Thanjavur, Oct 3: Former President A P J Abdul Kalam has called upon teachers to look out for unique traits and talent in students and nurture them despite their poor academic performance.
Participating in a function here last night, Dr Kalam, who underlined the need for teachers to take up research activities, cited examples from the life of Nobel Laureates Srinivasa Ramanujan and Einstein and pointed out that though Ramanujan excelled in Mathematics and Einstein in Physics, both of failed in all other subjects.
He also pointed out that it was a foreigner Prof G H Hardy who identified the unique trait of Ramanujan. ''All students may not be good at studies in all subjects. Discover a new hidden talent. Look out for the best in them, select and nurture them,'' Dr Kalam said.
''Good teaching emanates from research. A teachers' love for research and experience in research is vital for the growth of any institution,'' he observed.
''Any institution is judged by the level and extent of the research work it accomplishes. Experience of research leads to quality teaching and quality teaching imparted to the young in turn enriches research,'' Dr Kalam said.
Dr Kalam also wanted the Universities to prepare citizens of the future with a global outlook and be capable of serving nation of their choice.