Former President Kalam was presented 'Basava Puraskara award'

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Bangalore, Sep 28 (UNI) Karnataka state government has conferred '2006-Basava Puraskar' award on former Indian president Dr A P J Abdul Kalam, instituted in the name of 12th century social reformer Basaveshwar here today.

Speaking after presenting the state's top civilian award given by the Department of Kannada and Culture, which consists of copper plaque and Rs 10 lakh cash and a memento the Karnataka Chief Minister Mr Kumaraswamy informed that the honour was presented to Dr Kalam in recognition of his service to the entire mankind.

"I Deem it an honour to confer this coveted award on behalf of the state to a yogi who provided us with an insight to look into the future and who equipped us with his noble thoughts and noblest ideas" Mr Kumaraswamy said.

Stating that he had taken leaf out of Dr Kalam's character and tried to strive hard for the welfare of those who were helpless and were in need of great help. He said that during last 20 months the state government has sanctioned over 716 new primary schools, 1000 high schools, 500 pre-university colleges and 182 degree colleges besides opening up six medical colleges and 7 medical colleges.

"This is obviously an all time record in the field of education in the state" he said.

Speaking after receiving the award Dr Kalam said that he was overwhelmed by the gesture of Karnataka Government honoring him with the presentation of award in the name of Basavanna, a great philosopher and social reformer. "I would cherish it in my life time" Dr Kalam said.

Stating that Basavanna's message given to mankind will always lead light in the pursuit of peace and brotherhood. 'Kayakave Kailasa - Work is worship' the message delivered by Basavanna in 12th century and strived hard for bringing equity in the society including was a revolutionary and immortal, he said.

Karnataka Home minister Mr M P Prakash, Kannada and Culture minister Mr Mahadev Prasad also spoke on the occasion.


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