TIRUCHI: Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam on Monday suggested a three-dimensional approach involving meaningful education, religious harmony and poverty alleviation to make India a developed nation by 2020.
While imparting education along with value systems, to make learners great human beings, religions must be linked through spirituality. Accepting that theologies of religions could not be connected, Dr. Kalam explained that spirituality being common to all faiths, would serve as a binding factor. And to ensure peace that is vital for achieving the 2020 vision through an enlightened society, poverty must be alleviated, he said delivering a special address on the second of the two-day XII South Zone Jesuit Alumni / ae Congress - 2009 organised by the Federation of Jesuit Alumni/ae Associations of India at the St. Joseph’s College.
“Righteousness in heart at the level of every individual is what determines beauty in character, harmony at home, orderliness in the nation and peace in the world,” Dr. Kalam said adding that this virtue was developed by parents and primary school teachers.
Adverting to the theme of the Congress: ‘Towards Eco Restoration and Human Solidarity’, Dr. Kalam coined the slogan “billion trees by billion people.”
He insisted that every individual in the country must grow a tree. Each teacher could influence thousands of students to transform the initiative into a movement.
Dwelling at length on the enormity of carbon emission, Dr. Kalam stressed the need for developing high efficiency solar cells and tapping nuclear power and bio fuel for a clean environment.
Describing the seven to nine per cent GDP (Gross Domestic Product) growth as an “urban phenomena,” he felt that progress must be determined on the basis of ‘National Prosperity Index’.
The former President stressed on rural development through creation of 7000 PURAs (Providing Urban Amenities in Rural Areas) through physical and electronic connectivity, as was being done in 64 villages by the Periyar Maniammai University.
He called for efforts to increase the number of teachers with total commitment to the profession to make the task of creating several hundreds of universities for achieving a better gross enrolment ratio in higher education a smooth process.
An alumnus, Dr. Kalam recalled his student days from 1951 to 54 and showered encomiums on his teachers, especially Rev. Fr. Sequeira, English teacher and warden and Rev.Fr. Chinnadurai, teacher of Nuclear Physics.
India Vision 2020 was initially a document prepared by the Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC) of India's Department of Science and Technology under the chairmanship of A. P. J. Abdul Kalam and a team of 500 experts. The plan is further detailed in the book India 2020: A Vision for the New Millennium, which Kalam coauthored with Dr. Y. S. Rajan.
Kalam described the plan as follows: "Transforming the nation into a developed country, five areas in combination have been identified based on India's core competence, natural resources and talented manpower for integrated action to double the growth rate of GDP and realize the Vision of Developed India".
Now there is a group or private organization called "Visionaries Organisation In Service to Society (VOISS)" and their page names in social-networking sites as "Let's complete his vision 2020" to promote this vision 2020 after the death of Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam on 27 July 2015
Vision of APJ Abdul Kalam
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- Critical technologies and strategic industries: The growth of nuclear technology, space technology and defense technology.
- Decrease the rate of poverty and illiteracy, make people educated through media, communities, social net working sites and increase the Indian market rate CURRENCY by purchasing Indian manufactured goods.
The benefits of the plan
- A nation where the rural-urban divide has been reduced to a thin line. All parts of India will become developed.
- A nation where there is an equitable distribution of, and adequate access to, energy and quality water.
- A nation where agriculture, industry and the service sector work together with symphony.
- A nation where education with a good value system is not denied to any meritorious candidates because of societal or economic discrimination.
- A nation which is the best destination for the most talented scholars, scientists, and investors from around the world.
- A nation where the best of healthcare is available to all citizens of India
- A nation where governance is responsive, transparent and corruption-free.
- A nation where poverty has been totally eradicated, illiteracy removed, crime against women and children is absent, and no one in the society feels alienated.
- A nation that is prosperous, healthy, secure, devoid of terrorism, peaceful and happy, and continues on a sustainable growth path.
- A nation that is one of the best places to live in and is proud of its leadership.
- A nation should develop places like an visit pilgrims in India and capable leadership