Happy Teachers Day 2018: Every year in India, September 5 is celebrated as Teachers’ Day to mark the birth anniversary of Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, who was born on September 5, 1888. A great scholar, philosopher and a Bharat Ratna recipient, Dr Radhakrishnan was the first Vice President and second President of independent India.
Dr Radhakrishnan was a celebrated academic. Born into a Telugu family, 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. Later, he taught at Chennai’s Presidency College and Calcutta University. He also served as the Vice Chancellor of Andhra Pradesh University from 1931 to 1936. In 1936, Dr Radhakrishnan was invited to teach Eastern Religions and Ethics at Oxford. He held the position for sixteen years.
It is believed that Dr Radhakrishnan said that it would be his “proud privilege” if his birthday was observed as Teachers’ Day. So, since 1962 – the year in which he started serving as the second President of India, the country has been celebrating his birth anniversary as Teachers’ Day to commemorate his work.
Importance and Significance
To mark his birth anniversary, on the occasion of Teachers’ Day, students across the nation honour their teachers and thank them for their endless efforts in educating them. Schools and colleges often host special programmes to celebrate their presence.
It is on the teachers that the burden of passing knowledge onto the future generation lies on. They shape the world in their classrooms, year after year. This day celebrates their contribution to the society and honours their endeavour.