‘India in need of talented youth’

DUBAI—“I can do it, we can do it and the nation will do it,” said Dr Kalam while administering an oath to students. The former Indian president, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, was inaugurating a three-day teachers training workshop at The Indian High School, Dubai, on Sunday. The workshop being hosted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is designed to provide teachers with an understanding of the new international curriculum developed by the board.


Muaz Shabandri

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Published: Tue 19 Apr 2011, 12:19 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 10:19 AM

Over 32 schools around the world have already adopted the CBSE (I) curriculum as part of a pilot project by the board to bring education reforms and provide students with an international perspective. The workshop brings together international educationalists from the Middle East, Japan and East Asian countries.

The former president interacted with students from Indian High School (IHS) at their campus in Oud Metha.

Pointing towards the increasing importance of creating employment, Dr Kalam said, “Presently our university education system contributes three million graduates and post graduates every year and the students seeking employment after completion of 10th class and 10+2 class are around seven million per year. Thus nearly 10 million youth are injected into the employment market every year. In the 21st century, India needs a large number of talented youth with higher education for the task of knowledge acquisition, knowledge imparting, knowledge creation and knowledge sharing,” pointed out Dr Kalam.

“When Titanic sank, did ships around the world stop travelling through the oceans?” exclaimed Dr Kalam while answering a question from a fifth-grader from JSS International School, Al Barsha. which he visited later.

“Disasters can happen anywhere, anytime but it does not mean we stop working on development of new technologies. Nuclear energy is going to play an important role in the future and I don’t see the need to halt the development of energy resources,” said Dr Kalam in his reply to the student’s question which raised concerns over the role of nuclear energy post the nuclear crisis in Japan.

Questions on corruption, role of civil society in new India, youth development and contribution of student ideas contributed to the entertaining one hour heart-to-hear session with the former Indian president.

“Inventions and discoveries have emanated from creative minds which have constantly been working to make their dreams come true with their uniqueness,” exclaimed Dr Kalam. “How can we fight corruption in India?” asked a student during the Q&A session.

Dr Kalam replied, “Ask your father and mother not to support any form of corruption in the country. If you convince your parents not to support corruption, it will help in creating a better nation.” — muaz@khaleejtimes.com

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