World Students’ Day: Why do we celebrate it on October 15

Delhi: Like every year, we celebrate the birth anniversary of the former President of India, APJ Abdul Kalam as World Students’ Day. The late leader was known for his love for students and focus on promoting education.

Kalam, a renowned scientist, made India proud with his missile defence program, but his favourite job was teaching and that’s how he wanted the world to remember him.

A well-known scientist, Kalam played a pivotal role in the Pokhran-II nuclear tests in 1998 which earned him the title ‘Missile Man of India.’ In 2005, Kalam visited Switzerland, after which the country declared May 26 to be observed as ‘Science Day’ as a mark of respect and in honour of his visit.

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’.

The renowned scientist and teacher breathed his last in 2015 after suffering a cardiac arrest while delivering a speech at the Indian Institute of Management Shillong.