New Delhi | Jagran Lifestyle Desk: After parents, teachers are the most valuable figure in every child's life as he/she shapes the mind of a kid and enlighten them with great knowledge. Teachers put in their all efforts to teach their kids and sometimes go out of their way to make them understand the equation. The bond between students and teachers is full of respect. They not just teach but motivate, inspire and encourage the children to deal with challenges thrown by life.

Since youth is the future of the country, the role of a teacher becomes even more important as they aren't just moulding a person to be able to stand on their feet but also shaping a nation. Teachers have to fill many roles and their experience and compassion are what makes them good mentors. 

Why Teacher's Day is celebrated?

Said by Patricia Cross _ "The task of the excellent teacher is to stimulate 'apparently ordinary' people to unusual effort. The tough problem is not in identifying winners: it is making winners out of ordinary people."

Youth is the backbone of any country and teachers play an important role in giving shape and inner strength to students to become good citizens. Therefore, to dedicate a day to our mentors this day is celebrated in schools, colleges and various other institutes. 

Although World Teacher's Day, known as the International Teacher's Day falls on Oct 5th, in India, Teacher's Day is celebrated on  September 5th, since 1962 in the memory of Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.

Who was Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan? 

He was the first Vice President of India, the second President of India and also an ace philosopher. But above all, he was regarded as one of the greatest teachers of all time. Yes, he was considered as the most distinguished scholar who was honoured with several awards including Bharat Ratna which is India's highest civilian award. He believed that "teachers should be the best minds in the country".

Dr Radhakrishnan was born on September 5th, 1888 in Tirutani in a middle-class family. He was considered an incredible student as well as an exemplary teacher who dedicated his life to education. He was the one who wanted his birthday to be celebrated as Teacher's Day.

He had once said, "Instead of celebrating my birthday, it would be my proud privilege if September 5 is observed as Teacher's Day." Therefore, his birthday is celebrated as Teacher's Day since 1962.

Posted By: Sanyukta Baijal