Rajendra Prasad – When his teacher got impressed with him
Impressed by his intellect, an examiner once had commented on his answer sheet “examinee is better than examiner”.
Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan – Luck by chance
Radhakrishnan studied philosophy by chance rather than choice. Being a financially constrained student, when a cousin who graduated from the same college passed on his philosophy textbooks in to Radhakrishnan, it automatically decided his academic course.
Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan – Story behind Teacher’s day
When he became the President of India, some of his students and friends requested him to allow them to celebrate his birthday, on 5 September. He replied, “Instead of celebrating my birthday, it would be my proud privilege if September 5th is observed as Teachers’ Day.”
A.P. J. Abdul Kalam – People’s President
In his school years, Kalam had average grades but was described as a bright and hardworking student who had a strong desire to learn. He spent hours on his studies, especially mathematics.
While Kalam was working on a senior class project, the Dean was dissatisfied with his lack of progress and threatened to revoke his scholarship unless the project was finished within the next three days. Kalam met the deadline, impressing the Dean, who later said to him, “I was putting you under stress and asking you to meet a difficult deadline”. He narrowly missed achieving his dream of becoming a fighter pilot, as he placed ninth in qualifiers, and only eight positions were available in the IAF.
Pranab Mukherjee – Started his career as an upper-division Clerk
He was an upper-division Clerk in the Office of the Deputy Accountant-General (Post and Telegraph) in Calcutta. In 1963, he became Lecturer (Asst.Prof.)teaching Political Science at the Vidyanagar College (in South 24 Parganas) and he also worked as a Journalist with the Desher Dak (Call of Motherland) before entering politics.
Source: Compiled from Wikipedia