Happy Teachers Day 2021 – Every year Teachers’ Day is celebrated all over India on 5th September. It is because Dr. S. Radhakrishnan was born on this day. Dr. S. Radhakrishnan who later became a great government dignitary, was earlier an outstanding teacher. He taught in India and later in England. He was greatly loved by his pupils for his scholarship and affable manners.
Teachers’ day is celebrated in our school every year. On this day, teachers are given a break for their routine job of teaching. In their place, the students of XII class dress smartly as teachers and teach the junior classes for about an hour or so.
All the students take them as real teachers for that period. A day earlier, the school hall is tastefully decorated with colourful ribbons and bunting. The main function is held there.
All the teachers are invited by the students through artistic invitation cards as our honored guests and the most important persons. A cultural programme especially prepared for the teachers is held.
In this programme, skits, songs, dances, mimicry and parodies are presented by the students. The teachers are parodied in a light vein without giving any of them an occasion for being displeased.
The student representatives in their speeches praise the teachers for the good work they do as nation-builders. We pray for their prosperity and long life. We even offer apologies for any lapses on our part.
Then the teachers are presented beautiful bouquets and gifts, which usually create laughter without malice.Last of all the teachers are invited to a light refreshment programme and we get blessings from them which they give liberally in tune with their general nature of love and generosity.
Teachers Day Message: 5th September is celebrated as “Teachers’ Day” as the mark of great respect and tribute to the teachers for their contribution to the society.
The role of teacher in shaping the personality of the child is of utmost importance and as such it gives the highest position and respect to the teacher in the society.
A true teacher is always selfless and strives for the betterment of the children to prepare them to meet the challenges of life. As always mentioned in his speeches by our most beloved, true nationalist and inspiring personality our former President of India – late Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam that “ifIndia has to become super power and corruption free country only three people in the society can make it happen i.e., Father, Mother and Teacher”. This signifies the importance of a Teacher in the society.
This year, being 125th birth anniversary of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan – one of our greatest teachers whose birthday being celebrated as “Teachers’ Day” assumes more significance.
On this occasion, I extend my respects and heartiest greetings to all the Teachers across the country for their relentless, selfless and committed service to the rural talented children.
Every year on September 5, the birth anniversary of Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan is being celebrated as Teachers’ Day across the country. Radhakrishnan was born in a poor Brahmin family in Andhra Pradesh’s Tiruttani in 1888.
He was a bright student and through scholarships completed his studies. A great scholar, philosopher and a Bharat Ratna recipient, Radhakrishnan was the first Vice President and second President of independent India.
During his tenure as a President of India (from 1962-67), his students and friends requested him to celebrate his birthday. He replied, “Instead of celebrating my birthday, it would be my proud privilege if September 5 is observed as Teachers’ Day.” Since then, his birthday has been observed as Teachers’ Day.
Radhakrishnan graduated with a Master’s degree in Philosophy and authored the book ‘The Philosophy of Rabindranath Tagore’ in 1917 and placed Indian philosophy on the world map.
He went on to teach at Chennai’s Presidency College and Calcutta University. As a professor at the Presidency College in Madras and the University of Calcutta, he was popular among students and was seen as a brilliant
He later served as the Vice-Chancellor of both Andhra University and Banaras Hindu University and was recognised by the Oxford University when he was called to fill the Chair of Spalding Professor of Eastern Religions.
In 1939, he was elected fellow of the British Academy. Radhakrishnan became the first Vice President of India in 1952 and took on the role of the nation’s second President in 1962 until 1967.
He was awarded India’s highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna in 1984 and the British Order of Merit in 1963. He passed away on April 17, 1975 and has so far been nominated 11 times for the Nobel Peace Prize. Despite all his achievements and contributions, Radhakrishnan remained a teacher throughout his life. Teachers’ Day is celebrated to honour the memory of India’s first Vice President and to commemorate the importance of teachers in our lives.
Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru once said on Radhakrishnan, “He has served his country in many capacities. But above all, he is a great teacher from whom all of us have learnt much and will continue to learn. It is India’s peculiar privilege to have a great philosopher, a great educationist and a great humanist as her President.”
- Why is Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan’s birthday celebrated on September 5?
In India, September 5 is celebrated as Teachers’ Day as a tribute to the contribution made by teachers to society. Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan – India’s former President, scholar, philosopher and Bharat Ratna awardee – was born on this day in 1888.
When Dr Radhakrishan took the office of the second President of India in 1962, his students approached him to seek permission to celebrate September 5 as a special day. Dr Radhakrishnan instead made a request to observe September 5 as Teachers’ Day, to recognise the contribution of teachers to society.