World Students Day on Sir Kalam’s birthday
The world remembers Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, the former President of India as a loved teacher. The United Nations declared his birthday, October 15, 2019, as World Students Day.
Bharat Ratna Dr Kalam was known with various nick names like People’s President, as he focused on people centric issues during his presidency, Missile man, for his contributions towards defence programs in India, etc. His pivotal role in the Pokhran II nuclear tests actually earned him the name “Missile Man”.
Above all he had unique connect with youngsters, especially students. His love for students and his focus on promoting education was the driving force for the UN to declare his birthday as World Students Day in 2010.
Awards of Dr Kalam
He was awarded Padma Bhushan in 1981, Padma Vibhushan in 1990, Bharat Ratna, and received 7 honorary doctorates from 40 Universities. The missile test site, Wheeler Island was renamed Abdul Kalam island in September 2015.