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Teachers Day 2016


Teacher's Day Information
Teachers’ Day 2016 would be celebrated at Monday, on 5th of September.
Teachers’ Day of India: 5th September
A good teacher has greater influence in shaping the life of an individual even more than his/her parents. In our country’s culture, a teacher has been given a place above the almighty god. A good teacher’s proper guidance and support is very important in achieving one’s goal in life. Every successful individual always remembers the constructive role played by his/her teacher in their school-college days.
A teacher’s job is sometimes a thankless job; a teacher works in most honest way while performing his/ her duties towards shaping the careers of students, also apart from academics, other personal or extra-curricular activities of students are taken care of by him. A student can rely on his/her teacher for guidance on each and every aspect of his/her life; and a good teacher never disappoints his pupils.


Teachers’ Day is celebrated every year on 5th of September to honor and acknowledge the contribution made by countless numbers of teachers in helping and molding the careers of lakhs of students and in turn shaping the destiny of India.
In India 5th September is celebrated as Teaches' Day as a mark of tribute to the contribution made by teachers to the society. 5th September is the birthday of a great teacher Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, who was a staunch believer of education, and was the well-known diplomat, scholar, President of India and above all a Teacher.
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When Dr. Radhakrishnan became the President of India in 1962, he was approached by some of his students and friends and requested him to allow them to celebrate 5th September, his "Birthday". In reply, Dr.Radhakrishnan said, "Instead of celebrating my birthday separately, it would be my proud privilege  if September 5 is observed as Teachers' Day". The request showed Dr.Radhakrishnan's love for the teaching profession. From then onwards, the day has been observed as Teachers' Day in India.


Teachers Day Information & History


One of the most celebrated writers in the modern India today his work varies on philosophical, theological, ethical, educational, social and cultural subjects. He contributed numerous articles to different well-known journals, which, are of immense value and seems to surprise various readers because of the depth in the meaning of the articles.
Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was born in the year 1888 in a well-known religious state in Chennai, then called Madras. He was the second son of Veera Samayya, a tehsildar in a zamindari. It was a middle-class, respectable Hindu Brahmin family.
He graduated with a Master’s Degree in Arts from Madras University. In partial fulfillment for his M.A. degree, Radhakrishnan wrote a thesis on the ethics of the Vedanta titled “The Ethics of the Vedanta and Its Metaphysical Presuppositions”, which was a reply to the charge that the Vedanta system had no room for ethics.
The Origin of Teacher’s Day
Since 1962, 5th of September has been celebrated as Teacher’s Day in India. Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakhrishnan was a philosopher and a teacher par excellence. Some of his students and friends approached him and requested him to allow them to celebrate his birthday. In reply, Dr, Radhakrishnan said, “Instead of celebrating my birthday separately, it would be my proud privilege if September 5th is observed as Teacher’s day”. The request showed Dr.Radhakrishnan’s love for the teaching profession. From then onwards, his birthday is observed as Teacher’s Day in India.
What did he Do
He showed how western philosophers, despite all claims to objectivity, were biased by theological influences from their wider culture. In one of his major works he also showed that Indian philosophy, once translated into standard academic jargon, is worthy of being called philosophy by western standards. His main contribution to Indian thought, therefore, is that he placed it “on the map”, thereby earning Indian philosophy a respect that it had not had before.
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Dr. Radhakrishnan was of the opinion that only the right kind of education could solve many ills of the society and the country. He wanted to bring in a change in the educational system by improving the quality of education and building up a strong relationship between the teacher and the taught. In his opinion, teachers should be the best minds of the country; they should not merely instruct but should gain the true affection of pupils, and the respect for teachers cannot be ordered but it should be earned.
After 1946, his philosophical career was cut short when his country needed him as ambassador to UNESCO and later to Moscow. He was later to become the first Vice-President and finally the President (1962-1967) of India. He was awarded the Bharat Ratna in 1954. The University of Oxford instituted the Radhakrishnan Chevening Scholarships and the Radhakrishnan Memorial Award in his memory. He also received the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade in 1961.
Even as the president Sarvepalli remained a humble man. It was an open house at the Rashtrapati Bhavan and people from all sections of society were welcome to meet him. In addition he accepted only Rs. 2,500 out of his salary of Rs. 10,000 and donated the remaining amount to the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund every month. He remained a teacher in many ways and even adopted the authoritative tone of a headmaster in many of his letters to his ministers. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan passed away on April 17, 1975.


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Teachers mold the lives that they influence because the lessons learned from teachers remain with their students throughout life. We should always respect our teachers. Teachers need encouragement and support from the community to feel that their devotion to students is appreciated.

The day marks as a day of gratitude and respect to the selfless efforts of teachers. This day is also celebrated to honor Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, the great teacher, academic philosopher and India's Second President as he was born on the same day in 1888. Dr. Radhakrishnan was a strong supporter of education

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Teachers' Day is now one of the occasions that is looked forward by the teachers and students alike as on this occasion its not only when teachers are praised but also around various schools students dress up as a representation of their teachers and take various lectures that are assigned to the teachers they represent. As the day passes the students perform the regular activities that are performed by the teachers. On this day students realize what it means to be a teacher and what it means to control the future of several students in their classes and also teachers are reminded what it felt like when they were the students.

