President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have greeted teachers on Teachers’ Day. The Vice President will confer the National Award to Teachers 2016 in New Delhi to give public recognition to meritorious teachers working in primary, middle and secondary schools across the country.
The significance of the day lies in the birthday of one of India’s most famous and revered teachers, Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan – a celebrated academic. He taught at Chennai’s Presidency College and Calcutta University. In 1962 Dr Radhakrishnan, who was the first Vice President of independent India, became the second President of India.
It is said that Dr Radhakrishnan’s students were keen to celebrate his birthday. However, he suggested instead of celebrating his birthday, it would be his “proud privilege” if the day was observed as Teacher’s Day instead. Since then students across India celebrate the day wishing their dear teachers today. Social media platforms are flooded with tributes to teachers. Some stick to traditional methods and buy gifts like greeting cards, hand-made presents.
Google doodle paid tribute to the birth anniversary of Dr Radhakrishnan. The doodle shows a tiny teacher holding a book and teaching her pupils various subjects. The backgrounds keep changing reflecting various subjects.