Well-known Teachers’ Day is a special day for the appreciation of teachers, and it may include celebrations to honor teachers for their special contributions in a particular field area, or the community in general.
The idea of celebrating Teachers’ Day happened in several countries during the 19th century. On this occasion, they celebrate a local educator (Teacher) or an important milestone in education. This is the primary reason why countries celebrate this day on different dates, unlike numerous other International Days. For example, Argentina has commemorated Domingo Faustino Sarmiento’s death on 11 September) since 1915; while in India Guru Purnima is traditionally observed as a day to honor teachers, the birthday of the second president Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan (5 September) is also celebrated as Teacher’s Day since 1962.
Numerous countries celebrate World Teachers’ Day, established by UNESCO in 1994, on 5 October as their Teachers’ Day.
Significance of Teacher’s Day in India:
To mark the birth anniversary of president Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan Virswami, India celebrates Teachers’ Day on September 5. It is stated that when Dr Radhakrishnan became President (1962-1967), his students and friends wished to celebrate his birthday. But, known for his humble nature, he requested, “Instead of celebrating my birthday, it would be my proud privilege if September 5 is observed as Teachers’ Day.” Since then, his birthday has been observed as Teachers’ Day.
About Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan Virswami:
Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan Virswami was born in 1882 in a town called Tirutani in Andhra Pradesh. However, his father wanted him to take on the role of a priest, the boy’s talents brought him to Tirupati and later Vellore to study. He finally joined Christian College, Madras, in order to study philosophy.
Dr S. Radhakrishnanji believed that the study of Indian philosophy and its interpretation in western terms would cast off the imperial inferiority complex and give Indians a renewed sense of self-esteem. As a professor at the Presidency College in Madras and the University of Calcutta, he was famous among students and was seen as an evocative teacher.
He later served as the Vice-Chancellor of both Andhra University and Banaras Hindu University and was recognised by Oxford University when he was called to fill the Chair of Spalding Professor of Eastern Religions. In 1939, he was elected Fellow of the British Academy. Radhakrishnanji became the first Vice President of India in 1952 and took on the role of the nation’s second President in 1962 until 1967.
He was awarded India’s highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna, in 1984 and the British Order of Merit in 1963. He passed away on April 17, 1975 and has so far been nominated 11 times for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Regardless of all his achievements and contributions, Radhakrishnan remained a teacher throughout his life. Teachers’ Day is celebrated to honour the memory of India’s first Vice President and to honor the importance of teachers in our lives.
Celebration of Teacher’s Day:
On the occasion of Teacher’s Day, students do lot of events to honour teachers at schools and colleges like students organise function, arrange singing competition and dedicate it to the group of Teacher, even arrange competition for teachers, performs numerous dance classical or contemporary which becomes a visual treat to the teachers. Recite poems with some best titles, do mimicry of teachers, play lots of games with the teachers, plan a picnic, offer gifts, garlands and coconut and at last they thank teachers by expressing their gratitude as this prominent day is devoted to the teachers.
10 Inspiring Quotes From Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan:
1. Books are the means by which we build bridges between cultures. – Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
2. Teachers should be the best minds in the country. – Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
3. A literary genius, it is said, resembles all, though no one resembles him. – Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
4. A life of joy and happiness is possible only on the basis of knowledge and science. – Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
5. When we think we know, we cease to learn. – Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
6. The end-product of education should be a free creative man, who can battle against historical circumstances and adversities of nature. – Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
7. True teachers are those who help us think for ourselves. – Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
8. Human life as we have it is only the raw material for Human life as it might be. – Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
9. Religion is behaviour and not mere belief. – Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
10. Man is a paradoxical being- the constant glory and scandal of this world. – Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
We wish Happy Teacher’s Day to all the Teachers around the world.