Insightful two day workshop by Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam at IIM Indore

 | March 27,2012 04:33 pm IST

The Indian Institute of Management Indore played host to the former President of India, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam for the fourth time, on 25th March 2012 and 26th March, 2012.


The lecture held on the 25th was open to the public and was attended by more than 500 people, including not just the participants of various programmes of the institute, but also by the faculty and the general public of all ages. The topic for the lecture was Journey of Life. He recounted incidents from his own life, but at the same time, he taught everyone a lesson through the same. Stressing on the importance of being a good human being, he said, Where there is righteousness in heart, there is beauty in character. Where there is beauty in character, there is harmony in home. Where there is harmony in home, there is order in the nation. Where there is order in nation, there is peace in the world.


On the morning of 26th March, the participants of the Post-Graduate Programme in Management (PGP) at IIM-Indore witnessed two sessions on 10 pillars of Development Policy and Empowering 3 billion by Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam at the institute today, during his two-day visit to the institute. In the afternoon, the participants of PGP would get a unique opportunity to present to Dr. Kalam on topics such as Nuclear policy of India and Education


In the first session on 10 pillars of development policy, Dr. Kalam stressed on Vision 2012 and the various things required in attaining that vision. He stressed that the role of management graduates is that of an agent of new economic order. The vision 2020 is that India must be a nation where there is no urban-rural divide, a nation where there is equitable distribution of resources, a nation which is the preferred destination for scholars and where theres good governance, a nation without poverty, a nation which is prosperous, healthy and happy. To attain this mission, he elaborated that India must make use of opportunities in its five areas of core competency- agriculture & food processing, education & healthcare, information & communication technology, infrastructure and self-reliance critical technology. He also added that multiple nations should bring together their core competencies to eradicate common problems and shortcomings. The economic development is powered by competitiveness, which in turn is powered by knowledge which in turn is powered by creative leadership, he added.


The second session was on Empowering 3 billion: Sustainable development and empowering the villages. The lecture was jointly conducted by Dr APJ Abdul Kalam and Mr. Srijan Pan Singh. They talked about the global vision by saying that one must look from global prosperity and peace which would thereby ensure peace at the regional/continental level and lastly peace at the local level. They emphasized that the rural population, which forms almost 50% of the global population, can be empowered through physical connectivity (developing infrastructure), electronic connectivity (use of technology), economic connectivity (development of SMEs etc) and Knowledge connectivity (through education, healthcare etc). Special attention was given to the point that out of the box thinking is needed to meet vision of a righteous global order


Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam ended the session by describing some of the traits required for creative leadership. They are being a visionary, having a passion to transform, having the courage to travel unexplored paths and having the ability to manage success and failure. He advised the students to work with integrity, and succeed with integrity.


The students were left wanting for more and were inspired by the words of the Missile Man of India, said Ninad Bhangle, after the lecture.