World Students’ Day is celebrated every year on October 15 on former president APJ Abdul Kalam’s birthday. The day is commemorated on his birth anniversary because Dr Kalam was a dedicated teacher and identified himself foremost in that role before anything else. Due to the former President’s love for students, various educational institutions in India observe Kalam’s birthday in their own way. Notably, in 2010, the United Nations declared October 15 to be World Students’ Day.
World Students’ Day 2020 theme
The theme of World Students’ Day 2020 is ‘Learning for people, planet, prosperity, and peace’.
Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam’s role in teaching and his dedication can’t be explained in words. He always identified himself as a teacher. While teaching only in Shillong IIM College, he had a cardiac arrest. This showed his dedication towards teaching. In 2006, in the President’s address at the presentation of the National Award to Teachers, he said that” Teachers have to realise 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”.
Inspirational Quotes by Dr APJ Abdul Kalam
- “If you fail, never give up because FAIL means “First Attempt In Learning”.”
- “To succeed in your mission, you must have single-minded devotion to your goal.”
- “We should not give up and we should not allow the problem to defeat us.” , Abdul Kalam quotes best
- “All of us do not have equal talent. But , all of us have an equal opportunity to develop our talents.”
- “If a country is to be corruption free and become a nation of beautiful minds, I strongly feel there are three key societal members who can make a difference. They are the father, the mother and the teacher.”
About Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam
He was born on 15 October, 1931 at Dhanushkodi, Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, India. His full name was Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam. In 2002, he was elected as the President of India, and before becoming president he was working with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) as an aerospace engineer.
As a scientist, he began his career at the Aeronautical Development Establishment of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). Also, he had served as the project director of India’s first Satellite Launch Vehicle (SLV-III) at ISRO.