United Nations celebrates former president APJ Abdul Kalam’s birthday as World Students’ Day every year. APJ Abdul Kalam’s legacy is incomplete without a mention of his role as a teacher. Dr. Kalam was dedicated to teaching and identified himself first as a teacher and then as anything else. In lieu of this, every year on October 15, World Students Day is marked.
Due to his love for students, various educational institutions in India observe Abdul Kalam’s birthday in their own way. Recently, a BJP leader from Telangana proposed to the government that October 15, Mr. Kalam’s birthday, should be observed as National Students Day.
He was India’s 11th President, who served from 2002 to 2007 and was widely referred to as the people’s President besides being credited for India’s civilian space program and military missile systems.
Among the many feathers in his cap is the successful testing of nuclear bombs at Pokhran. He was an author as well and his books include ‘Wings of Fire’, ‘My Journey’, ‘Ignited Minds – Unleashing the Power Within India’ and ‘India 2020 – A Vision for the New Millennium’.
Mr. Kalam suffered a cardiac arrest while delivering a lecture to the students of IIM Shillong on July 27, 2015. This showed his dedication to teaching.