World Student's Day: Know about Dr APJ Abdul Kalam

By : Neha Dhyani

Updated : Jan 11, 2022, 13:34

World Students Day is celebrated on 15th October every year on the birth anniversary of the late aerospace scientist, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. Kalam was born on 15th October 1931. This day acknowledges the efforts of Kalam towards students and education. In the year 2010, the United Nations declared this day to be observed as World Student’s Day. 

Why is 15th October World Student’s Day?

October 15 World Students Day was declared by the UN in honour of the late former president of India, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. His significant role, his achievements, and the inspiration that he provided to his students together commemorate the celebration on this special day. 

World Students Day date is recognised on Kalam’s birthday every year because:

  • His insightful lectures and his dedication towards teaching inspired students largely to become the best versions of their own self.
  • He always believed that students are the future, and they possess the progressive minds that would take our country forward to new heights of success in every sphere. 
  • He identified himself most dedicatedly in the role of a teacher, above anything else.
  • He preached that teachers were the builders of society as they were responsible for making the students proficient in their respective subjects.
  • He always stressed providing a vision for life to students and inculcating the value of fundamentals to them, which they should practice throughout their life.
  • Kalam dedicated his entire life to education and the welfare of students. 

The theme for The World Students Day for 2021

The theme for the World Student Day last year, 2021, was ‘Learning for people, planet, prosperity and peace.’ This theme reaffirmed the role of education in the upliftment of society, and it is a fundamental right of every individual on humanitarian grounds. It was also symbolised as an enabler of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 

What do you do on World Students Day?

When talking about the World Students Day celebration, on this day, students engage themselves in meaningful acts of social responsibilities, have gatherings on their campus, involve themselves in healthy and gleeful competitions, debates, and indulge in a lot of merrymaking with food, games and gossip.

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FAQs about World Student's Day

  • What is celebrated on 15th October?

To mark the birth anniversary of the Late Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, every year, World Students Day is observed and celebrated on 15th October.

  • Who was Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, and why is his birthday observed as World Students Day?

Dr APJ Abdul Kalam was an Indian Aerospace scientist who also served as the 11th President of India. He was known for his love and dedication towards students and his focus on promoting education. Hence, in his honour, the United Nations announced his birth date, 15th October, to be observed as World Students Day

  • When was 15th October, Dr Kalam’s birthday, announced as World Students Day by the UN?

United Nations declared 15th October, Dr Kalam’s birthday, to be observed as World Students Day in the year 2010.