Teachers' Day [September 5]

By : Neha Dhyani

Updated : May 11, 2022, 9:57

Teachers' Day is celebrated every year in India to commemorate the birth anniversary of Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. He was an academician known for his outstanding contribution to the Indian education sector. This is why his birthday is celebrated as Teachers' Day every year.

Teachers' Day History

Teachers' Day is observed to appreciate teachers. It is celebrated by honouring teachers from various fields for their contributions to the field. Or, they are appreciated for their service and contributions to the community in general.

Many countries began celebrating Teachers' Day in the 19th century, mostly to honour and appreciate an important educator or to commemorate a milestone in education that is specific to their country. Due to this, the day is celebrated on different dates in different countries.

For example, in Argentina, the death of Domingo Faustino Sarmiento, an activist, writer, intellectual, and the second President of Argentina, has been commemorated as Teachers' Day on September 11, 1915.

National Teachers' Day is observed in India on September 5 since 1962 to commemorate Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan's birth anniversary. He was a respected scholar, a Bharat Ratna laureate, India's first Vice-President and the second President.

Teachers' Day - About S. Radhakrishnan

  • India's first Vice President and second President were Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.
  • His book, 'The Philosophy of Rabindranath Tagore,' brought Indian philosophy to the world's notice
  • Advaita Vedanta was the foundation of his philosophy. He was a key figure in creating contemporary Hindu identity, defending Hinduism against "uninformed Western critique."
  • He developed a reputation as a bridge-builder between India and the West
  • He is believed to be one of the founders of HelpAge India, a well-known NGO in India that helps the aged and underprivileged

Dr S. Radhakrishnan has made significant contributions to various topics, including theoretical, theological, moral, educational, communal, and other enlightening subjects. He contributed to several prestigious magazines and published multiple pieces in them.

In 1962, Dr Radhakrishnan was elected President of India. Some of his friends and pupils approached him and asked if he would allow them to celebrate his birthday on September 5.

"Instead of quietly commemorating my birthday, it would be my arrogant privilege if September 5 is scrutinised as Teachers' Day," Dr S. Radhakrishnan remarked.

Dr S. Radhakrishnan's affection and dedication for teachers were demonstrated by such a request from India's President. Since then, Teachers' Day has been celebrated in India on September 5.

Teachers' Day Objectives

As the saying goes, a country's future is in its children's hands, and teachers, as mentors, may transform pupils into future leaders who determine India's destiny.

They play a significant part in our lives by assisting us in achieving professional success. They help us become better human beings, members of society, and citizens of the country.

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Teachers' Day Significance

National Teachers' Day is observed in India on September 5th to commemorate Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan's birth anniversary. He was a respected scholar, a Bharat Ratna laureate, India's first Vice-President, and the country's second President. On September 5, 1888, he was born. He was a distinguished envoy, academician, and excellent teacher. He was an advocate of information, an outstanding envoy, an academician, and a great teacher.

His birthday is commemorated as National Teachers' Day in India. Teacher's day is observed to honour the difficulties, sacrifices, and unique responsibilities teachers play in our lives. Its goal is to promote awareness about teachers' roles in providing high-quality education at all levels and to enhance teaching conditions in the country.

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Teachers' Day Events

Teachers should be admired and appreciated. The President of India presented the National Teachers Awards on the eve of Teachers' Day, on September 5, to deserving teachers in India.

Awards are given on Teachers' Day to excellent teachers in primary, middle, and secondary schools as a token of public appreciation.

National Teachers' Day celebrates the spirit of every teacher in India and how they contribute to building a more robust economy. It is also a mark of commemoration of the birth anniversary of S. Radhakrishnan.

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FAQs on Teachers' Day

Q.1. Why is Teachers' Day celebrated?

Teachers' Day is celebrated to celebrate the efforts of all teachers and generally commemorates an important educator in the community.

Q.2. On whose birthday is Teachers' Day celebrated in India?

Teachers' Day is celebrated on the birthday of Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.

Q.3. When is Teachers' Day celebrated in India?

Teachers' Day is celebrated on September 5 every year.

Q.4. Since which year has National Teachers' Day been celebrated in India?

National Teachers' Day has been celebrated in India since 1962.

Q.5. Which awards are given out on Teachers' Day?

The National Teachers Awards are given out on Teachers' Day.