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.
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.