Words by : Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam @ RVIT
Words by : Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam in RVIT on 21st of July, 2015
I am indeed delighted to address and interact with the students, Faculty and Staff of R.V. Institute of Technology here in the historic town of Bijnor. My greetings to all of you. I understand Agriculture is the main source of income in bijnor, with sugarcane being the main crop. Friends, I also understand that R.V. Institute of Technology has been working on several Rural Development Projects and other social relevant programmes like Farmer’s Meets and Self reliant workshop. Promotion of Green Building Campus and several other social initiatives by RVIT are worth appreciating. The vision of the institution is “To transform young minds into technocrats, globally competitive, highly skilled with positive mind set, who live with human value in full respect of the co-existence”. I am sure, students come out of R.V. Institute will have the capacity to feel and do that I can do it. I would like to greet all the faculty members and the supporting staff for shaping the young minds. Let me share about an important experience of system development systems integration and system management, which I had during my education at MIT Chennai. While I was studying aeronautical engineering in MIT, Chennai, (1954-57) during the third year of my course, I was assigned a project to design a low- level attack aircraft together with six other colleagues. I was given the responsibility of system design and system integration by integrating the team members. Also, I was responsible for aerodynamic and structural design of the project. The other five of my team took up the design of propulsion, control, guidance, and avionics and declared my work to be gloomy and disappointing. He didn’t lend an ear to my difficulties in bringing together data base from multiple designers. I asked for a month’s time to complete the task, since I had to get the inputs from five of my colleagues without which I cannot complete the system design. Prof. Srinivasan told me “Look, young man, today is Friday afternoon. I give you three days time, if by Monday morning I don’t get the configuration design, your scholarship will be stopped.” I had a jolt in my life, as scholarship was my lifeline, without which I cannot continue with my studies. There was no other way out but to complete the task of design. My team felt the need for working together round the clock. We didn’t sleep that night, working on the drawing board skipping our dinner. On Saturday, I took just an hour’s break. On Sunday morning, I was near completion, when I felt someone’s presence in my laboratory. It was Prof. Srinivasan studying my progress in the drawing board. After looking at my work, he patted and hugged me affectionately. He had words of appreciation: “I knew I was putting you under stress and asking you to meet a difficult deadline. You have done great job in system design”. What I learnt from engineering education was. How important system development, system integration and system management is? This integrated learning experience assisted me in various faces of my career. Friends, finally I would like to ask you, what would you like to be remembered for? You have to evolve yourself and shape your life. You should write it on a page. That page may be a very important page in the book of human history. And you will be remembered for creating that one page in the history of the nationwhether that page is the page of invention, the page of innovation or the page of discovery or the page of creating societal change or a page of removing the poverty or the page of finding new technologies for humankind.
My best wishes to the students, faculty members and staff of RV Institute of Technology, Bijnor, for success in the mission of creating enlightened citizens toward building a knowledge society.
May God bless you.