5 September: National Teachers Day
The National Teachers Day is observed every year on 5th September in India to commemorate birthday of country’s first Vice President and second President Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.
- To celebrate this day, various programmes were organised in schools and colleges throughout the country to honour of teachers who shaped the lives of students and showed them path of success.
- On this occasion, Environment Ministry launched Prakarti khoj, an environment awareness initiative. It is an online environmental quiz competition conducted at national level.
- The objective of quiz was to generate interest among school children about the science related to environment.
Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
- Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was born on 5 September 1888 in Thiruttani in then Madras Presidency of British India (now in Tamil Nadu).
- He was Indian philosopher and statesman and one of best known scholars in field of comparative religion and philosophy in India in 20th century.
- He had tremendously contributed towards new contemporary Hindu identity in eyes of the ill-informed Westeners.
- He held great respect for teachers and always believed that teachers are real nation builders and thus should always be the best minds in the country.
- He was the first Vice President of India (in office from 1952–1962), Second President of India (in office from 1962 to 1967).
- He was first recipient Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award along with politician C. Rajagopalachari, scientist C. V. Raman. He was also awarded British Royal Order of Merit (1963).
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