World Students' Day is observed on October 15 to commemorate the birth anniversary of the 11th President of India, Dr Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam aka APJ Abdul Kalam. The United Nations (UN) declared Abdul Kalam's birthday as World Students' Day. The UN decided to honour the great scientist and teacher on his 79th birth anniversary in the year 2010.
Abdul Kalam is remembered as the People's President and he is not just limited to his role as a scientist in developing the nation's military missiles, which gave him the nickname Missile Man of India. The Bharat Ratna recipient is also popular for his role as a teacher and continues to do so until his last breath.
Abdul Kalam always believed that youngsters are the key to the nation's building. For this reason, Kalam dedicated many days during his tenure as the President of India to interact with the students. Kalam's book 'Ignited Minds' speaks about his experiences and interactions with students during his tenure.
Dr Kalam was conferred with India's highest civilian award, the Bharat Ratna, in 1997. He was also awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1981 and the Padma Vibhushan in 1990. APJ Abdul Kalam served as the 11th President of India from 2002 to 2007.
While delivering the President's address at the presentation of the National Award To Teachers in 2006, Kalam said, "Teachers have to realize that they are the builders of the society. The society can be built only when the students are made proficient in their subjects. In addition they have to provide a vision for life to the students and also inculcate the fundamentals of values which he should practice in the years to come."
Dr Kalam suffered a cardiac arrest while addressing the students of Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Shillong on July 27, 2015. He fell from the stage and passed away at the venue.
APJ Abdul Kalam is a true inspiration to every student across the world. The United Nations cannot find a better day other than the birthday of Kalam to dedicate World Students' Day!