Foundation laid for JSS Ayurveda College

Former President Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam today underlined the need to create database of traditional medicinal plants for specific bio-activity and lead for development of new drugs. He was delivering a lecture after unveiling the foundation stone for the JSS Ayurveda Medical College and Hospital Building Complex at Suttur Mutt premises.

New technologies as evidenced by human genome sequencing, proteomics, chemogenomics, ultra high throughput screening is revolutionising drug discovery. Medicinal plants offer enormous scope for development of drugs, he added.

Dr. Kalam also called for development of invitro propagation methods for understudied and unstudied plants, development of an effective network for dissemination of information, training and technology, transfer and post harvest technology, creation of technology parks and demonstration units, development of industries near farming areas for value added products, consortium for collection of raw materials processing and marketing, standardisation of quality parameters, centralised clinical trials and toxicological studies.

Lead India 2020

Dr. Kalam disclosed that he had started a movement called 'Lead India 2020 movement.' "It is indeed a youth movement, with the mission for young students based on the oath which I have specially designed," he added.

"The oath given to the youth by me conveys that the youth can make difference to the society where they are living in the areas of literacy, environment, social justice, minimising rural-urban divide, and work for the national development, while working hard for an individual goal. I insist that small aim is a crime. I see the youth development has multiple dimensions: The youth working hard improving his knowledge with a career goal, can serve the family, can serve the society, can serve the nation to which he or she belongs and can serve the humanity as a whole. All are uniquely connected”, Dr. Kalam said.

Now I would like to administer an oath for the youth since planet Earth is facing many conflicts both natural and man-made. As a youth, all of you have a responsibility to work for universal harmony by ironing out all the causes of conflicts. Are you ready to repeat with me?

Dr. Kalam administered the nine-point oath to the students of JSS Institutions.

The Oath

1. I will have a goal and work hard to achieve that goal. I realise that small aim is a crime.

2 I will always be righteous in the heart which leads to beauty in the character, beauty in the character brings harmony in the home, harmony in the home leads to order in the nation and order in the nation leads to peace in the world.

3. I will work with integrity and succeed with integrity.

4. I will be a good citizen, a good member of my family, a good member of the society, a good member of the nation and hence a good member of the world.

5. I will always try to save or better someone’s life. Wherever I am, a thought will always come to my mind. That is 'What can I give?'

6. I will always protect and enhance the dignity of every human life.

7. I will always remember that 'Let not my winged days, be spent in vain'.

8. I will always work for clean planet Earth and clean energy.

9. As a youth of the Globe, I will work and work with courage to achieve success in all my tasks and enjoy the success of others.

Books released

Sri Balagangadharanatha Swamiji of Adichunchanagiri Mutt released two books on the occasion. The first was "Heart to Heart," a collection of speeches by Dr. Kalam in JSS Institutions and the second was "Kalam Kamaal" Kannada translation of "The Kalam Effect" by PM Nair, translated by Vishveshwara Bhat (Editor of Vijaya Karnataka daily).

Sri Shivarathri Deshikendra Swamiji of Suttur Mutt graced the occasion. CCIM Vice President Vaidya Jayaprakash Narayan, Vishweshwara Bhat, Mayor Ayub Khan, former Minister Tanveer Sait, former MLA A.R. Krishnamurthy and several dignitaries were present.

Dr. Kalam, who inaugurated the silver jubilee celebrations of Mahajana First Grade College, will return to Bangalore after attending an interaction with the teachers of JSS Medical College at the College premises later in the day today.