World Students’ Day

World Students’ Day is celebrated on 15th October every year, to celebrate APJ Abdul Kalam’s birthday, who was a scientist and former president of India. The reason behind this is to pay tribute to his contribution towards promoting education as well as his affection for youth.

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About World Students’ Day, 2021

The United Nations Organisation’s theme of World Students’ Day 2021 was ‘Learning for people, planet, prosperity, and peace’. This theme culminates in the heart of developing ambitions considering altruistic objectives. It also reaffirms the contribution of education as everyone’s fundamental right.

Why is World Students’ Day celebrated on Kalam’s birthday?

  • APJ Abdul Kalam devoted his life to teaching and recognised himself as a teacher more than anything else. The nation witnessed his love, affection and compassion for students through many of his speeches. In addition, his encouraging words evoked many students’ self-esteem when he asked them to dream of transforming it into reality.
  • He always acknowledged that teachers are the founders of our society. He also added that they could only build a society by making their students accomplish their subjects. Moreover, he always elucidated the importance of providing a proper vision for life and values to their students. Therefore, the UN decided to honour his exceptional contribution to students’ education by marking his birthday as World Students’ Day.

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Life, Awards and Honours of APJ Abdul Kalam




15th October 1931

Birth Place

Dhanushkodi, Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu


Scientist and Aerospace Engineer

Work Place

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)

Role as a Scientist

He served as a scientist in DRDO at the Aeronautical Development Establishment.

Also became project director in the first Satellite Launch Vehicle (SLV-III) of India at ISRO.


Padma Bhushan, Bharat Ratna, Padma Vibhushan, Ramanujan Award, Veer Savarkar Award

Dr APJ Abdul Kalam played a significant role in encouraging and guiding students all over India throughout his lifetime. Therefore, the United Nations declared his birth anniversary as World Students’ Day to recognise his contribution internationally.

Frequently Asked Questions about World Students’ Day


When is the World Students’ Day in 2022?

World Students’ Day is supposed to be celebrated every year on 15th October, Kalam’s birth anniversary.


Which year did people start celebrating World Students’ Day?

People started celebrating World Students’ Day on 15th October, the birth anniversary of APJ Abdul Kalam since 2010.

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