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St Teresa's Elysium, the Platinum Jubilee Multi Complex of St. Teresa's
College was inaugurated by his excellency Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam on
3rd February, 2008.
Dr.Jancy James, Vice-chancellor, MG University, Prof.Mercy Williams, Mayor,
Cochin Corporation, Sebastian Paul, MP, K. V. Thomas, MLA, Sri Mohammed Hanish,
District Collector, Sr.Emeline,Provincial and Sr.Christabelle, Principal were also present.
The fight against corruption must start from the households. The Youth of today
should take an oath to eradicate corruption from their home, said former
president of India A.P.J Abdul Kalam.
Quoting one of his experiences during his visit to a college, Kalam said about a
question asked by a student named Bhavani. She asked me what role the youth can
play for eradicating corruption.
I replied like this -The government cant create great citizens. The shaping of
one 's character takes place at home from where the corruption also starts.
So the youth must protest against it from the roots.
While talking about his vision of future India he said, India has everything,
but need of the hour is youth with a will power to do things.
With his free and fine talk, Kalam assumed the role of a teacher for Teresian's
too, as he taught them the importance of a righteous heart. A righteous heart
builds beauty in character, which brings up harmony in home and finally
keeps the world peace, he said.
Only three persons in the world can nurture a righteous heart-the father,
the mother and the primary school teacher, he said. The two women who
influenced him the most were his mother and M. S. Subhalakshmi, he said.
He recollected the evening when he became the ardent fan of Subhalakshmi,
after hearing Entharo mahanubhavulu during a concert in 1950.
He shared his vision of an India in 2020. 'My dream country will ensure
equalency of services to all sections, where the distance between the rural
and the urban will be reduced and agriculture, industry and service sector
work in harmony', he said.
He wished that the country will be free from illiteracy and will ensure
education to all, a country where atrocities against women and kids are
nil, a peaceful, secure India.
While talking about the present Indian women, who are marching ahead with
men in all fields, he recited the poem by Subramania Bharathi written in 1910,
about the emerging women of tomorrow.
During the interaction session, when one of the student asked him whether
there is life in another planet, his reply was this, 'The earth is rotating around
the Sun which is a star. In the milky way, there are enormous number of stars and
planets.So I think, we are not alone'.