The first Vice President of India (1952–1962), Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, was born on 5th September 1888, which is celebrated as Teacher’s Day in India.
A noted Indian philosopher, academic, and statesman, Radhakrishnan was a distinguished twentieth-century scholar of comparative religion and philosophy. Having worked as a Professor in Madras Presidency College, University of Mysore, University of Calcutta and also the University of Oxford, he became the first Indian to hold a professorial chair at the University of Oxford.
Education was his utmost priority in life that made him win many awards in his life, including a knighthood in 1931, the Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award in India, in 1954, and honorary membership of the British Royal Order of Merit in 1963.
On his 132nd birthday aka the Indian Teacher’s Day, let’s remember all the beautiful things Dr. Radhakrishnan ever said about our educators and education system.
Books are the means by which we build bridges between cultures.
Teachers should be the best minds in the country.
When we think we know, we cease to learn.
A literary genius, it is said, resembles all, though no one resembles him.
True teachers are those who help us think for ourselves.
A life of joy and happiness is possible only on the basis of knowledge and science.
The end product of education should be a free creative man, who can battle against historical circumstances and adversities of nature.