“When we think we learn we cease to know” was famously said by India’s greatest teacher Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. Born on September, 5, 1888, Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was India's first vice president and second president. He was a great scholar, philosopher and was also awarded many laurels like the Bharat Ratna award. He served our country in many capacities.
It is said that Dr. Radhakrishnan's students approached him and were keen to celebrate his birthday. However, he suggested instead of celebrating his birthday, it would be his privilege to observe September 5 as "Teachers’ Day,” in order to recognize the contribution of teachers to the society. This is the reason why in India it is observed on September 5, even though World Teachers’ Day falls on October 5.
Dr. Radhakrishnan taught at Chennai's Presidency College and Calcutta University. He even served as Vice-Chancellor of Andhra University from 1931 to 1936. In 1936, Dr Radhakrishnan was invited to fill the Chair of Spalding Professor of Eastern Religions and Ethics at Oxford which he retained for 16 years.
After our parents, it is our teachers who create a strong impact in our lives. At every stage of our life, the importance of this day evolves but it never really diminishes. Our appreciation and love for our teachers only grows. We learn the value of patience and hard work from our teachers. It’s no secret that hard work pays off in one’s life. A good teacher also teaches us to be mindful of the changes that may occur in our life. Moreover, they believe in us and give us strength to carry forward in our work and in our life ahead.
Despite the fact that more than a few decades have passed by, the importance of this day is still the same and students across India celebrates it with the same deal and enthusiasm and they don’t miss to appreciate and respect their teachers.