A popular saying compares a good teacher to that of a candle as it destroys itself to give light to the way of others.
India has been celebrating the Teacher’s Day from the 5th of September 1962 each year. This day is celebrated to honor the birthday of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, for his contributions to the Indian education system and for being a philosopher and a teacher par excellence. In addition to honoring our own teachers, who lit the lights for removal of innocence from our lives, it is time to honor the contributions made by the former President of the country.
About Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan:
Dr. S. Radhakrishnan was born on the 5th of September 1888 at a small town, which is located at about 40 miles from the capital city of the state of Tamil Nadu. He graduated with a Master’s degree in Arts from the ancient Madras University. In the year 1909, he got appointment at the Madras Presidency College at the Department of Philosophy. From thereon, he was engaged in the serious study of Indian philosophy and religion. Then, he went on to become a teacher of philosophy.
Educational services by Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan:
- In the year 1918, Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was appointed as the Professor of Philosophy in the University of Mysore.
- Again, in the year 1921, he was appointed as a Professor to the King George V Chair of Mental and Moral Science in the Calcutta University.
- In the year 1926 on the Month of June, he even represented the University of Calcutta at the Congress of the Universities of the British Empire.
- Again in the month of September in the same year, he represented the International Congress of Philosophy at the Harvard University.
- In the year 1929, at the Manchester College of Oxford, he was welcomed to serve for the position vacated by the then Principal. In Oxford, he also lectured the students on Comparative Religion.
- From 1936-39, he worked as the tutor of Eastern Religions and Ethics at the Oxford University.
- In the year 1939, he was elected for the British Academy for Fellowship
- From the year 1939-48, he served as the Vice-Chancellor of the Banaras Hindu University.
- During the period 1946-52, he served as the leader of the Indian delegation to UNESCO.
- During the period 1949-52, he served as the Ambassador of India to USSR. He also served as the member of Constituent Assembly of India.
In addition to being an eminent educationist of the nation, Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan has also written a number of books and has also written a number of reputed international journals as well.
To honor his contributions to the nation, he was elected as the Vice President of the nation and he served in this position from 1952-54 and he also held the position of University of Delhi’s Office of the Chancellor from the year 1953-62. In the year 1962 on the month of May, he turned out to be the President of India and served in this position until month of May 1967. To honor his contributions, he was awarded the Bharat Ratna Award in the year 1954.
Why is Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan’s Birthday celebrated as Teacher’s Day?
Immediately after the Indian independence, Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan held the chairman position of the University Education Commission in the year 1948-49. During this period, he made great contributions to revolutionize the education system in India. The suggestions given by him as the chairperson were highly helpful in molding the education system as per the country’s needs. He suggested that ‘teachers should be the best minds of the country’.
2016 Teacher’s Day:
Last year, the Government of India announced teacher’s day as Guru Utsav. Last year, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi took some key points to the future generation of the society to help them understand the significance of the day.
So, let us join hands on this Teacher’s Day to honor not just our teachers, who have made their contributions for shaping our lives, but also let us honor the eminent teachers like Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, who has made considerable contributions to the present education system of India.