Today, On 5th September, India celebrates Teacher’s day as a token of gratitude. This special day is for appreciating teachers and include celebrations as an honor for their special contributions in the particular field area.
In India, teachers have been relief from the duties for a day. Also, students of higher classes dress them according to their favorite teacher and monitor the class for a day. Teachers enjoy their day by celebrating it in their own way.
The primary reason of celebrating this day is the birthday of Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.
Radhakrishnan was one of the great philosopher and was the first Vice President of India and second President of India.
He was born on 5th September 1888, in a Telugu speaking , Brahmin family in Madras. He has got this Sarvepalli as his surname from his forefathers. His primary education was at KV High School at Thiruttani. In 1986, he moved to the Hermansburg Evangelical Lutheran Mission School in Tirupati and Government Higher Secondary School, Walajapet. He has got many scholarships throughout his academic life.
At the age of 16, Sarvepalli married Sivakamu and it was an arranged concept. They had five daughters and a son, Sarvepalli Gopal.
Radhakrishnan was awarded with several high awards in his life, the Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award in India, in 1954, and honorary membership of the British Royal Order of Merit in 1963. He was also one of the founders of Helpage India, a non profit organization for elderly underprivileged in India. Radhakrishnan believed that “teachers should be the best minds in the country”. India is celebrating is his birthday as teacher’s day since 1962.