SHILLONG, Oct 15 - In keeping with the People�s President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam�s mantra of reaching out to the people through action, students from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Shillong, on Thursday decided to teach Mathematics, once a week, to school students from Class VII.
The decision was taken during commemoration of the birth anniversary of the former President on its campus here. The noble initiative to teach Mathematics has been dubbed as �Nurturing Minds�.
Dr Kalam always emphasised on nurturing young minds so that they became an asset in nation-building. The former President was always fascinated in this endeavour and therefore took to teaching young students after vacating office at the Rastrapathi Bhavan.
He was also a guest lecturer at IIM, Shillong, and collapsed while delivering his lecture at the institute on July 27 this year and finally breathed his last the same evening.
The students from IIM, Shillong, would conduct classes of two-hour duration every Saturday for selected students nominated by local schools.
Meanwhile, the institute also announced that a 2,000-square-feet auditorium and a centre for policy research, named after Dr Kalam.
The auditorium would have seating capacity for 200 students and would be named as Dr Kalam Auditorium. Moreover, a bust of Dr Kalam will also be established in front of the auditorium. The policy research centre would be named as �Bharat Ratna Dr APJ Abdul Kalam centre for Policy Research� in keeping with the former President�s objective of society development.
Apart from the auditorium and the research centre, an annual function is to be organised every year to honour Dr Kalam, who delivered his last lecture in IIM, Shillong, hours before his sudden demise.
IIM, Shillong, also organised a scientific seminar on �Science and Humanism for National Development� in which a number of dignitaries, including Director Amitabh De, Falguni Rajkumar, Chairman of the Board of Governors, IIM, Shillong, W Selvamurthy, former Scientist, Swami Atmapriyanandaji Maharaj, Vice-Chancellor, Ramakrishna Vivekananda University, Belur, and others addressed the students.
It was also mentioned that the United Nations declared October 15 as �World Students� Day� to commemorate the great man.