Jaipur: Encouraging students to think big, former President APJ Abdul Kalam said that small aim is a crime. Interacting with children at the 19th National Children’s Science Congress function here on Saturday, the missile man exhorted children to utilize their talent and work hard to achieve their dreams.

Citing examples of famous personalities and intellectuals like Sir CV Raman, Wright Brothers, Mario Capecchi’s he said, “Their personality was the main reason behind their success. CV Raman was honoured with Nobel Prize because of his curious mind.”

Replying to a question posed by one of the students Kalam said, “There are four stages to become a great scientist. First, set a big target, second attain knowledge, third hard work and last but not the least is determination.”

On the last day of the event organised by Department of Science and Technology, Rajasthan in association with JNU at Jaipur National University, Kalam took this opportunity to wish the children a happy new year and a successful career in different fields.

Meanwhile, sharing the dais, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said, “Despite limited resources, the department of Science and Technology produces best scientists for the country.”

He was quick to add, “Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, through his scientific thinking had said that future generations should to adopt scientific approach to compete with the rest of the world.”

Gehlot further said, “The nation requires role models and Kalam’s life is an inspiration to all of us.”

The four-day-long event came to an end on Saturday. Besides Gehlot, state minister Amin Khan and Rajkumar Sharma were among others who attended the function.