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05 September,2021  |  By Brainwonders

Teacher's day

Significance of Teacher’s Day.

Teachers are the nation's backbone.

Whatever we become in life is due to a teacher's guidance and affection for us for giving us a better direction.

A teacher is always willing to give without expecting anything in return.

Every year, on September 5th in India, National Teacher’s Day is marked to honour those teachers who give their expertise selflessly for the advancement of our community.  This day is celebrated to mark the birth anniversary of Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.

This Teacher’s Day, let us look at The Guru-Shishya relationship that has changed over time :

A guru has always held a position of supremacy in India. The story of Eklavya (a character from Mahabharata) symbolizes excellent discipleship throughout the ages.

The guru or instructor is like a sculptor who shapes a student's life. The parents have complete faith in the teacher. The child's development is focused on every domain of life under their guidance.

The most significant distinction between schooling back in those times and now is that education has evolved more into a continuous development process. Yes, this was true even in ancient times, but education was a privilege to a specific segment of society at the time. However, today we advocate education for all age groups, including regional and cultural.

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Remembering the story of Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan on this National Teacher’s Day.

Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan is a former Indian president who served as the country's first vice president and second president.

He was born in Thiruttani, a tiny town in Tamil Nadu, on September 5, 1888.

He was one of India's most well-known scholars of the twentieth century. And he also taught at a number of Indian and international colleges.

Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan had faith in the Teachers since he considered them to be the brightest minds in the country.

A lot of his students requested him to allow them to celebrate his birthday on September 5th., after his election as the president of India.

In response, he stated that instead of celebrating his birthday on September 5th, he would be honoured if the day was designated as National Teacher's Day. Since then, his birthday has been observed in India as National Teacher's Day.

5 Reasons to remember Dr Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan :

  1. Dr Radhakrishnan helped us gain a new perspective on Indian philosophy Leton the world map. He also asserted that in the Western world, Indian philosophy is worthy of the label "philosophy."
  1. His first work was about Rabindranath Tagore's philosophy. Tagore's worldview, he believed, was the true incarnation of the Indian spirit.
  1. In 1954, he received the prestigious Bharat Ratna award.
  1. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan represented India at the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) after independence, and afterwards served as India's Ambassador to the Soviet Union.
  1. During his tenure as Vice President, he was then in charge of Rajya Sabha(upper house). Whenever a heated argument would take place, he would recite Shlokas from Sanskrit classics or quotes from the Bible to calm the crowd.

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Let's talk about some inspiring stories of teachers that led us as frontline workers amid the pandemics.

  1. In major cities, digital classes have grown extremely popular. However many people cannot afford online classrooms. Faced with this problem, six teachers in Bakshi-ka-Talab, a district outside of Lucknow, found a unique solution: WhatsApp class, that is the classes, which are conducted via videos, photographs of assignments, and interactive sessions, attracted 500 kids from 60 communities in the block.
  2. Fearing a high drop-out rate as a result of the school shutdown, the Gajalpur government school in West Bengal partnered with the Block Development Officer (BDO) and arranged for classes to be broadcast through loudspeakers.
  3. During the COVID-19 lockdown, history teacher Subrata Pati relocated from Kolkata to his hometown in West Bengal. He had not quit his profession as a teacher and continued to teach online lessons through his phone. He started to teach from the top of the Neem tree where the signal is strong.

Honouring The Heroes Of National Teachers Awards 2021, on the Teacher’s Day.

On 5th September 2021, President Ram Nath Kovind will present the National Teachers Awards to the teachers for their outstanding and distinctive contributions to the field of education.

A few National Teachers Awards  recipients are as follows:

Mamta Paliwal, GGSSS Bhiwani, Haryana
Sanjeev Kumar Sharma Government Primary School Jammu and Kashmir.
Muhammad Ali Government Middle school Ladakh.
Vipin Kumar Rajkiya Pratibha Vikas Vidyalaya, Delhi
Tripti Mahur Government Girls Inter College, U.P

...and 39 more teachers will receive the prestigious awards given by the President on Teacher’s Day.

It would not be incorrect to say that one-on-one teacher-pupil connections are dwindling with the passage of time. However, the traditional relationship will never be replaced. 

On this Teacher’s Day, we thank all the teachers for their dedication, hard work in educating future generations. We would also like to thank parents, who are the first teachers in any society.

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