GK & Current Affairs!
Each year, Teacher’s Day is celebrated on the 5th of September in India. Teacher’s Day is celebrated to mark in honour of Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.
i.He was born on 5th September 1882 Tirutani in Andhra Pradesh.
ii.He became the first Vice President of India in 1952 and took on the role as the nation’s second President in 1962 until 1967.
iii.The first Teachers’ Day was celebrated in India in 1962. This is the year when Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan began serving as the second president of India.
iv.To celebrate his esteemed position, his students suggested that his birthday be celebrated as ‘Radhakrishnan Day’.
v.However, he declined this move and suggested that “Instead of celebrating my birthday, it would be my proud priviledge if September 5 is observed as Teachers’ Day.”
vi.He later served as the Vice Chancellor of both Andhra University and Banaras Hindu University.
vii.In 1939, he was elected Fellow of the British Academy.
viii.Radhakrishnan was awarded India’s highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna, in 1984 and the British Order of Merit in 1963.
ix.He passed away on April 17, 1975 and has till date been nominated eleven times for the Nobel Peace prize.
x.Teachers’ Day is celebrated to honour the memory of India’s first Vice President and to commemorate the importance of teachers in our lives.