All You Need To Know About Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan: Teachers Day Special

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Throughout India, Teachers' Day is celebrated on September 5 in every school and college where generally the students give heartfelt tributes to their teachers and thank them for everything they do for us.
Throughout India, Teachers' Day is celebrated on September 5 in every school and college where generally the students give heartfelt tributes to their teachers and thank them for everything they do for us.

The teacher is a friend, philosopher, and guide who influences us greatly right from our childhood till our adult life. From school to university, our teachers are there with us along the way to nurture us and help us through many a decisions. Throughout India, Teachers’ Day is celebrated on September 5 in every school and college where generally the students give heartfelt tributes to their teachers and thank them for everything they do for us.

This tradition started from 1962 and it was started to honour Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. His birth anniversary is September 5. He was a philosopher, scholar, an exemplary teacher, and politician and his dedicated work towards education shaped up the youth of the country. He was also the first Vice-President of India and the second President of India.

Dr. Radhakrishnan was born on September 5, 1888, in a middle class family in Tirutani. He was an outstanding student and studied philosophy at Christian College, Madras. He taught at various colleges in his lifetime from University of Mysore to University of Calcutta. He was also appointed as the Vice-Chancellor of Andhra University, Delhi University as well as Banaras Hindu University.

He was awarded the Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian honour in the country in 1954. Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was nominated 27 times for the Nobel Prize; sixteen times for the Nobel Prize in literature, and eleven times for the Nobel Peace prize.

  1. H. N. Spalding, who had also listened to Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan’s lectures in London, was so fascinated by their content and his personality that he found a chair at Oxford for Eastern Religions and Ethics. The Chair, established in 1936 was offered to Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.
  2. He also held the position of Vice Chancellor at Andhra University (1931-1936)and Benaras hindu University (1939-1948).
  3. He was also the Chancellor at Delhi University (1953-1962).
  4. When he was  Vice- President, Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan had to preside over the Rajya Sabha (Upper House) sessions. Often, during heated debates, Radhakrishnan would intervene with slokas from the Sanskrit to calm the charged atmosphere.
  5. Along with Ghanshyam Das Birla and some other social workers in the pre-independence era, Radhakrishnan formed the Krishnarpan Charity Trust.

  1. He Was appointed a Knight Bachelor in 1931.Was Elected Fellow of the British Academy in 1938.Was awarded the Bharat Ratna in 1954.
  2. Received the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade in 1961.Was awarded the Templeton Prize in 1975, a few months before his death. He donated the entire amount of the Templeton Prize to Oxford University.

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