If India Vision 2020 plan to make India a developed country is to be realised, the 70 crore people living in the rural areas of the country must be provided with basic amenities like electricity, road connectivity, good education and quality health care,” stated former President of India, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.

He was delivering the Graduation Day address at St. Philomena’s College in city this morning.

“To transform the nation into a developed country, five areas have been identified,” said Dr. Kalam and added that the five areas are: Agriculture and food processing; Infrastructure with reliable electric power; Education and Healthcare; Information and Communication Technology; technologies and industries.

Dr. Kalam gave four tips to the youth to succeed in their lives, which he called as ‘wings to fly’ — 1. Aim great, 2. Acquire knowledge, 3. Hard work and 4. Perseverance.

Dr. Kalam administered the oath to the 538 passing out graduates — 44 students who completed their Masters’ Degree courses and 494 students who completed their Bache- lor’s Degree courses in various disciplines. The students held lamps while taking the oath signifying that they will share their knowledge like the flame spreads its light.

St. Philomena’s college, established in 1946, is the first degree science college established in the erstwhile Mysore province. This academic year, the college had students from 29 different nations, including India.

Degree College Principal Fr. Leslie Moras, Vice-Principal Bernard Prakash, PU College Principal Fr. Vincent and others were present.

After a brief interaction with the students, Dr. Kalam left for Mahajana’s College to take part in the valedictory of the platinum jubilee celebration of Mahajana Education Society.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore