim at achieving ‘energy independence’ by resorting to more and more usage of solar, atomic, bio-fuel and alternative forms of energy and minimise the use of exhaustible energy resources.

Stating that three billion of the 6.7 billion people in the universe did not have access to safe drinking water, he said that almost half the population of the planet did not have hygiene and sanitation facilities.

In his elaborate lecture on the challenges being faced by man on various fronts, Dr. Kalam said that the population of the planet was likely to touch the eight billion mark by 2025 and added that almost half of them will be denied of safe drinking water and sanitation in that period.

In his parting observation, the former President said, “Based on conflicts, be it national, regional or global, there is an element of frustration among all nations. Now, despite these conflicts, the people would like to live in peace and harmony. Every nation needs a mission bigger than its people.”

The function was held in the presence of Suttur Seer Sri Shivaratri Deshikendra Swamiji in which District in-Charge Minister S.A. Ramdas, JSS University Vice-Chancellor Dr. B. Suresh, JSS Mahavidyapeetha Executive Secretary B.N. Betkerur and others were present.

On the occasion, the former President also inaugurated the Golden Jubilee hall built at the JSS College premises by unveiling the plaque.

On his arrival at the venue, Dr. Kalam was accorded a poorna kumbha welcome.

Later, Dr. Abdul Kalam participated as chief guest at the programme to mark the commemoration of 150 years of Sarada Vilas Educational Institutions at its Centenary Hall.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore