Teachers’ Day

• The President of India Ram Nath Kovind greeted teachers across the country on the occasion of Teachers’ Day. We celebrate the Teachers’ Day on the birth anniversary of Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.

About:

• Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan (5 September 1888 – 17 April 1975) was an Indian philosopher, academic, and statesman who served as the first Vice President of India (1952–1962) and the second President of India (1962–1967).

• He served as the professor of philosophy at Mysore(1918-21) and Calcutta(1937-41) universities. He was the first Indian to hold a professorial chair at the University of Oxford.

• His philosophy was grounded in Advaita Vedanta, reinterpreting this tradition for a contemporary understanding.

• He was awarded several high awards during his life, including a knighthood in 1931, the Bharat Ratna in 1954, and honorary membership of the British Royal Order of Merit in 1963.

• He was also one of the founders of HelpAge India, a non-profit organisation for elderly underprivileged in India.

• Sarvepalli believed that “teachers should be the best minds in the country”. Since 1962, his birthday has been celebrated in India as Teachers’ Day on 5 September every year.

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