Tributes To India’s Greatest Teacher, Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

The universally accepted World Teacher’s Day is 5th October. In India, the Teacher’s Day is celebrated on 5th September and this tradition started in 1962.

Teachers play a vital role not only in the development of an individual but also of the society as a whole.Teachers shape the mind of children which in turn helps them become responsible citizens.

“ A good teacher is like a candle, it consumes itself to light the way for other.” 

On this special day, students celebrate the contribution of teachers in their lives and shaping up the society. The classrooms across the nation burst into colours with decorations, cultural programmes and greetings.

Teachers are said to be the future building blocks of the country as they shape the life of the students who are the future of the nation.

Dr. Radhakrishnan wanted Teachers’ Day to be celebrated as a mark of tribute to the greatest teachers of the country.

Teacher’s Day is marked in honour of Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, who was born on September 5, 1888.Dr Radhakrishnan was India’s first vice president and second president.

He was a great scholar, philosopher and Bharat Ratna recipient. The day is celebrated in honour of Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, known for his contribution to the Indian education system.

Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan pursued his education at reputed schools in Tirupati and Vellore and went on to study Philosophy in Christian College, Madras. He later on started teaching as a Professor at the Presidency College in Madras and the University of Calcutta.

He graduated with a master’s degree in Philosophy. He wrote – ‘The Philosophy of Rabindranath Tagore’, which was his first book in 1917 and placed Indian philosophy on the world map.

He also became the Vice Chancellor of Andhra University as well as Banaras Hindu University. He served as Vice-Chancellor of Andhra University from 1931 to 1936.He was also the chancellor of University of Delhi from 1953 to 1962.

He was committed towards the teaching profession and was also appointed as the Chairman of University Grants Commission in 1949.

In 1936, Dr Radhakrishnan was invited to fill the Chair of Spalding Professor of Eastern Religions and Ethics at Oxford which he retained for 16 years.

Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan is a Bharat Ratna recipient. He was awarded Bharat Ratna in 1954.Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan nominated 27 times for Nobel Prize; sixteen times for the Nobel prize in literature.He was also nominated eleven times for Nobel Peace Prize until he passed away in 1975.

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