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Apr 19, 2013 at 12:58am IST

Need to bridge gap between rural, urban, says APJ Abdul Kalam

Mohali: The gap between urban and rural should be bridged for overall development of the country, former President and 'Missile Man of India' APJ Abdul Kalam said on Thursday.

Addressing engineering students of Chandigarh University during a convocation ceremony at Landran near here, Kalam said development of rural areas was the need of the hour as the real power of the country lies in its villages.

Sharing his vision of making India a world power till 2020, Kalam said there was a need to bridge the gap between urban and the rural areas for the country's all round development.

Need to bridge gap between rural, urban: Kalam

APJ Kalam said development of rural areas was the need of the hour as the real power of the country lies in its villages.

He also emphasised on the need to develop agriculture, food processing, education and power sector of the country. 'Vision-2020' should become a national movement so that India could become world power within the remaining seven years, he said, adding, young students should take responsibility to take the country forward.

The 82-year-old scientist clicked instantly with the students as he began his speech with the verses of a 13th century poem.

"I am born with potential, I am born with goodness, I am born with ideas and dreams," he recited quoting the verses of Persian Sufi poet Jalaluddin Rumi.

Sharing anecdotes from his student life, Kalam recalled how he initially failed to design a low-level attack aircraft in 1957 at Madras Engineering college but did not give up until he succeeded.

"I failed in my first attempt, my guide came to me and said the result is disappointing, and then I worked harder and designed the aircraft in one month," he said, advising students not to bother about failures and carry on till they achieve their goals.

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