Teachers' Day 2018: 5 amazing facts about Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan's birthday, September 5

Published on: Sep 5, 2018 16:17 IST
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Teachers' Day 2018: 5 facts about Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan and why his birthday is celebrated as Teachers' Day

A teacher’s job is perhaps the most influential one there is. It incorporates every single thing pertaining to the development of an individual as a responsible and knowledgeable adult. Teachers strive and shape up the minds of the students akin to a potter shaping up raw clay. They help us at every turn of our lives, not even caring for anything in return.

Teachers play a significant role in our lives. They are the ones who nurture us and guide us towards a better path. Every year, we celebrate September 5 as Teachers' Day to commemorate the efforts and hard work put in by teachers all year round. This day is celebrated as the birthday of one of the most loved President Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.

India's 'guru-shishya' tradition is unfathomable. Teachers' Day in India is celebrated to mark the birth anniversary of the second President of India, Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. Born in a poor Brahmin family in 1888, Dr Radhakrishnan later became one of the most influential thinkers of our country.

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There are many reasons as to why we love celebrating Teachers' Day. From dressing up like teachers to organising events for them, students put their maximum efforts in making this day special for their teachers and mentors. A teacher or a 'guru' is someone who guides us through the path of darkness. Our teachers, no matter how much we dislike them, are the ones who are responsible for our stable upbringing.

Here are the five reasons why we celebrate Teachers' Day:

1. During Dr Radhakrishnan's presidential reign, students wanted to celebrate his birthday. As we know how humble he was, he insisted that instead of celebrating his birthday they should celebrate Teachers' Day.

2. When he was leaving to take charge as a professor in Calcutta, a flower-decked carriage was pulled by his students from the Mysore University to the railway station.

3. The very first Teachers' Day was celebrated in 1962. This was the year when President Radhakrishnan assumed his office.

4. Through Teachers' Day, Radhakrishnan's vision was to pay tributes to the greatest teachers of India and Bangladesh.

5. His visionary attitude and modernized tactics were loved by the students, making him popular among them.

Although a teacher deserves all the love and respect in this world, we often tend to forget that. Teaching is one of the noblest professions and September 5 is the day that is purely dedicated to the teachers across the country.

-Shruti Niraj

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