“If a country is to be corruption free and become a nation of beautiful minds, I strongly feel there are three key societal members who can make a difference. They are the father, the mother, and the teacher.” This famous saying of India’s missile man, Lt. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam is resonating in the minds of every Indian. The quote characterizes the significance of teachers on every individual’s mind and society as a whole. Standing just next to the parents in the lead, teachers are indeed an essential part of everyone’s life. They frame and nurture individual’s talent and their capabilities.
Teachers’ Day is celebrated on September 5, every year on the occasion of the birth anniversary of India’s second President, Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. Dr. Radhakrishnan believed that “teachers should be the best minds in the country.” When he became the second president of India in 1962, his students were willing to celebrate his birthday as ‘Radhakrishnan Day,’ but he refused their idea by saying “Instead of celebrating my birthday, it would be my proud privilege if September 5 is observed as Teachers’ Day.” Ever since then, his birthday is celebrated as Teachers’ Day all over the country.
He was awarded the Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian honor in the country in 1954. Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was nominated 27 times for the Nobel Prize; 16times for the Nobel Prize in literature, and 11 times for the Nobel Peace Prize.
He used to believe that the duty of teachers is to keep in touch with the past while stretching out to the future. His teachings will continue to inspire generations.