World Students’ Day, a tribute to Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

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  • Every year on October 15th, World Students’ Day is observed in honor of the late Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, an educator, aeronautical scientist, and former president.
  • Every year, India celebrates this anniversary across the country to honor Kalam’s contributions to students and education.
  • As the “People’s President,” he is cherished, and his birth anniversary is observed as Students’ Day.

Brief Biography of Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

  • Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam- “A missile Man of India” and a Bharat Ratna Awardee was born in Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu, and studied science and physics during the initial years of his life. He devoted his life to teaching and inspiring students to become the best version of themselves through his insightful lectures.
  • He occupied distinguished positions as an administrator with the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
  • In 2002, the aerospace scientist became the 11th president of the India and served the office till 2007. Further, he dedicated his life to teaching after that. For Instance, he became the visiting professor at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in Ahmedabad, IIM Shillong, and IIM-Indore.
  • He was also honoured with the Padma Vibhushan and the Padma Bhushan for his work as the scientific advisor to the government of India.
  • He breathed his last on July 27, 2015, and collapsed while delivering a lecture at IIM-Shillong and died from a cardiac arrest. Thus, his his contributions are still remembered as some of the scientific and technological developments in the country.

Reason to celebrate World Students’ Day

  • The celebration is to honors Kalam’s major contribution, his accomplishments and the inspiration he gave to his students like-
    • Students were greatly motivated to become their best selves by his insightful lectures and passion to teaching.
    • He has always thought that students are the nation’s future and have the forward-thinking minds that will propel our nation to greater heights of achievement in every endeavor.
    • Over all other roles, he identified himself most strongly as a teacher.
    • He argued that since teachers were in charge of ensuring that pupils were proficient in their particular fields, they were the ones who built society.
    • He always emphasized the need of instilling in students a vision for life and the value of principles, which they should apply throughout their lives.
    • Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam spent his entire life working to improve education and the lives of students.

Significance of Students’ Day

  • Apart from Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam’s birthday, a former Indian president. The following are some more justifications for the significance of this day:
    • It serves to emphasize the value of education,
    • To celebrate the fundamental right to education
    • To honor the remarkable achievements of Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
    • To recall Kalam’s love of instructing students.

Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam’s Contribution

  • A phenomenal teacher, great scientist and a, people’s President Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam has been the driving force behind many technologies in India. There are some prominent contributions are as follows-
  • He helps to develop India’s First Indigenous Satellite Launch Vehicle.
  • He became the project director for two ‘Missile Projects’ whose aim was to develop ballistic missiles from the technology of the successful SLV programme.
  • He took up the responsibility of developing indigenous guided missiles at DRDO.
  • He was the behind many nuclear test. For instance, a test carried out at pokhran (1998) which made India a nuclear weapon state.
  • He helped design a cost-effective coronary stent known as ‘kalam-raju-stent’ making healthcare accessible to all.
  • He was sincerely involved in the India’s Light Combat Aircraft project.
  • Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and Dr. Soma Raju, came up with a rough tablet computer in 2012 to take care of underprivileged people’s health of rural India.

Thus, to sum up it can be said that his efforts are still regarded as some of the top scientific and technological advancements in the nation years after his passing.


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