Advancement in rural technology is required for making the country progress and prosper, the Bharat Ratna-awardee said at a private institute here last evening.

Speaking to the students of RV Institute of Technology Kalam exhorted them to adopt a spirit of service towards the nation and a sense of creativity in their approach. Kalam during his visit to the college appreciated the models prepared by the students and asked them to respect their teachers who, he said, were their best guides.

On the occasion, the former President inaugurated a women cell at the college and launched 'go girl, grow girl' campaign, under which meritorious female students will get four-year free education. Kalam also visited Dayawati Dharam Vira Public School at Bijnor later and inaugurated school magazine 'Udaan' and also presented some students with books as a gift.

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