Bangalore, July 20: Former President APJ Abdul Kalam on Saturday inaugurated the decennial programme of Sikshana Foundation (www.sikshana.org), a social enterprise works for the development of education in rural and semi-urban schools.
In his speech, Kalam said education should reach the rural parts of the country and each student should have an aim. He also encouraged the youth to come forward in the field of science and technology.
"It is a great privilege to be a part of this function and I am happy to see a group of professionals coming forward and working towards the betterment of the rural India by imparting quality education. I love teaching and I love to be a teacher", said the former president.
This year, Sikshana foundation has acknowldged the effort of government school teachers and awarded 12 teachers with Gurupuraskar Award and the top three winners got a chance to visit USA.
Karnataka Primary and Secondary Education Minister Kimmane Rathnakar, who was present as the guest of honour at the event, lauded the members and volunteers working under the foundation. He said the government encourages such programmes and will support the organisation whenever there is a need.
More than 300 school children across the state were present at the programme and many got a chance to interact with the former president.