Teachers’ Day 2019: Teacher’s Day is being celebrated across India today to honor Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan on his 131st birth anniversary. The Teacher’s Day is observed annually on September 5, as Dr. Radhakrishnan was born on September 5, 1888.
Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was India’s first Vice President and second President. Teachers’ Day was first celebrated in 1962, the year he became the second President of India. Since then, the day has been celebrated every year. Dr. Radhakrishnan highly believed that teachers should be the best minds in the country.
Teachers’ Day 2019: Significance
Teachers’ Day aims to value and acknowledge the contribution of all the teachers in shaping one’s lives. Though it is not a holiday and students are required to report to school, normal classes are replaced by activities of celebration in school, honoring the teachers for their hard work and endless contribution to a student’s educational life.
Teachers’ Day is dedicated to all the teachers, gurus and mentors who guide their successors to become better human beings, just like Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan did in his time.
About Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan served as India’s first Vice President from 1952-1962 and as India’s second President from 1962-1967.
Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was one of India’s most distinguished scholars of the 20th century. His book, ‘The Philosophy of Rabindranath Tagore’ attracted global attention to Indian philosophy.
Dr. Radhakrishnan taught in several distinguished educational institutions including Oxford University, University of Chicago, Calcutta University, Mysore University and Madras Presidency College.
Dr. Radhakrishnan’s philosophy was grounded in Advaita Vedanta. He defended Hinduism against “uninformed Western criticism” and played a major role in the formation of contemporary Hindu identity. He earned the reputation of being the bridge-builder between India and the West.
Dr. Radhakrishnan was one of the founders of Helpage India, a renowned NGO for elderly underprivileged in India.