World Student’s Day

World Student’s Day

World Student’s Day is celebrated on October 15th to mark the birth anniversary of former President of India A.P.J. Abdul Kalam “The missile man of India”. Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam was born on 15th October in Rameshwaram, Madras, was considered the father of the country’s missile program. To honor his love towards students, the nation is celebrating World’s Students Day.

The Former President of India and a world-renowned Space Scientist was keen on encouraging the students in India to innovate and take an active interest in emerging technologies. He played multifarious roles of scientist, president, dedicated teacher, and educator. World Students’ Day is a celebration of multiculturalism, diversity as well as cooperation among students from all over the world.

History

The United Nations Organisation (UNO) recognized the birthday of A.P.J. Abdul Kalam (October 15) as World Student’s Day in 2010 for promoting education. He always identified himself as a teacher and was the great scientist India has ever produced

While teaching only in Shillong IIM College, he had a cardiac arrest. This showed his dedication to teaching. In 2006, in the President’s address at the presentation of the National Award to Teachers, he said that ” Teachers have to realize that they are the builders of the society. A good society can be built when students have the knowledge and are proficient in their subjects. They have also to provide a vision for life to the students and to inculcate the fundamentals of values which should be practice in the years to come”.

The 11th President, who served the nations between 2002 to 2007, was commonly referred to as the people’s president. He was born and raised in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu as well as studied physics and aerospace engineering. He is also appreciated for India’s military missile systems as well as civilian space programmes. Despite having such great qualities, the most endearing feature of his personality was his simplicity.

He spent four decades as a scientist and science administrator, largely at the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) along with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), and was familiarly involved in the civilian space programme and military missile development efforts of India. Therefore he is also popularly known as the “Missile Man of India” for his work on the development of ballistic missile and launch vehicle technology.

Abdul Kalam’s love for students is just impeccable. The love finds the best voice when he said” Dream, Dream, Dream, Dream transform into thoughts. And thoughts result in action. If you fail, never give up because FAIL means “first attempt in learning.”

After completing his tenure as president, he returned to what he loved the most: teaching and writing. Wings of Fire: An Autobiography and Ignited Minds: Unleashing the Power within India are the most popular books written by him. He learned to play the veena and also wrote poetry in Tamil.

He received several prestigious awards, including India’s highest civilian honor the Bharat Ratna in 1997, Padma Bhushan in 1981, and the Padma Vibhushan in 1990. From humble beginnings to the top post in the country, Kalam is the true role model for students and the country’s youth.

You cannot change your future, but, you can change your habits, and surely your habits will change your future. – Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

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Simmi Kamboj is the Founder and Administrator of Ritiriwaz, your one-stop guide to Indian Culture and Tradition. She had a passion for writing about India's lifestyle, culture, tradition, travel, and is trying to cover all Indian Cultural aspects of Daily Life.