Every year, the 5th of September which is the birth anniversary of former president Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, is celebrated as Teachers day in the country in honour. On this day students from all over the nation pay homage to their teachers and offer gratitude to those who are their source of inspiration and guiding light.
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Dr. Radhakrishnan’s contribution to the field of education are manifold. He had put in exemplary efforts and worked tirelessly towards making education a priority in the country.
This tradition began in 1962, the reason being that some of his students wanted to celebrate his birthday, but he asked them to make it a day to celebrate the selfless work of their beloved teachers instead.
Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and few others also paid tributes to the former President.
“Wishing you all a very happy Teachers’ Day. Today, let us thank all those teachers who have been working tirelessly through the hardship of the pandemic to prevent academic disruption to students,” the Vice President Secretariat tweeted quoting Naidu.
“Let us salute their dedication, courage and their selfless service,” he added.
“He was an eminent teacher, philosopher, scholar, statesman and author. His life, work and legacy will keep inspiring every Indian,” the Vice President mentioned.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi remarked that the people of the country are grateful to them for their contribution towards shaping minds and building the nation.
Posting a clipping from his speech which took place during last month’s Mann Ki Baat broadcast through which, he had introduced the idea of teachers teaching students about the lesser-known aspects of India’s freedom struggle, he tweeted, “Who better than our knowledgeable teachers to deepen our connect with our nation’s glorious history. During the recent #MannKiBaat, I had shared an idea of teachers teaching students about lesser known aspects of our great freedom struggle. #OurTeachersOurHeroes,”
Home Minister Amit Shah paid homage with the tweet, “Tributes to an iconic thinker and erudite scholar, former President Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan on his Jayanti”.