Teachers’ Day is annually celebrated on 5th of September in India. The day is celebrated to commemorate Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan whose birthday is on September 5, 1888. He served as the country’s very first Vice President and second President of India. He was also a very prominent scholar, philosopher and proud recipient of Bharat Ratna award. Right from his very first year as President of India, the country has been celebrating his birth anniversary as Teachers’ Day to pay tribute to all the teachers and gurus.
Dr Radhakrishnan worked with the Chennai Presidency College and Calcutta University. He was also the Vice Chancellor of Andhra University between years 1931 and 1936. He also served as the Chair of Spalding Professor of Eastern Religions and Ethics at Oxford for 16 long years.
Children, being fond of him, wanted his birthday to be celebrated. However, he did not want that to be a personal celebration of his birthday, rater a celebration of the privilege of all the teachers by celebrating the day as Teachers’ Day.
One of his closest friends Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru has said that Dr Radhakrishnan has served in India in various aspects. His service as a teacher teach us a lot of lessons.
Live Chennai wishes you all a very happy Teachers’ Day. Let all the teachers feel proud and joyous about their profession and their choice of career that sows seeds of prosperity and good deeds in growing minds.