Teacher’s Day 2022 In India, why is it celebrated on September 5?: Every year, India celebrates Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan’s birth anniversary as National Teachers’ Day as a tribute to his contributions and achievements. Born on September 5, 1888, Dr. Radhakrishnan not only served as the President of India, but was also a scholar, philosopher and Bharat Ratna awardee.
Born into a poor Telugu Brahmin family, Radhakrishnan completed his entire education through scholarships. He had a master’s degree in Philosophy and authored the book “The Philosophy of Rabindranath Tagore” in 1917. He was also Vice-Chancellor of Andhra University from 1931 to 1936 and Vice-Chancellor of Banaras Hindu University (BHU) in 1939. , succeeding Madan Mohan Malviya.
He went on to teach at the Presidency College in Chennai and the University of Calcutta. In 1931, he was awarded the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award in 1954. In 1963 he was admitted as an honorary member of the British Royal Order of Merit.
The future of Teacher’s Day
During his lifetime, Dr. Radhakrishnan was a meritorious student, a famous teacher among students. It is said that while he was serving as the second President of India in 1962, his students approached him for permission to celebrate his birthday, September 5, as a special day. Instead, Dr. Radhakrishnan called for September 5 to be celebrated as Teacher’s Day, to recognize the contribution of teachers to society.
Despite all his achievements and contributions, Radhakrishnan remained a teacher throughout his life. Teacher’s Day is celebrated to honor the memory of the first Vice President of India and to commemorate the importance of teachers in our lives.
Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru once said to Radhakrishnan, “He has served his country in many capacities. But above all, he is a great teacher from whom we have all learned much and will continue to learn. It is a peculiar privilege of India to have as its President a great philosopher, a great pedagogue and a great humanist”.