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Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Former President of India, visited the Ashrama and Schools at Sitanagaram on April 03, 2008 and interacted with the students for more than half an hour. He said that students should imbibe and spread Sri Ramakrishna's message of harmony of religions as the solution to the present day conflict of civilizations and religions. He exhorted the students to cultivate the three aspects of acquiring knowledge: creativity, righteousness and courage. He emphasised the need to use time properly and of having self-confidence: 'I can do it - We can do it'. Students and teachers received his message with eager enthusiasm.

Below are a few photographs:



Vivekananda Vidya Vihar - The Venue

Welcome to Dr.Kalam - entering the Ashrama Prayer Hall

Entering the School premises

At the venue

Students' awaiting Dr.Kalam arrival

Interacting with the students

Interacting with the teachers

Offering his respects to 'Viveka Vahini - Swamiji'

Planting and watering a neem sapling

Welcome song by students

Momentoes presented by students

Speech by Dr.Kalam - 'Indomitable Spirit'

'I can do it, We can do it, India can do it' - message by Dr.Kalam

A section of the students, parents and elders

Answering questions posed by students