Teachers Day History
Significance of Teachers Day
Teachers put their heart and soul into building up a student’s career and help them fight the losing battles. They shape the career of a person and guide them in the right direction. Teachers’ Day is an opportunity for all of us to pay tribute and gratitude to not only the teachers in our life but also everyone who gave us the right guidance and put his/her continuous, selfless and precious efforts in moulding our lives to come up in the world.
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About Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
- Dr S Radhakrishnan was born to a Telugu Brahmin family in Tiruttani in Tamil Nadu on 5th September 1888.
- He received his primary education at Tiruttani Primary School and then moved to the Hermannsburg Evangelical Lutheral Mission School in Tirupati.
- In 1906, Dr Radhakrishnan graduated from the Madras Christian College with a Masters degree in Philosophy.
Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan’s Career
- In 1909 he was appointed at the Department of Philosophy in the Madras Presidency College.
- In 1918, he joined as the Professor of Philosophy at the University of Mysore.
- In 1921 Dr Radhakrishnan was appointed as the professor of Philosophy at the University of Kolkata.
- In June 1926, he represented the University of Kolkata at the Congress of the University of the British Empire.
- In September 1926, Dr Radhakrishnan represented the International College of Philosophy at Harvard University.
- From 1931 to 1936, he served as the Vice-Chancellor of Andhra University.
- In 1936, he was named as the ‘Spalding Professor of Eastern Religion and Ethics’ at the University of Oxford and was also elected as Fellow of All Souls College.
- In 1939, Dr Radhakrishnan was invited by Pt. Madan Mohan Malaviya to be the Vice-Chancellor of the Benaras Hindu University, which he did till 1948.
- After Independence in 1947, Dr Radhakrishnan represented the country at UNESCO and later he served as the Ambassador of India to the Soviet Union from 1949-1952.
- In 1952, he was elected as the First Vice President of India.
- In 1962 Dr Radhakrishnan was elected as the second President of India.
Honours to Dr Radhakrishnan
- Dr Radhakrishnan was knighted by King George V in 1931 for his service in the field of education.
- He was honoured with the Bharat Ratna in 1954.
The National Award to Teachers
- The National Award to Teachers is given by the President of India on 5th September (Teacher’s Day) every year to give public recognition and honour meritorious teachers working in primary, middle and secondary schools.
- The award was instituted in 1958.
- From the award year 2001, ‘Special Awards’ have been established for teachers promoting inclusive education in schools and the education of children with disabilities in regular schools.
- The total number of ‘Special Awards’ is 43.
- The award carries a Silver Medal, Certificate and Rs.50,000/- as award money.