KU pass-outs get Dr Kalam’s mantra of success

Kavre, November 18:

Former Indian President and a well-acclaimed scientist, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, said youths need to inculcate in them special capabilities such as research and enquiry, creativity and innovation, besides using advanced technology and demonstrating entrepreneurial and moral leadership, for the sake of achieving higher economic growth.

Dr Kalam was addressing the 14th convocation of Kathmandu University in Dhulikhel.

Students should be able to face new professional challenges, think differently, tread on an unexplored path so as to discover the impossible and to succeed by combating problems, said the nuclear scientist.

“The unique quality of youth is to work and to work with courage to achieve success in all the missions of the nation,” Dr Kalam added.

“Seeing peaks in Nepal gives me happiness and inspires me to have a greater vision to guide myself in the right direction,” he said. He also made the graduates repeat after him ‘I will work with integrity and succeed with integrity’.

Sharing his experience, Dr Kalam said a leader must have a vision and passion to realise the

vision. “One must know how to cope with success and failure and must have courage to take a decision,” he said, adding, “A leader is blessed with nobility in management, transparency in action and works with integrity and succeeds with integrity.”

He also stressed on the need of a good education system, saying the need of the hour was to ensure students’ growth and to contribute to the nation’s economic growth.

Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal reiterated that the government was undergoing a peace process, maintaining that it was high time to inject creativity and dynamism in the society.

Dr Suresh Raj Sharma, Vice Chancellor of KU, said despite having abundant natural resources, Nepal was lagging behind due to the lack of modern technologies. He said the country’s education system, economic and other policies had not been effective for wider distribution of opportunities.

“Many existing problems have their roots in the lack of modernisation of our education system, legal system and the failure of our political leadership to effectively address these issues,” Dr Sharma said, adding, “There is an urgent need to find effective solutions to these problems.”

Among the 1,400 graduates to receive degrees today, Catherine Byrd Dalton received Chancellor Gold Medal for topping the Master’s level. Jasmine Shakya received Vice Chancellor Gold Medal for topping the Bachelor’s level while Raju Uperiti and Bishal Chalise got Juddha Bahadur Shrestha Gold Medal and Rana Bahadur Shah Gold Medal, respectively, for topping Master’s in Business Administration.

Students said they were elated to hear words of inspiration from the man behind India’s nuclear success.