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Teachers’ Day 2020: Remembering Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan Birth Anniversary: Tributes are pouring in on Twitter on the birth anniversary of Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan today. The former president’s birth anniversary is observed as Teachers’ Day in India. Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was a philosopher, scholar and politician who dedicated his life towards education and the youth of the country. “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 the country, in honour of Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.

Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was born on September 5, 1888, in a middle class family in Thiruthani, Tamil Nadu. Dr Radhakrishnan taught at various colleges – from University of Mysore to University of Calcutta and was also the Vice-Chancellor of Andhra University, Delhi University as well as Banaras Hindu University. He was the first Indian to hold a chair at the University of Oxford – the Spalding Professor of Eastern Religion and Ethics (1936-1952).

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter and wrote: “We remain grateful to the hardworking teachers for their contributions towards shaping minds and building our nation. On Teachers Day, we express gratitude to our teachers for their remarkable efforts. We pay tributes to Dr. S. Radhakrishnan on his Jayanti.”

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