World Students' Day 2019: India is remembering Dr APJ Abdul Kalam on his 88th birth anniversary. Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam was born on October 15, 1931 at Rameshwaram in Tamil Nadu. Dr Kalam became known as the 'Missile Man of India' for his contributions towards the development of the country's missile projects. He also played a key role in India's space programme. In 2002, he became the 11th President of India. The "People's President" suffered a cardiac arrest on July 27, 2015, and passed away while giving a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management Shillong.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the nation in remembering former President APJ Abdul Kalam on his 88th birth anniversary on Tuesday. Hailing his contributions to the country, PM Modi said that Kalam's life will keep on inspiring the people of the country.
"My heartfelt tribute to Dr APJ Abdul Kalamji on his anniversary. He dreamt of the India of 21st century, which was capable and then went on to give his exceptional contribution to the goal. His ideal life will keep on inspiring the people of the country. India salutes Dr APJ Abdul Kalamji on his Jayanti," PM Modi tweeted. He also shared a short video highlighting the key achievements of the former President's life embedded.
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India salutes Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Ji on his Jayanti. pic.twitter.com/PPgPrkqQRG
Several other leaders too remembered the former President on his birth anniversary. Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted, "Remembering former President of India and a phenomenal scientist, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam on his birth anniversary. He was a people's President who would continue to live in the hearts and minds of the people of India. I bow to him on his Jayanti."
Remembering former President of India and a phenomenal scientist, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam on his birth anniversary. He was a people’s president who would continue to live in the hearts and minds of the people of India. I bow to him on his jayanti.— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) October 15, 2019
Union Minister Prakash Javadekar tweeted, "The birthday of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam - the most popular President of India -is celebrated as World Students Day. He was a real teacher and loved students and even died while delivering a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management Shillong. My tributes to the Bharat Ratna Abdul Kalam."
The birthday of Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam - The most popular President of India -is celebrated as #WorldStudentsDay . He was a real teacher & loved students & even died while delivering a lecture at the Indian Inst. of Management Shillong. My tributes to the #BharatRatna #Abdulkalam pic.twitter.com/MrhJWz4Vb9— Prakash Javadekar (@PrakashJavdekar) October 15, 2019
In 2010, the United Nations had decided to recognise October 15 as World Student Day.