World Students’ Day is celebrated every year on the birth anniversary of former Indian President APJ Abdul Kalam on October 15.
It is the day celebrated to pay rich tribute to India’s Missile Man Abdul Kalam, who has contributed immensely to the development of education in the country.
History and Significance:
Born on October 15, 1931 in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, Kalam was a distinguished administrator and scientist of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
Late President Abdul Kalam popularly known as people’s President, was a dedicated teacher. He chose to continue teaching immidiately the next day he completed his tenure as the President of India. He was much popular among people especially the youth. He had played a pivotal role in invention and Pokhran II nuclear tests.
It was his dedication towards teaching and his motivational quotes that inspired the students and the UN declared October 15 as World Students’ Day in 2010.
He has inspired many through his writings like ‘Wings of Fire: An Autobiography’ (1999), ‘Ignited Minds: Unleading the Power Within India’ (2002), and ‘India 2020: A Vision for the New Millennium’.
Kalam’s inspirational words:
“All Birds find shelter during a rain. But Eagle avoids rain by flying above the Clouds. Problems are common, but attitude makes the difference.” (Wings of Fire)
“One of the very important characteristics of a student is to question. Let the students ask questions.”
“While children are struggling to be unique, the world around them is trying all means to make them look like everybody else.”
“Don’t fear failing in the first attempt because even the successful Math starts with zero only.”
“If you fail, never give up. Because fail means ‘First Attempt in Learning’.”
“You see, God helps only people who work hard. That principle is very clear.”
Famous Quotes by Kalam:
“If people remember me as a good teacher, that will be the biggest honor for me.”
“You cannot change your future, but you can change your habits, and surely your habits will change your future.”
“Dream, Dream, Dream. Dreams transform into thoughts And thoughts result in action.”
“Wisdom is a weapon to ward off destruction; It is an inner fortress which enemies cannot destroy.”
“Look at the sky. we are not alone. The whole universe is friendly to us and conspires only to give the best to those who dream and work.”
“All of us do not have equal talent. But, all of us have an equal opportunity to develop our talents.”
“Thinking Should become your CAPITAL ASSET, no matter Whatever ups and downs You Come across in your Life.”
“A renaissance is imperative for us to once again become a knowledge superpower rather than simply providing cheap labor in areas of high technology.”
“Success is when your signature turns into your autograph.”