Introduction – World Students Day is observed every year on October 15 on the birth anniversary of former Indian President Dr. A.P.J. Kalam on October 15. He was born on October 15, 1931, in Rameswaram in the state of Tamil Nadu. Dr. Kalam was popularly known as The Missile of India and gained popularity for his motivational writing and inspiring lectures especially targeting the youth and students.
This day is celebrated to appreciate and remember the effort of Dr. Kalam in encouraging and motivating the student community to achieve excellence in every sphere of life. Dr. Kalam has been in several important positions as a scientist and administrator with the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). The contribution of Dr. Kalam to the Indian military’s missile programs and the country’s civilian space is remarkable.
History – The United Nations Organization (UNO) has declared in the year 2010 that World Students Day is celebrated every year on October 15 to honor the efforts of Dr. Kalam toward education and his students. Firstly, this day was observed to celebrate the 79th birthday of Dr. A.P.J. Kalam in the year 2010. Since 2010, World Students Day is celebrated to mark the birth anniversary of Dr. Kalam as a scientist, author, and teacher.
Theme – In the previous year, World Students Day was observed with this theme was ‘’Learning for people, planet, prosperity, and peace’’.
Significance – World Students Day is celebrated on October 15 annually to honor the contributions of Dr. Kalam to the Indian military’s missile programs and motivational lectures for their students. Dr. Kalam was also worked as the 11th Indian President of India from 2007 to 2011.
He was popularly known as The Missile of India, his inspired writings such as Ignited Minds: Unleading the Power Within India (2002), Wings of Fire: An Autobiography (1999), and India 2020: A Vision for the New Millennium and also famous as a teacher for students. During delivering a lecture, Dr. Kalam was dead due to cardiac arrest on July 27, 2015, at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in Shillong.