Why do we celebrate Teachers’ Day on 5th September?
Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was the first Vice-President of India and second President of India. He once said, “teachers should be the best minds in the country”.
When he became the President, some of his students and friends requested him to allow them to celebrate his birthday. He replied, “Instead of celebrating my birthday, it would be my proud privilege if September 5th is observed as Teachers’ Day”.
Here are five inspiring teachers from India
Dronacharya played an important and key role in the Mahabharata. Drona was the guru of the Kauravas and the Pandavas in training for warfare and archery.The elaborate training regimen of the Pandava and Kaurava princes under the watchful eyes of their mentor Dronacharya is the earliest example of the “guru-shishya”, or teacher-student bond.
Vasoo Paranjape is often termed as the ‘Cricket-Drona’, who left a defining impact on the game, shaping the careers of some of Indian cricket’s greatest figures including Gavaskar, Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Rohit Sharma. Gavaskar in his book ‘Sunny Days’ had spoken about the kind of impact Paranjpe had on him during his days at Dadar Union. In fact, Gavaskar’s famous nickname ‘Sunny’ was given by Paranjpe.
Pullela Gopichand made our country proud when he became only the second Indian to win the prestigious All England men’s singles badminton championship. However, his efforts after becoming the coach of the national team and opening his academy have had an even greater impact on the young shuttlers of the nation. Players such as Saina Nehwal, P.V. Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth and Parupalli Kashyap, among many others, have trained under Gopichand and brought in many medals.
Anand Kumar is the man who began the “Super 30”, which is an incredible initiative to prepare economically backward students for the the entrance examination for the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). Word of his initiative has spread all around the world, showing that given the right guidance, students can excel to unimaginable heights.
At 16-years-old, Babar Ali is often considered to be the youngest headmaster in the world. He’s a teenager who is in-charge of teaching hundreds of students in his family’s backyard, where he runs classes for poor children from his village. The story of this young man from Murshidabad, West Bengal is a remarkable tale of the desire to learn amid the direst poverty.