Celebrating birth anniversary of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan (1888-1975) as Teacher’s Day

One of the most erudite scholar of the 20th century, Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan’s birth anniversary is celebrated as Teacher’s Day on September 5 every year since 1962

Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, born on September 5, 1888, in a middle class family in Thiruthani, Tamil Nadu. A former president (who served as the first vice president and second president of India), honored with knighthood in 1931 and Bharat Ratna in 1954. He was nominated 16 times for the Nobel Prize in Literature, and another 11 times for the Nobel Peace Prize.

An eminent teacher, philosopher, scholar, statesman and author who acclaimed for dedicating his life towards education and improving the standards in the field of education. A tribute to an iconic thinker and erudite scholar, a knowledgeable who taught us to connect deeply with our nation, we are grateful to them for their contribution towards shaping minds and building our nation, we show our gratitude to their dedication, courage and their selfless service.

When Sarvepalli became the President of India, some of their students and friends admired, respected and requested him to allow them to celebrate his birthday, on 5 September. In 1921, when they were en route to the Mysore University, their students had arranged for a flower-decked carriage to take him to the destination. This carriage was pulled by the students themselves. And from that day our nation celebrating teacher’s day on their birth anniversary as Radhakrishnan replied to their students and friends they would be their proud privilege if September 5th is observed as Teacher’s Day instead of celebrating my birthday.

It is a day to thank all the teachers who have been working tirelessly, and not deterred by pandemic to prevent academic disruption.

Here are some of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan’s inspiring quotes:

“A life of joy and happiness is possible only on the basis of knowledge and science”.

“All of our world organizations will prove ineffective if the truth that love is stronger than hate does not inspire them”.

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