Former President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, stirs an inspiration

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India’s former President, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, on Tuesday gave a motivational speech so inspirational that it still runs in the young minds of 200 students from across 20 schools in With former President APJ Abdul Kalam’s inspiring words still lingering in their minds, 200 students from 20 schools in Bengaluru. The students were taught on how to be a responsible citizen in the society. They are placing their bets on practical education and not just theory.

The students believe that they can learn from first-hand experiences and not by learning the theory for the sake of scoring marks. The Parikrama festival of Science, a five-day festival had occurred on the GKVK campus on Tuesday. It says to provide a platform for standards VIII and IX, where the children are still building on their concepts of science.  The sessions included topics such as- how to conserve water and understand aquamarine life.

Dr A P J Abdul kalamComing across Vridula H, a student of standard VIII from National Pubic School, Yeshwanthpur, said: “We were taught that water can be chemically created. But that will not suffice. It’s high time students became socially responsible and created awareness on water conservation. Platforms like this is an eye-opener for us.”

The same team will be taken to Jakkurlake, where they will test water samples and hold experiments to check pollution levels.

The students’ responses were overwhelming. It was observed that giving them a practical education inculcated the habit of ‘fun learning’ rather than just asking them to by heart the theory. “It is interesting to know how even a micro-organism plays a vital role in maintaining water quality. We usually don’t measure how much water we use and tend to waste it while washing vegetables or cooking. What we learnt here will have an impact on our life,” said M S Yashaswini, class VIII student of NagarjunaVidhyaNiketan School.

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Archana Belurgikar
Archana currently pursuing her B.E. in Instrumentation Technology at R.V. College of Engineering. Writing has always been her passion since childhood. She is also the chief editor of 'Ensemble'- the official newsletter of Entrepreneurship Cell, RVCE. She believe in leaving behind a mark in the society, and bringing new thoughts that stir the minds of people.