Teachers’ Day 2020: Know About Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

Teachers’ Day 2020: Know About Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

Teachers’ Day is celebrated across the country to honor the teachers for the contribution in spreading education and shaping students’ future. On 5 September every year, Teachers’ Day is celebrated In India.

♦Why September 5 is celebrated as Teachers’ Day

  • Teachers’ day is observed on September 5 to mark the birth anniversary of India’s 1st Vice-president & 2nd President Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.  He was conferred with India’s highest civilian award, Bharat Ratna.
  • Prior to entering politics, Dr Radhakrishnan served as a professor in many colleges for a long time.
  • He was also a well-known writer and wrote a book “The Philosophy of Rabindranath Tagore”.
  • On one occasion in 1962, when Radhakrishnan’s students requested him to let them celebrate his birthday, he requested them to celebrate his birthday as Teachers’ Day. Thus, Teachers’ Day was 1st observed in 1962 and it has always been observed on the birthday of Radhakrishnan, since then.

♦About Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

  • Born-September 5, 1888 (Thiruthani, Tamil Nadu)
  • Student and Studied philosophy at Christian College, Madras
  • Various colleges – from University of Mysore to University of Calcutta
  • Appointed as the Vice-Chancellor of Andhra University, Delhi University as well as Banaras Hindu University
  • First Indian to hold a chair at the University of Oxford – the Spalding Professor of Eastern Religion and Ethics (1936-1952)
  • In 1930, he was appointed Haskell lecturer in Comparative Religion at the University of Chicago
  • Elected chairman of UNESCO’s executive board in 1948
  • Bharat Ratna- 1954
  • Honoured with honorary membership of the British Royal Order of Merit in 1963
  • Also his name was also nominated for the Nobel Prize 27 times.
  • Died- April 16, 1975 in Chennai

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