Introduction – World Students Day is celebrated annually on October 15 across the world on the birth anniversary of former Indian President Dr. A.P.J. Kalam on October 15. Dr. Abdul Kalam was born on October 15, 1931, in Rameswaram, in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. The main aim of celebrating this global day is to pay tribute for the great contribution of Dr. Kalam towards the development of education in society. He was popularly known for The Missile of India and enhanced popularity for his motivational writing and inspiring lectures especially targeting the youth and students.
This international day is celebrated to remember and honor the effort of Dr. Kalam to motivate the student community for achieving excellence in every sphere of life. Earlier, Dr. Kalam has been in many 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 outstanding. He was also awarded Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honor in the year 1997. Dr. Kalam was also elected as the 11th President of India in the year 2002 with the support of the Bhartiya Janata Party and the Indian National Congress.
History – In the year 2010, the United Nations Organization (UNO) announced that World Students Day is observed annually on October 15 worldwide to honor the great efforts or contribution of Dr. Kalam toward education and his students. Firstly, this international 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 celebrate or mark the birth anniversary of Dr. Kalam as a scientist, teacher, author, and Indian President.
Significance – World Students Day is celebrated every year on October 15 across the world to honor and remember the great contributions of Dr. Kalam to the Indian military’s missile programs and motivational lectures for their students. Dr. Kalam also worked as the 11th Indian President of India between July 25 2002 and July 25, 2007.
Dr. Kalam was popularly known as The Missile of India with 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. Dr. Kalam was dead due to cardiac arrest on July 27, 2015, at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in Shillong during delivering a lecture.