PM Narendra Modi has asked us to share inspiring stories of your teacher This Teacher’s Day 5th September.
Happy Teachers Day! India salutes the dedication & commitment of all teachers, whose role in nation building is paramount. Narendra Modi
What is Teachers’ Day and When is celebrated in India?
Teachers’ Day is a day when we appreciate our esteemed teachers for the education and values they have imprinted on us. The date on which Teachers’ Day is celebrated varies from country to country. Teachers’ days in different countries are distinct from World Teachers’ Day, which is celebrated on 5 October.
In India we celebrate the birthday of Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan (5 September) since 1962) as Teachers’ Day.
Who was Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan?
Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan (5 September 1888 – 17 April 1975) was an Indian philosopher and statesman who was the first Vice President of India (1952–1962) and the second President of India from 1962 to 1967.
One of India’s most distinguished twentieth-century scholars of comparative religion and philosophy, 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).
He has been influential in shaping the understanding of Hinduism, in both India and the west, and earned a reputation as a bridge-builder between India and the West.
Text/ Message of PM Modi on 5th September ‘Teachers Day’
My dear countrymen, 5th September is ‘Teachers Day’. For many years, I have been spending a lot of time with students on Teachers Day and that too as a student myself. I used to learn quite a lot from those young children. For me, 5th September was Teachers Day as well as an Education Day. But, this time I have to leave for G-20 Summit and so felt in my heart that I should express my feelings in this regard in ‘Mann Ki Baat’ today.
In our life, a teacher holds the same place which a mother does. We have also seen such teachers who care more for their pupils than for themselves. They devote their lives for their disciples, their students. These days, after Rio Olympics, Pulela Gopi Chand ji is being talked about everywhere. He is a player first but he has set up a glorious example of what a good coach, that is, a teacher should be. I see Gopi Chand ji today as an excellent teacher besides being a very accomplished player. And, on Teachers Day, I salute Pulela Gopi Chand ji for his hard work, his dedication towards sports and his manner of finding happiness in the success of his disciples. We always feel the contribution of our teachers in our lives. 5th September happens to be the birthday of India’s former President Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan ji and the country celebrates this as Teachers Day. Whatever post he held in his life, he always tried to live like a teacher, an educator. Not only this, he always said that “a good teacher can only be one who keeps the student within always alive”. Dr. Radhakrishnan ji showed this by living as a teacher and by keeping alive the student within him despite holding the highest office of the President.
Some times when I think of it, I remember so many incidents related with my teachers because they were our heroes in our small village. However, I can happily say that even now I receive a hand written letter every month from one of my teachers, who has turned 90 now. In this letter, he mentions books read by him during that month along with quotations. He also gives his comments on what he deems correct or otherwise in whatever I have done during the month. It is as if he is, even now, teaching me in the class room. In a way, he is conducting a correspondence course for me even today. And, about his handwriting even at the age of 90, I marvel that he writes so beautifully whereas my own handwriting is very poor. That is why, whenever I look at somebody’s good handwriting, I have a great respect for it. You may also be having similar experience. If you tell the world about whatever good has happened in your life because of your teachers, people’s attitude towards teachers would change. It will be a matter of pride and it is our duty to enhance the honour of our teachers in the society. If you have a photograph with your teacher or an incident connected with your teacher or an inspirational thing associated with your teacher, please do share the same on NarendraModiApp. Looking at the contribution of teachers in the country from the point of view of students is also immensely valuable in itself.
This Teachers Day, share your inspiring stories, memories of your teacher with me: PM Shri Narendra Modi
President’s greetings on the eve of Teachers’ Day
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has greeted teachers throughout the country on the eve of Teachers’ Day.
In a message, the President has said, “On the occasion of Teachers’ Day, I have great pleasure in extending my greetings and felicitations to teachers throughout the country.
Teachers’ Day is an occasion when we recognise the dedicated services of the teachers of our nation, who are engaged in building and strengthening the intellectual and ethical foundations of our children.
A sound education system is the bedrock of an enlightened society. Inspired teachers are the building blocks of a good education system. An inspired teacher links the individual goals of the students to the societal and national goals. We need our teachers to instill in our children civilizational values of sacrifice, tolerance, pluralism, understanding and compassion. Our teachers also need to imbibe technology and new methodologies to create modern and effective approaches to teaching and learning.
I convey my good wishes to the entire teaching community of our country and express gratitude on behalf of the people of our nation for their lifetime of dedication and commitment to the great cause of educating our youth”.
Teachers Day 2016 Greetings, messages, SMS, Tweets
Happy #TeachersDay pic.twitter.com/jQdYYgv36T
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) September 5, 2016
Tributes to great teacher & scholar Dr #SarvepalliRadhakrishnan on #TeachersDay. Teachers are the agents of change pic.twitter.com/ZzAFaGbU9R
— Prakash Javadekar (@PrakashJavdekar) September 5, 2016
Tributes to Dr. S Radhakrishnan, a scholar, statesman & a respected teacher who shaped many minds & served India. https://t.co/def2x8xwIR
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 5, 2016
How has your teacher influenced you? Share your anecdote & read what many others have written about their teachers. https://t.co/TYuxNNJfIf
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 5, 2016