New York, August 1: The death of Dr. APJ Kalam has not taken him away from the human world, as his memories and inspirational deeds will be very much alive in the hearts of people worldwide, just as UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who described Mr. Missile Man as a great statesman when the chief visited the Permanent Mission of India on Friday.
It was in the year 2010, when the United Nations decided to honour this 'great scientist' on his 79th birth anniversary and declared his birthday on October 15 as the ‘World Students' Day’.
In an act to sign the condolence book placed following the death of the 11th President of India and renowned scientist of ISRO. Ban said, “The outpouring of grief around the world following his death is a testament of the respect and inspiration he has garnered during and after his Presidency.”
The book has been open over the last couple of days to Ambassadors of all member state to express their condolences. Ban expressed his deepest condolences on the passing of the former Indian President in his message.
"The outpouring of grief around the world is a testament of the respect and inspiration he has garnered during and after his Presidency. The UN joins the people of India in sending our deepest condolences for this great statesman. May he rest in peace and eternity," Ban said in his message.
Kalam died on July 27 following a cardiac arrest at the age of 83. He was in Shillong to deliver a lecture at the prestigious IIM and collapsed on stage just a few minutes into his speech.
Since then, October 15 is observed as a day for students all around the world. During his lifetime, Dr Kalam had always expressed his wish to be remembered as a teacher by the people.
In 2005, Switzerland also declared May 26 as 'Science Day' to commemorate Dr Kalam’s visit to the European country