World Student Day: Interesting Facts about APJ Abdul Kalam
Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam who is better known as APJ Abdul Kalam was the 11th and the most loved Indian president of all time. A scientist by profession, his contribution towards the development of the country is huge which no one can ever neglect.
His missile defensive program gained him immense popularity not only in India but throughout the world. In fact, APJ was globally recognized as one of the best human beings alive who also had a passion for teaching. In fact, in an interview of his, APJ said that he always wanted the world to remember him for his passion for education and teaching.
Ironically on July 27, 2015, Kalam fell down suffered a stroke and passed away while delivering a lecture at IIM Shillong. Moreover, APJ's love for students and education was so popular that the United Nations declared his birthday as ‘World Student Day'.
On his Birth anniversary, Bloggers Globe highlights some interesting facts about APJ Abdul Kalam that might interest you. Let's have a look at them.
#1 APJ was a Son of a Boat Owner
APJ Abdul Kalam was born on 15th October 1931 in the Ramanathapuram district of Tamil Nadu. His father whose name was Jainulabudeen was the owner of a boat whereas his mother, Ashiamma was a housewife.
For supporting his family economically, APJ used to distribute newspapers daily after school hours.
#2 The 11th Indian President
APJ's entire journey is a life lesson to many people. APJ managed to leave his poverty behind and ended up becoming the 11th Indian president from 2002 to 2007.
In fact, his calm and loveable nature made him widely referred to as the most loved Indian president ever and the ‘People's President'.
#3 Kalam Dreamt of Becoming a Fighter Pilot
Everyone knows about Kalam's love for aircraft and pilots. But did you ever know that he always wanted to become a fighter pilot for the Indian Air Force?
Yes, this is right. In fact, eight candidates were selected for the fighter pilot's position but Kalam stood in ninth place which caused him to miss the opportunity.
#4 Missile Man of India
APJ Abdul Kalam was popularly known as the Missile Man of India. His contribution to the launch of vehicle technology and ballistic missiles got him popularity and later he was rewarded with this new name.
#5 Wings of Fire: Kalam's Autobiography
His autobiography, Wings of Fire was originally published in English and later got translated into more than 12 languages.
#6 Recipient of Nationally Claimed Awards
You might be amazed to learn that APJ Abdul Kalam is among the three presidents of India who were felicitated with Bharat Ratna before being elected as president.
In fact, Kalam was a proud recipient of Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan as well in the years 1981 and 1990 respectively.