Every year on October 15, the anniversary of former president APJ Abdul Kalam’s birth, World Students’ Day is observed. It is observed to honour Kalam’s altruistic contribution to the advancement of education in our society.
We would want to take this opportunity to give you a quick overview of the origins of this day, its significance, and the role that APJ Abdul Kalam had in bringing it about.
World Students Day History
Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, affectionately known as the People’s President, was a committed teacher, so much so that he returned to school the day after his presidency ended. He sparked the imaginations of ordinary men, particularly adolescents.
Even during his scientific and political careers, he saw himself as a teacher and expressed delight in instructing students. He was so dedicated in teaching that he died while giving a lecture at IIM Shillong, where he had a heart arrest in 2015.
His passion for teaching and inspiring statements encouraged students, and the United Nations designated October 15 as World Students’ Day in 2010.
Know About APJ Abdul Kalam
APJ Abdul Kalam was born in Rameswaram, Madras Presidency, in then-British India, and was the 11th President of India. His birth day is observed as World Students Day.
He graduated in Physics from the University of Madras in 1954 and returned to Madras in 1955 to study Aerospace Engineering, where he spent the rest of his career as a scientist at the Defence Research And Development Organization (DRDO) and the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).
He was particularly enthusiastic about teaching. He wished to be remembered as a teacher who had a special link with his students, and the United Nations declared October 15 to be World Students’ Day on his 79th birthday. This year marks the tenth anniversary of World Students’ Day.
Kalam had a clear vision. He was always striving to do his best. He was born into a poor Muslim household, but he overcame all obstacles to become our nation’s successful President.
Many people have been inspired by his books, including Wings of Fire: An Autobiography (1999), Ignited Minds: Unleashing the Power Within India (2002), and India 2020: A Vision for the New Millennium.
Kalam contributed to the development of India’s military missile systems, earning him the moniker “missile man of India.” In 1998, he participated in India’s “Pokhran II” nuclear tests.
He was also bestowed with India’s highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna. Aside from this, he has received other honours such as the Padma Bhushan and the Padma Vibhushan, for a total of 22 awards.
In 2002, he won the Presidential election with 922,884 votes, becoming India’s 11th President succeeding KR Narayan. Even during his presidency, he considered himself a teacher. He maintained a close relationship with the pupils and worked to create a better future for them.
He was also an honorary fellow of the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, Chancellor of the Indian Institute of Space and Technology in Thiruvananthapuram, and a lecturer in Aerospace Engineering at Anna University. He also taught information technology at the International Institute of Information Technology in Hyderabad, as well as Banaras Hindu University and Anna University.
After his tenure ended, he returned to the classroom as a guest lecturer at the Indian Institute of Management, Shillong, the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and the Indian Institute of Management, Indore.
Kalam was a typical student whose favourite subject was mathematics. He used to get ordinary grades but was always eager to learn. He was a man with a bright future in mind.
Abdul Kalam’s Life As A Scientist
Kalam worked as a scientist for numerous institutions, including the DRDO’s Aeronautical Development Establishment, where he became a member of the DRDS (Defence Research And Development Services). He also worked as a scientist at ISRO, as a Project Director for SLV-III, India’s first Satellite Launch Vehicle, when the Rohini satellite was successfully launched into near-Earth orbit in July 1980.
Kalam also served on the INCOSPAR committee with a well-known physicist, Vikram Sarabhai. In the 1970s, Kalam worked on two projects: “Project Devil” and “Project Valiant.”
From July 1992 to December 1999, Kalam worked as the Prime Minister’s Chief Scientific Adviser and Secretary of the DRDO. He was involved in the Pokhran II nuclear experiments during this time.
He also co-invented an affordable coronary stent (“Kalam-Raju stent”) with cardiologist Soma Raju in 1998.
How Is World Students Day Celebrated
World Students’ Day is observed in all schools and institutions in honour of Abdul Kalam, a remarkable teacher and human being.
Every school and institution celebrates the day in their own unique style, for example, various quiz competitions and speech competitions are held in every school and college, with the primary theme being science and technology.
A few schools also exhibit APJ Abdul Kalam’s life and works to motivate students to become future world leaders.
As a student, you can participate and commemorate the day with specific ideas. For example, you could organise a peaceful procession reciting the renowned phrases and sayings of the missile man, or you could simply gather together and discuss the numerous technologies involved in moving the nation forward.
Whatever you do, remember how our illustrious President worked to create a better future for you. So remember to thank him and pay your respects.
Special Quotes for World Students’ day
:- To succeed in your mission, you will have to be steadfast in your mission.
:- There Is No Failure Until You Accept Failure. Keep Working Hard To Achieve Your Dreams.
:- We As A Whole Need Challenges In Our Lives To Develop And To Appreciate The Kinds Of Progress.
:- “If people remember me as a good teacher, that will be the biggest honor for me.”
:- You cannot change your future, but you can change your habits, and surely your habits will change your future”.
:- “Dream, Dream, Dream. Dreams transform into thoughts And thoughts result in action.”
:- “Wisdom is a weapon to ward off destruction; It is an inner fortress which enemies cannot destroy. “
:- The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives
:- Be A Decent Human Who Helps Everybody. Be A Decent Accomplice, A Great Companion, A Great Soul Who Is Straightforward, Dependable And Capable. Bliss Will Discover You.
:- “Look at the sky. we are not alone. The whole universe is friendly to us and conspires only to give the best to those who dream and work”.
:- “All of us do not have equal talent. But, all of us have an equal opportunity to develop our talents”
:- “Thinking Should become your CAPITAL ASSET, no matter Whatever ups and downs You Come across in your Life”.
:- Achievement Doesn’t Come Simple And Requests Steady Endeavors. Continue Buckling Down And You Will Succeed.
:- Studies Should Be Your Only Focus And Then Success Will Be Yours Someday. Happy Students Day.