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Teachers’ Day; History, Significance And Facts

“A good teacher is like a candle – it consumes itself to light the way for others.”

Teachers Day, celebrated annually on 05th September 2023 is a special occasion dedicated to honor our teachers for their unwavering dedication to our education. While our parents provide us with love and care, it is our teachers who play a pivotal role in shaping our future. They empower us to enhance our knowledge, skills, and self-confidence, propelling us toward success. Teachers not only guide and inspire us but also mold our thinking, unlocking endless opportunities for our future. In essence, teachers are the guiding lights without whom the world, both within and beyond, would be unimaginable.

Do you know why Teacher’s Day is celebrated on 5th September?

Teachers’ Day is celebrated on September 5th in India as a mark of tribute to the birth anniversary of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. It is a day to celebrate the effortless contribution of teachers in shaping the future of our nation. The tradition of celebrating the Teachers began on 05th September 1962.
When Radhakrishnan became the President of India in 1962, some of his students and friends requested him to let them celebrate his birthday. In response, Dr. Radhakrishnan humbly suggested, “I would be honored if you celebrated my birthday as a mark of respect to all the educators across the country, that is, Teachers’ Day.” This choice reveals his deep-seated love and reverence for the teaching profession. Consequently, September 5th has been designated as Teachers’ Day in India since then.

Significance of Teachers Day

Teachers are indeed the embodiment of knowledge, enlightenment, and prosperity, illuminating our paths and preparing us for the challenges of real life. They are the guiding lights in our lives, and it’s crucial to recognize their value and celebrate Teachers’ Day every year as a token of our appreciation. Teachers hold a special place in our hearts, often more than our parents, as they shape our minds for success and instill in us the values that lead to it. Their happiness lies in the success of their dedicated students.

Teachers invest their heart and soul into nurturing a student’s career and supporting them through life’s difficulties. They play a pivotal role in shaping a person’s future and providing invaluable guidance. Teachers’ Day serves as an opportunity for us to express our gratitude and pay tribute not only to our own teachers but also to all those who have offered us unwavering guidance and selfless efforts to help us thrive in this world.

National Awards 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 honor 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.

List Of National Awards to Teachers

President Draupadi Murmu is going to facilitate 75 teachers for their remarkable contribution in the field of education. Out of the 75 teachers, 50 teachers are shortlisted from school education, 13 from Higher Education, and 12 from the Ministry Of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.

School Education

Name State
Satyapal Singh Haryana
Vijay Kumar Himachal Pradesh
Amritpal Singh Punjab
Arti Qanungo East Delhi
Daulat Singh Gusain Chandigarh
Sanjay Kumar Uttarakhand
Asha Rani Suman Rajasthan
Sheela Asopa Rajasthan
Shyamsundar Ramchand Khanchandani Daman & Diu
Avinash Murlidhar Parkhe North Goa
Deepak Jethalal Mota Gujarat
Dr. Ritaben Nikeshchandra Fulwala Gujarat
Sarika Gharu Madhya Pradesh
Seema Agnihotri Madhya Pradesh
Dr. Brajesh Pandey Chattisgarh
Md. Ejazul Haque Jharkhand
Bhupinder Gogia Punjab
Shashi Sekhar Kar Sharma Odisha
Subhash Chandra Rout Odisha
Dr. Chandan Mishra West Bengal
Reyaz Ahmed Sheikh Jammu & Kashmir
Asiya Farooqui Uttar Pradesh
Chandra Prakash Agarwal Uttar Pradesh
Anil Kumar Singh Bihar
Dwijendra Kumar Bihar
Kumari Guddi Bihar
Ravi Kant Mishra Madhya Pradesh
Manoranjan Pathak Jharkhand
Dr. Yashpal Singh Madhya Pradesh
Mujib Rahiman K U Kerala
Chetna Khambete Madhya Pradesh
Narayan Parmeshwar Bhagwat Karnataka
Sapna Shrishail Anigol Karnataka
Netai Chandra Dey Arunachal Pradesh
Ningthoujam Binoy Singh Manipur
Dr. Purna Bahadur Chhetri Sikkim
Lalthianghlima Mizoram
Madhav Singh Meghalaya
Kumud Kalita Assam
Jose D Sujeev Kerala
Mekala Bhaskar Rao Andhra Pradesh
Murahara Rao Uma Gandhi Andhra Pradesh
Settem Anjaneyulu Andhra Pradesh
Archana Nooguri Telangana
Santhosh Kumar Bhedodkar Telangana
Ritika Anand Delhi
Sudhanshu Shekhar Panda Uttar Pradesh
Dr. T Godwin Vedanayagam Rajkumar Tamil Nadu
Malathi S.S Malathi Tamil Nadu
Mrinal Nandkishor Ganjale Maharashtra

Ministry Of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship

Name State
Dr. Dibyendu Choudhary Hyderabad
Pooja R Singh Bangalore
Sunita Singh Bhubaneshwar
Rabi Narayan Sahu Khordha
S. Chithrakumar Dindigul
Ajith A Nair Ernakulam
Timothy Jones Dhar Shillong
Swati Yogesh Deshmukh Mumbai
Shiyad Palakkad
Raman Kumar Bihar
Ramesh Rakshit West Bengal

Higher Education

Name State
Dr. Satya Ranjan Acharya Gujarat
Dr. Ashish Baldi Punjab
Indranath Sengupta Gujarat
Dr. Raghavan B. Sunoj Maharashtra
Dr. Chandragouda Raosaheb Patil Maharashtra
Sayam Sen Gupta West Bengal
Suman Chakraborty West Bengal
Dr. Farheen Bano Uttar Pradesh
Dr. S.R. Mahadeva Prasanna Karnataka
Keshav Kashinath Sangle Maharashtra
Ms. Mehta Zankhana Dilipbhai Gujarat
Dr. S. Brinda Tamil Nadu

SSCADDA wishes all of you a very Happy Teacher’s Day!!


When is teachers day celebrated every year?

Teachers Day is celebrated on 05th September every year.

When was first Teachers Day Celebrated?

First Teachers Day was celebrated in the year 1962.

Why is Teachers Day celebrated on 05th September?

Teachers Day is celebrated on 05th September to commemorate the birth anniversary of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.

When did Dr. Radhakrishnan became the President of India?

Dr. Radhakrishnan became the President of India in 1962.


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