Kohima, December 27 2008: FORMER PRESIDENT of India, APJ Abdul Kalam today asserted that no youth should fear about their future as the ignited mind of the youth is the most powerful resource.
He said that 'if we have aim in life and work hard with confidence' and has the confidence to defeat the problem then success is surely at hand".
Speaking as the chief guest at the 16th National Children's Science Congress at Dimapur today, Dr.
Kalam exhorted the children to have vision in life and work hard and also shared the story of three eminent scientists from India who struggled hard and achieved their goals thereby putting India on the scientific world map.
Touching on the theme of the programme 'Planet Earth � Our home : Explore, Share & Care', Dr Kalam urged the children to plant more trees so as to have a sound environment in their future days.
He also hoped that the National Childrens' Science Congress will be a forum to ignite the minds of the young children as far as scientific temperament is concerned.
Dr Kalam, later on, interacted with the child scientists and other participants.
Responding to a question posed by a student as how the country should respond if it is attacked by nuclear weapons, India's missile man asked the students not to worry about the country's capability to face with such an eventuality and suggested the students to concentrate on studies.
Replying to another question on terrorism, Dr.
Kalam said "In my opinion the terrorism is now a global problem, so a UN mechanism should be set up to deal with this challenge, but at the same time the country should also adopt proper strategy to face this problem".
He also expressed hope that the Science Congress would be a launching pad for the students to grapple with the environmental problems facing by the planet earth.
He pointed out that the young people coming from different parts of the country can learn a lot from Nagaland where the environment and nature has been protected by the Naga warriors with their wisdom.
Secretary, DST, Govt.
of India, Dr.T.Ramasami said that science and technology holds the key for global economy and we have a large number of talented people in the country.
He said that to ignite the young minds, the Govt.
of India has introduced a number of schemes and scholarships so that those children who are interested in the field of science can avail the opportunities.
President, NCSTC-Network, Prof Yash Pal expressed happiness over the huge turnout of children for the programme and hoped that more children will participate in the future.
He said that children should be encouraged to engage themselves on the projects on environment and also learn to communicate and cultivate true spirit of scientific temper through discipline.
He said that children should not imprison themselves with different subjects in Schools but connect with the land, the people and other humanitarian subjects.
He further exhorted the children to go forward to the future and not to go back to the past.
Welcome address was given by Honorary Director, NIHESW, Dr Inakhe Sumi.
Vote of thanks was delivered by State Co-ordinator NCSC Nagaland & Co-convenor cum Co-org Secy, 16th NCSC, Andrew Ahoto Sema.