Happy Teachers’ Day! Wishes 2020: Teachers Day Celebration: Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan
Some days are celebrated on certain days of each month of the year. All these days are celebrated on a particular day to commemorate an important event of the past or to create public awareness on important issues. India is no exception. One of the most celebrated days in India is Teachers’ Day.
Every year on 5th September, Teachers’ Day is celebrated with great reverence all over India. Keeping in mind the contribution of teachers in the formation of the country, this day is celebrated in their memory.
Teacher’s Day is celebrated in schools, colleges, and universities all over India on 5th September. Every year since 1982, the birthday of Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan has been celebrated as Teacher’s Day in India. He is the former President of India, Vice President, former Ambassador of India to the Soviet Union, and teacher and philosopher.
About Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan:
Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan was born on September 5, 1888, in Tiruttani, Tamil Nadu to a poor Brahmin family. He was the first Vice President and the second President of independent India. When he was only twenty, he published his first research paper on Vedanta philosophy.
He started his teaching career at Madras Presidency College. He also taught at King George V Chair of Mental and Moral Science, Calcutta University, Spalding Professor of Eastern Religion and Ethics at Oxford University and Mysore University.
He has also served as Vice-Chancellor of Andhra University and Benares Hindu University. Radhakrishnan became the Vice President in 1952. Prior to that, he was the Ambassador of UNESCO in 1946 and later the Ambassador of India to the Soviet Union.
Radhakrishnan became the President of India in 1962. Nobel laureate British philosopher, Bertrand Russell said of him, “Dr. Radhakrishnan being President of India means a special honor to the subject of philosophy. I am a philosopher myself, so I am proud too”.
Radhakrishnan received the honorary right of Knighthood in 1931, Bharat Ratna in 1954, and British Royal of Merit in 1963. This great teacher died on April 17, 1975.
Teachers Day 2020 Significance and History:
After Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan became the President his admired students celebrate his birthday as Teacher’s Day, and this is the reason for The origin of Teacher’s Day in India.
But, Dr. Radhakrishnan told his students that if they want to memorize his birthday, then instead of celebrating his birthday, celebrate the day in memory of all the teachers in the country. Since then, Teacher’s Day has been celebrated all over the country on September 5 every year.
In this context, it is significant all over the world, but Teacher’s Day is celebrated exactly one month later – that is, on October 5. In all, Teachers’ Day is celebrated on October 5 in 19 countries. Countries are Canada, Germany, Bulgaria, Azerbaijan, Estonia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Maldives, Netherlands, Pakistan, Philippines, Kuwait, Qatar, Russia, Romania, Serbia, England, Mauritius, Moldova.
On the other hand, World Teachers’ Day is celebrated on February 26 in 11 other countries of the world. The countries are – Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Bahrain, UAE, Oman. October 5, 1994, is recognized by UNESCO as’ World Teachers’ Day ‘.
On this day, all schools, colleges, and universities across India are closed for general reading. However, enthusiasm is more prevalent in schools. Students decorate their classrooms very nicely to greet the teachers.
The students organized various cultural programs in honor of the teachers. Teachers also inform the students about Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan and his life philosophy.
Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan is Honored with Many Honors:
1931 – Knight Bachelor.
1938 – Follow-up of the British Academy.
1954 – Bharat Ratna.
1961 – Peace Prize of German Book Trade.
1962 – Celebrates his birthday on September 5 as Teacher’s Day.
1963 – British Order of Merit.
1968 – Sahitya Akademi Fellowship(Radhakrishnan was the first to receive this award).
1975 – Templeton Prize (posthumously)
1989 – Scholarship awarded in his name at Oxford University.
He was nominated 15 times for the Nobel Prize in Literature, and 11 times for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan Famous Quotes:
- “BOOKS ARE THE MEANS BY WHICH WE BUILD BRIDGES BETWEEN CULTURES”
- “THE TRUE TEACHERS ARE THOSE WHO HELP US THINK FOR OURSELVES”
- “A LIFE OF JOY AND HAPPINESS IS POSSIBLE ONLY ON THE BASIS OF KNOWLEDGE AND SCIENCE”
- “WHEN WE THINK WE LEARN WE CEASE TO KNOW”
- “THE ULTIMATE SELF FREE FROM SIN, FREE FROM OLD AGE, FREE FROM DEATH AND GRIEF, FREE FROM HUNGER AND THIRST, WHICH DESIRES NOTHING AND IMAGINES NOTHING”
- “THE END PRODUCT OF EDUCATION SHOULD BE A FREE CREATIVE MAN, WHO CAN BATTLE AGAINST HISTORICAL CIRCUMSTANCES AND ADVERSITIES OF NATURE”
7. “THE WORST SINNER HAS A FUTURE, EVEN AS THE GREATEST SAINT HAS A PAST. NO ONE IS SO GOOD OR BAD AS HE IMAGINES”