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September 5: National Teacher’s Day

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National Teacher’s Day: Every year on September 5, India celebrates National Teachers’ Day to mark the birth anniversary of India’s first Vice President and second President, Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.

  • He was a renowned philosopher, scholar, teacher and politician.
  • His contribution to shaping India’s education is immense.
  • It is a day to honour, recognize and celebrate the teachers in our lives and express our gratitude for their guidance and influence.

Teachers’Day 2021:

President Ram Nath Kovind on 5th September 2021 presented National Awards to 44 teachers from all over the country.

  • On this occasion, Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan also conferred AICTE- Visvesvaraya Best Teacher Award on 17 faculty members in Engineering and Technology at a function in New Delhi.
  • Three faculty members were awarded the AICTE-Dr. Pritam Singh Best Teacher Award in Management Education.
  • The Minister also conferred Chhatra Vishwakarma Award and Clean and Smart Campus Award, 2020 to the selected institutions.

History of Teacher’s Day:

  • Teachers’ Day is marked on the birthday of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.
  • In 1962, when he took the office of the President of India, his students approached him to seek permission to celebrate September 5 as a special day.
  • He instead asked them to observe this day as Teacher’s Day, to recognize the contribution of teachers to the society.
  • Ever since, Teacher’s Day has been celebrated across schools, colleges, universities and educational institutions.

Significance of this day:

  • The day holds significance, as students across all educational institutions show gratitude and honour to all their teachers and mentors.
  • Teachers are also recognized for their unspoken contribution to the development of society. Schools also pay tribute to Dr. Radhakrishnan.

When is World Teacher’s Day?

  • World Teachers’ Day is held annually on October 5 since the first observation way back in 1994.

History of World Teachers’ Day:

  • This holiday marks the anniversary of the adoption of the 1966 UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers.
  • It sets standards regarding the rights and responsibilities of teachers for their initial preparation, further education, recruitment, employment, and learning conditions.

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