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".
"For success in your missions you have to become
. 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.