Teachers' Day 2021: Unknown Facts About Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

Teachers' Day 2021: In India, Teachers' Day is celebrated on September 5, the birth anniversary of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, an outstanding teacher and scholar.

Teachers' Day 2021: Unknown Facts About Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

India celebrates Teachers' Day for students across the country on September 5th every year. The day is celebrated to mark the birth anniversary of India's First Vice President, Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.

He was also the second President of India - a post he held from 1962 to 1967. A symbol of academics and education, Radhakrishnan was a renowned philosopher, statesman, and teacher. Dr. Radhakrishnan is known to be one of the greatest thinkers of the 20th century as well as for introducing Western philosophies into Indian society.

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"Instead of celebrating my birthday, it would be my proud privilege if September 5 is observed as Teachers' Day," Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan had said, and the tradition of celebrating Teachers' Day started from 1962 in India, in honour Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan and all the teachers.

Since we are celebrating Teachers' Day today, here are amazing facts about Radhakrishnan.

Teachers' Day 2020: Know about Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

  1. Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was born on September 5, 1888, in a middle-class family in Thiruthani, Tamil Nadu
  2. He was an outstanding student and studied philosophy at Christian College, Madras
  3. Dr Radhakrishnan taught at various colleges - from University of Mysore to University of Calcutta
  4. He was appointed as the Vice-Chancellor of Andhra University, Delhi University as well as Banaras Hindu University
  5. 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)
  6. In 1930, he was appointed Haskell lecturer in Comparative Religion at the University of Chicago
  7. 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
  8. Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was awarded the Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian honour in the country in 1954
  9. His works include Indian Philosophy, (1923-27), The Philosophy of the Upanishads (1924), An Idealist View of Life (1932), Eastern Religions and Western Thought (1939), and East and West: Some Reflections (1955)
  10. Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan died on April 16, 1975 in Chennai

We cannot forget such a humble man who devoted his whole life to promoting the value of education and also gave Indians a new sense of esteem by graciously interpreting Indian thought in Western terms.

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