Several countries in the world celebrate Teachers’ Day that’s especially earmarked as a singular day to honor teachers. The intent is to make this a day of admiration for teachers who play an indelible part in lives of countless students. Also, the day is in recognition of upholding their contributions in lives of students and a day offering them due regard from the entire community. Different countries celebrate Teachers Day on different dates. However World Teachers’ Day is officially celebrated all across the world on October 5.
Since 1962 India has been celebrating Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan’s birthday on September 5 as Teacher’s Day. A staunch supporter of Hindu culture Dr Radhakrishnan took pride in Indian traditions, the Guru-Shishya parampara being notably one of them. When he became the President, some of his students and friends requested him to allow them to celebrate his birthday on 5 September, to which he replied, “Instead of celebrating my birthday, it would be my proud privilege if 5 September is observed as Teachers’ Day.” Since then his birthday has been celebrated as Teachers’ Day all over India.
Vidya Shikshan Prasarak Mandal (VSPM) which is HERD Foundation’s parent body has been proudly celebrating Teachers Day in all of its educational institutes and schools. The genesis of VSPM had in fact begun with initiating school education which our visionary forefathers had seen as the roadmap for outreach of growth and development in the region. It is therefore fitting and in order that we honor our founding fathers. They stand tall for us as always, as we see their ground work spreading forth in all directions.
This is also the day to remember Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan and offer our regards to this doyen of Indian philosophy who was one the greatest statesman of our country. Vice-President of India from 1952–1962 and the second President of India from 1962 to 1967, Dr Radhakrishnan is certainly a most influential twentieth-century scholar. His academic appointments included the King George V Chair of Mental and Moral Science at the University of Calcutta (1921–1932) and Spalding Professor of Eastern Religion and Ethics at University of Oxford (1936–1952).
Dr Radhakrishnan was honored with commendable awards during his life, including the Bharat Ratna, highest civilian award in India that was given to him in 1954. It was his firm belief that “teachers should be the best minds in the country”. This day therefore marks special celebrations conducted by educational institutes to honor him and to encourage the contribution of teachers to society. Teachers play an important role in overall development and they influence a student’s life in remarkable ways. For students it is a day of gratitude, appreciation and regard for teachers who contribute for their future wellbeing. HERD Foundation wishes all teachers respect and salutations for their selfless efforts.