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Creative Leadership – APJ Kalam

Creative Leadership – APJ Kalam

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Creative Leadership – APJ Kalam
PRESIDENT GOES TO COLLEGE: Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam shares a lightermoment with students at Delhi University's Shri Ram College of Commerce on Monday
20.03.07.NEW DELHI: Calling for a healthier and happier "National Prosperity Index",President A. P. J. Abdul Kalam on Monday said though the country's GrossDomestic Product (GDP) was growing at nearly 9 per cent per year, the economicgrowth was not "fully reflected" in the quality of life of a vast number of people inrural and even urban areas."We have evolved what is called National Prosperity Index which is a summationof: a) annual growth rate of GDP; b) improvement in quality of life of the people,particularly those living below the poverty line; plus c) the adoption of a valuesystem derived from our civilisational heritage in every walk of life which is uniqueto India," said Dr. Kalam at a special function organised to mark the 81st AnnualDay of Delhi University's grand old Shri Ram College of Commerce.Recommending that the students take up a study for implementation of theProviding Urban Amenities in Rural Areas (PURA) programme as a businessproposition in different States around Delhi, he urged them to become "creativeleaders".
Creative leadership
"For success in your missions you have to become
creative leaders
. Creativeleadership means exercising the vision to change the traditional role from
commander to coach, manager to mentor, director to delegator and fromone who demands respect to one who facilitates self-respect
. For aprosperous and developed India, the important thrust will be on the generation of a number of creative leaders," said Dr. Kalam.It was full house at the college with the audience listening to the President in raptattention. Delhi University Vice-Chancellor Deepak Pental, Bharatiya Janata Partyleader Arun Jaitley (who is an old boy of the college), SRCC Governing BodyChairman Ajay Shriram, Principal P. C. Jain, teachers, students and parentsattended the function.
Mission for SRCC
Sharing the features of a PURA complex that he had inaugurated in Chhattisgarh,Dr. Kalam said the mission for SRCC was to assign a three-month project work toa group of four students to come up with a detailed project report andimplementation plan for PURA in consultation with their respective StateGovernments and district authorities.Stating that he had proposed this concept to the Union Government, he suggestedthat the SRCC faculty members facilitate a discussion among students for deriving"comprehensive parameters" that should be included in NPI and asked them tocorrespond with him regarding this through e-mail.
Focus on research
Focusing on the need for more research in the country, Dr. Kalam said: "Goodteaching emanates from research... Any institution is judged by the level andextent of the research work it accomplishes... Shri Ram College of Commerce withits core competence in commerce, economics and business management shouldnow enter into Ph. D. programmes in these subjects."
`Difficult' questions
After his address, Dr. Kalam fielded "difficult" questions from students rangingfrom his interest in spirituality and religion to improving the country's agriculturalsituation, from the States' role in Special Economic Zones to his expectations fromthe youth.Asked if there was any clash between his personal views and the high office heoccupied, Dr. Kalam said the nation's growth was more important than anythingelse and that the country was bigger than the political parties.
Role of corporates
In response to a query on the role of corporates in society, the President said bothprivate and government-owned corporates had a social responsibility."Each corporate can take up a cluster of villages and develop employmentpotential of people living there and ensure that health, education and all suchamenities are provided to them."He administered a three-point oath to the youngsters with emphasis on acquiringknowledge and contributing to the realisation of the vision of India in 2020.All the students who posed questions to the President got a photo-op with Dr.Kalam at the end of his address.

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