Nation Celebrates Teacher's Day On Birth Anniversary Of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan Today

| September 5 , 2018 , 09:56 IST

Teachers play a priceless role in the development of a person, educating and grooming the personality of children and youth, preparing them for the future. In India, Teacher's Day is celebrated on September 5 on the birth anniversary of former president of India Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.

A renowned teacher, Dr. Radhakrishnan received several accolades during his lifetime, including a knighthood in 1931, India's highest civilian award the Bharat Ratna, honorary membership of the British Royal Order of Merit and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize 11 times during his life.

The first Teacher's Day in India was celebrated in 1962 when Dr. Radhakrishnan, a well-known diplomat, scholar and teacher, started serving as the President of India. When some of his students and friends requested him to allow them to celebrate his birthday, Dr. Radhakrishnan said, "Instead of celebrating my birthday separately, it would be my proud privilege, if 5th September is observed as Teachers' day".

Since then, September 5th is observed as Teacher's Day in India. On the occasion of Teacher's Day on Wednesday, people from all walks of life paid tribute to their respected teachers.