New Delhi | Jagran Lifestyle Desk: Every year, people across India celebrate Teacher’s Day on September 5 to acknowledge the contribution of teachers in shaping their lives. Teacher’s Day is celebrated across the world on different days of the year. In India, we celebrate this on the birth anniversary of former President of the country Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan who is considered one of the greatest teachers of the country. The former President, who was one of India’s most distinguished scholar, believed that “teachers should be the best minds in the country”.   

History of Teacher’s Day in India

World Teacher’s Day is celebrated on October 5 to facilitate the teachers for their contribution to shaping students' life. But, this day is celebrated on September 5 in India every year to mark the birth anniversary of India’s second President, Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. It is believed that some Dr Radhakrishnan’s friends and students visited him and requested to celebrate his birthday after he became the President of India. To which, the former President said that he would be highly obliged if 5th September would rather celebrate as Teacher’s Day. Since then, India has observed this day as Teacher’s Day.

Significance

The teachers and great mentors are responsible for the development of the children. India is a country of youth and to give them direction, teachers play a pivotal role. Teacher’s Day is celebrated to mark the hardships and constant dedication of teachers who guided many students in his lifetime.

Importance

India scriptures narrated us the stories of a great teacher, which include, Chanakya, APJ Abdul Kalam, Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, Savitribai Phule, Swami Vivekananda and many more. These teachers transformed their students into new aspirations, they gave India new motives, directions, thoughts and way of living. Educationists like Savitribai Phule fought for female education in the country. They developed a sense of Right to Education and ignite the education system in the country.

Posted By: Srishti Goel