October 15 has a definite reason for every Indian to remember and recollect innumerable aspects of a magnificent personality whose identity needs no definition or rather words will fall short of describing him. Shri APJ Abdul Kalam’s 89th birthday has given one more chance to commemorate his variable essence that he has owned in various fields not only for the country but becomes the milestone for shaping every individual’s life.
Like his name Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam, his contributions to the Indian land are also very giant and enlightening. He has added many credentials to his persona that extends from being a successful scientist, researcher, former President of India, professor, teacher, and many more.
Born in a simple and ordinary family of Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, Kalam converted the life into an extraordinary facet through his exceptional and astonishing talent. He might not be a god-gifted child but his intelligence and striking sense of urge to grab knowledge from different fields made him the acumen of whatever he did in his life that stayed an everlasting impact.
From his interest to know the science behind the flying of birds in childhood, his scientific mind never stops after that. He profounds his career as a scientist where he contributed largely to India’s several missiles and space programs and military missile development efforts will always be remembered.
His well-recognized masterpiece on Pokhran-II nuclear tests which earned him the name of ‘Missile Man of India’ where he along with his team mastered a series of five nuclear explosions in 1998. There are many such works he did with the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO).
Much before being fondly called as the ‘People’s President’, the legacy of great APJ Abdul Kalam will remain incomplete without noting his everlasting and astonishing role as a ‘teacher’. He adores children and despite being so busy in his schedule, he always spent whatever time he used to get with the budding minds and imbibe his knowledge and experience within them.
The role of teachers in Kalam’s life was immense so he imparts great importance to the teachers and said, “Teachers are the builders of the society. And society can be built only when the students are proficient in their subjects.”
To honor India’s most beloved president, the United Nations has recognized his birth anniversary as the ‘World Students Day’ across the world, which was first observed in 2010 at his 79th birthday. He always wanted that the world reminds him more as a teacher and coincidentally, he took his last breathe while playing his favorite role i.e. He was delivering a lecture at the IIM, Shillong. He met with a stroke at the event and passed away while staying among the students. Till his last breath, he delivered knowledge and incorporated his credentials to all.