Teachers’ Day: Know all about Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
The guru-shishya parampara is the hallmark of imparting knowledge in India. Teachers are respected and treated like parents, in many scriptures teachers are even compared with Gods. We celebrate Teachers’ Day on September 5 every year to honour the life of Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. Let’s know more about him
Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was born on September 5, 1888, in a middle class family in Thiruthani, Tamil Nadu. He was an outstanding student and studied philosophy at Christian College, Madras.
As an educationist, he was an advocate of edification and was a distinguished envoy, academician, and above all a great teacher.
He was appointed as the Vice-Chancellor of Andhra University, Delhi University as well as Banaras Hindu University.
Dr Radhakrishnan was the first Indian to hold a chair at the University of Oxford – the Spalding Professor of Eastern Religion and Ethics (1936-1952).
In 1930, he was appointed Haskell lecturer in Comparative Religion at the University of Chicago.
Dr Radhakrishnan led the Indian delegation to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and was elected chairman of UNESCO’s executive board in 1948.
Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was awarded the Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian honour in the country in 1954.
Dr Radhakrishnan was the first Vice President, and second President of independent India, and in 1962, the year when Dr Radhakrishnan assumed the Presidential office, the first ever Teachers’ Day was celebrated.