APJ Abdul Kalam
6,000 students stand in a formation to create an image of former President of India Dr A. P. J. Abdul Kalam spreading over 15,000 sq. ft. in Chennai.IANS

Thursday marks the 84th birth anniversary of former Indian President Dr Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam or APJ Abdul Kalam.

Born to Tamil Muslim parents in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu in 1931, Kalam was a bright and hardworking student. He graduated from the Madras Institute of Technology in 1960 before joining as a scientist at the Aeronautical Development Establishment of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

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Often called the "People's President", Kalam, the 11th President of India from 2002 to 2007, is also the father of India's military missile program.

The renowned scientist, who inspired millions of people from around the world, passed away in Shillong, Meghalaya, while addressing the students of the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) on 27, July, 2015.

Following the death of Kalam, there were many reports that United Nations will observe his birth date as the World Students' Day. However, no official confirmation has been made, nor is the day added among the list of UN International Days.

Check out some notable inspiring quotes by APJ Abdul Kalam:

Those who cannot work with their hearts achieve but a hollow, half-hearted success that breeds bitterness all around.

Educationists should build the capacities of the spirit of inquiry, creativity, entrepreneurial and moral leadership among students and become their role model.

You have to dream before your dreams can come true.

We should not give up and we should not allow the problem to defeat us.

Man needs his difficulties because they are necessary to enjoy success.

Creativity is the key to success in the future, and primary education is where teachers can bring creativity in children at that level.

No religion has mandated killing others as a requirement for its sustenance or promotion.

Economy forced me to become a vegetarian, but I finally starting liking it.

War is never a lasting solution for any problem.

The youth need to be enabled to become job generators from job seekers.

A teacher should have a creative mind.

To become 'unique,' the challenge is to fight the hardest battle which anyone can imagine until you reach your destination.

Great teachers emanate out of knowledge, passion and compassion.