World Students' Day

World Students' Day is marked on A. P. J. Abdul Kalam's birthday, 15 October. In 2010 the United Nations declared 15 October "World Students' Day".[1][2][3]

World Students' Day
Observed byIndia
Date15 October
Next time15 October 2021 (2021-10-15)

What is World Students' Day?Edit

World Students' Day is celebrated every year on October 15 on former President A. P. J. Abdul Kalam's birthday. In 2010, the United Nations declared October 15 to be World Student's Day. Students are the future. Students are the people and the minds that are going to take our countries forward. No matter their background or their field of study, we should always celebrate those who want to further their knowledge, with a lot of students going to great lengths to do so.

Why is it Celebrated on Kalam’s Birthday?Edit

A. P. J. Abdul Kalam on a 2015 stamp of India.

Kalam was a dedicated teacher and identified himself foremost in that role before anything else. His love for students, finds best voice when he said, "Dream, Dream, Dream, Dreams transform into thoughts. And thoughts result in action." He had famously said that teachers are the builders of society and the society can be built only when the students are made proficient in their subjects. He further added that they have to provide a vision for life to the students and also inculcate the fundamentals of values which they should practice in years to come. He dedicated his most life to education.

2020 Theme and SignificanceEdit

"Learning for people, planet, prosperity and peace"

This theme highlights the centrality of development ambitions for our centrality with humanitarian objectives. It reaffirms the role of education as a fundamental right, a public good and an enabler of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


  1. ^ "When UN declared Dr APJ Abdul Kalam's 79th birthday as World Students' Day", Zee News, 28 July 2015
  2. ^ "World Students' Day: Why is this day celebrated on APJ Abdul Kalam's birth anniversary?". 15 October 2019.
  3. ^ "U.N.O Declared A.P.J. Abdul Kalam's Birthday as the "World Students Day"". 28 July 2015.