A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Current Affairs - 2019

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World Students Day on Sir Kalam’s birthday

The world remembers Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, the former President of India as a loved teacher. The United Nations declared his birthday, October 15, 2019, as World Students Day.


Bharat Ratna Dr Kalam was known with various nick names like People’s President, as he focused on people centric issues during his presidency, Missile man, for his contributions towards defence programs in India, etc. His pivotal role in the Pokhran II nuclear tests actually earned him the name “Missile Man”.

Above all he had unique connect with youngsters, especially students. His love for students and his focus on promoting education was the driving force for the UN to declare his birthday as World Students Day in 2010.

Awards of Dr Kalam

He was awarded Padma Bhushan in 1981, Padma Vibhushan in 1990, Bharat Ratna, and received 7 honorary doctorates from 40 Universities. The missile test site, Wheeler Island was renamed Abdul Kalam island in September 2015.

Vice President presents Kalam Innovation in Governance Award 2019

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu presented Kalam Innovation in Governance Award 2019 at the third edition of Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Summit on Innovation and Governance, in New Delhi.

Kalam Summit on Innovation and Governance

Kalam Summit on Innovation and Governance is organised by the Kalam Centre to feature discussions and studies on various national and global examples of transformational governance for the betterment of the people.

The Summit is an international conclave of policymakers, civil service officers, NGOs, media and academia who are dedicated to the task of governance and its dimensions. The Summit is aimed at exploring how cutting edge technology, 21st-century management and out-of-box thinking, can transform the role and impact of governance in India and across the world.

The Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Award for Innovation in Governance will also be presented during the summit to individuals and institutions for their exemplary work in improving governance and delivering value to the citizens. The awards are given in the following categories:

  • Education
  • Healthcare, Sanitation & Nutrition
  • Security & Safety
  • Environment
  • Women & Child Welfare
  • Banking, Economics & Finance
  • Rural Development & Agriculture
  • International Contribution
  • Technology, IT & Enterprise
  • Social Welfare
  • Infrastructure
  • Energy
  • Media & Entertainment
  • Innovation

Kalam Centre stands to take forward the dreams of Dr Kalam, which he left behind for the nation and world – right up to his very final moment at IIM Shillong.