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Teacher's Day 2017: Know All About The Day Honouring Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

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| September 5 , 2017 , 14:46 IST

India honours its teachers and gurus on September 5 each year on the occasion of Teacher's Day, marked in honour of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, who was born on September 5, 1888. Dr Radhakrishnan was India's first vice president and second president. He was a great scholar, philosopher and Bharat Ratan recipient. Since 1962 - the year he became president - India has commemorated Dr Radhakrishnan's birth anniversary by paying tribute to its teachers and gurus on this day observed as Teacher’s Day.

Dr. Radhakrishnan taught at Chennai's Presidency College and Calcutta University. He served as Vice-Chancellor of Andhra University from 1931 to 1936. In 1936, Dr Radhakrishnan was invited to fill the chair of Spalding Professor of Eastern Religions and Ethics at Oxford which he retained for 16 years.

It is said that Dr Radhakrishnan's students were keen to celebrate his birthday. However, he suggested instead of celebrating his birthday, it would be his "proud privilege" if the day was observed as Teacher's Day instead.

On Teacher's Day, students across the nation honour the teachers and gurus in their lives. Often, special programmes are held in schools and colleges honouring educators and the important - and often, thankless - work they do daily. Social media platforms are flooded with tributes to teachers.

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Leading the way are the President of India Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi who tweeted their greetings. President Kovind greeted teachers across the country on the occasion of Teacher's Day. Prime Minister Modi saluted the teaching community. Virendra Sehwag and Vijender Singh also tweeted wishing Happy Teacher’s Day!

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