National Education Day is celebrated in India on the birth anniversary of the great Freedom Fighter Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad and also the first education minister of Independent India. He was a great freedom fighter, an educationist and the first education minister of Independent India. National Education Day is celebrated on 11th November of every year across the country in all schools and colleges.
About Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad
Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad was born on 11th November 1888. He was an Indian Scholar and the senior political leader of the Independence India Movement. He was served as the first education minister of the Independent India. He was awarded Bharat Ratna in the year 1992. Azad became the leader of the Gandhi’s ideas of non-violent civil disobedience and worked to organize the non-cooperation movement in protest of the 1919 Rowlatt Acts. He served as education minister from 15th August 1947 to 2nd February 1958.
Celebrations of National Education Day in India-2016
- Pranab Mukherjee, the president of India will inaugurate the 40th Jawaharlal Nehru National Science, Mathematics and Environment Exhibition on account of National Education Day.
- All the schools affiliated to Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) are organizing seminars, workshops, essay writing, and rallies on the significance of literacy and nation's commitment to all aspects of education. The theme of the event is “Sanitation and Inclusion in School”.
- National University of educational planning & administration is planned to organize a lecture about the Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad at India International Centre at New Delhi on account of National Education Day.
- UGC also planned to organize a lecture about Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad on occasion of National Education Day.
Gifts by Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad in the field of Education
- He was the first education minister of Independent India.
- He stressed on educating the rural people and the girls.
- He was established the University Grants Commission on 1953.
- He put stress on the development of Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and the Faculty of Technology of Delhi University.
- He served as the Chairman of the Central Advisory Board of Education.
- He gave importance to adult literacy, Girls education, Universal Primary education for all the children’s up to the age of 14.
- The ministry of education established the first Indian Institute of technology in 1951 during Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad’s period.
- He predicted a great future in IITs for India.
In this way, several programmes will be held to spread awareness on Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education.