Every year on 5th September, Teachers’ Day is celebrated across India. The day is dedicated to teachers, mentors, gurus, and acknowledges their contribution towards shaping students life. The day marks the birth anniversary of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, a scholar, Bharat Ratna recipient and the first Vice President and second President of independent India, who was born on September 5, 1888.
Dr. Radhakrishnan was born into a Telugu family. He held a master’s degree in philosophy and was responsible for attracting global attention to Indian philosophy. He had a long academic career, teaching at Chennai’s Presidency College and Calcutta University, and then, from 1931-1936, serving as the Vice Chancellor of Andhra Pradesh University. He was also invited to Oxford for teaching Eastern Religions and Ethics in 1936, a position he held for 16 years.
Since 1962, the year he held on the post of the President of India — Teacher’s Day is celebrated on his birthday to honor his work. The day holds great importance for students and teachers, and is celebrated with different programmes planned for teachers in schools and colleges. Students perform skit, conduct speeches etc. for their teachers. The main objective behind this celebration is to remember the significant role teachers play in shaping students’ life and careers.