Apart from the fun aspect of the day it is also a day when one can look back, admire and get inspired by Dr. Radhakrishnan, a small town cunning boy, who grew up to become one of the most respected politicians in the history of democracy of India.
Origin of Teacher’s Day Celebration
The day was marked for the celebration as Teachers’ Day since 1962 in respect and deference of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan who was born on 5th September, 1988. Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was a great scholar, philosopher and teacher of modern India and was awarded the Bharat Ratna in 1954. He became the second President of India in 1962. Therefore it was only natural that his birth day would be celebrated to pay respect towards lakhs of unknown teachers across the country. It was his wish that instead of celebrating his birth day on 5th of September every year, it would be better to celebrate it as Teachers’ Day in whole of India.
India’s teacher’s day is different from the World Teacher Day which is celebrated on 5th of October every year in whole world.
Mode of Celebration:
On this day in every school of the country, students arrange and perform various types of cultural programs and activities as a token of love and respect towards their teachers. Outstanding teachers are also given prizes for their contribution in the development of schools and bringing good results from students.
Students also give personal gifts to their favorite teachers to express their affection and gratitude. A life-long bond is developed among teachers and students. Teachers also feel special as their hard work and honesty is recognized on this day.
Role of teachers in the making of a nation is most important and significant; therefore it is necessary that we pay our utmost respect and gratitude to them and celebrate 5th of September as a day of special teacher-student bonding.
Quotes on Teachers Day
A teacher plays great role in the student’s lives. Teachers are the real shapers of future of the students which can never be ignored. Teachers make their own lesson plan to make education more effective and interesting as well as facilitate students learning. Here we have listed some effective, inspiring, motivational and interesting quotes and quotations about teachers said by the famous and popular personalities all over the world. You can use such quotes to wish your teachers on their birthdays, teachers day or other special occasions.
“I feel blessed I can address students who are the future of India.” – Narendra Modi
“We must acknowledge the importance of teachers to the society.” – Narendra Modi
“Until teachers get their due it is difficult to bring about a change.” – Narendra Modi
“We must question why the smartest students don’t choose to become teachers.” – Narendra Modi
“When I went to a school in Japan, they told me that both the teachers and students perform cleaning tasks here to keep the schools clean. I wondered why can’t we do it in India.” – Narendra Modi
“As students I am sure you have several dreams. If you are determined to move ahead nothing can stop you. Our youth are talented.” – Narendra Modi
“India is a youthful nation. Can’t we think of exporting good teachers?” – Narendra Modi
“It’ easy to find information on Google guru but that’s not equal to gaining knowledge.” – Narendra Modi
“Both teachers and students must move ahead together for the nation to progress.” – Narendra Modi
“If you are determined nothing can stop you from determining your dreams.” – Narendra Modi
“If your education is not enough, experience will teach you lessons.” – Narendra Modi
“One should play and sweat. Life shouldn’t be bogged down by books.” – Narendra Modi
“Importance of technology is increasing every day, we must not deprive our children of technology, if we do then it’s a social crime.” – Narendra Modi
“Dr Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan served this country well, he did not celebrate his birthday, he celebrated it for teachers.” – Narendra Modi
“We want to make nation-building a people’s movement.” – Narendra Modi
“A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.” – Brad Henry
“One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.” – Carl Jung
“A good teacher, like a good entertainer first must hold his audience’s attention, then he can teach his lesson.” – John Henrik Clarke
“Education is the key to success in life, and teachers make a lasting impact in the lives of their students.” – Solomon Ortiz
“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” – Albert Einstein
“I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit.” – John Steinbeck
“You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul.” – Swami Vivekananda
“You can get help from teachers, but you are going to have to learn a lot by yourself, sitting alone in a room.” – Dr. Seuss
“Every child should have a caring adult in their lives. And that’s not always a biological parent or family member. It may be a friend or neighbor. Often times it is a teacher.” – Joe Manchin
“Good teachers know how to bring out the best in students.” – Charles Kuralt
“I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet, strange, I am ungrateful to those teachers.” – Khalil Gibran
“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” – Henry Adams
“Teachers can change lives with just the right mix of chalk and challenges.” – Joyce Meyer
“If I am walking with two other men, each of them will serve as my teacher. I will pick out the good points of the one and imitate them, and the bad points of the other and correct them in myself.” – Confucius
“The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.” – Mark Van Doren
“Teaching is the only major occupation of man for which we have not yet developed tools that make an average person capable of competence and performance. In teaching we rely on the ‘naturals,’ the ones who somehow know how to teach.” – Peter Drucker
“The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.” – C. S. Lewis
“The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called ‘truth’.” – Dan Rather
“One good teacher in a lifetime may sometimes change a delinquent into a solid citizen.” – Philip Wylie
“The average teacher explains complexity; the gifted teacher reveals simplicity.” – Robert Brault
“Teachers, I believe, are the most responsible and important members of society because their professional efforts affect the fate of the earth.” – Helen Caldicott
“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” – Albert Einstein
“Ideal teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross, then having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create bridges of their own.” – Nikos Kazantzakis
“A teacher who can arouse a feeling for one single good action, for one single good poem, accomplishes more than he who fills our memory with rows and rows of natural objects, classified with name and form.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” – Albert Einstein
“A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on cold iron.”- Horace Mann
“We discovered that education is not something which the teacher does, but that it is a natural process which develops spontaneously in the human being.” – Maria Montessori
“I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well.” – Alexander the Great
“You never stop learning. If you have a teacher, you never stop being a student.” – Elisabeth Rohm
“A good teacher is a determined person.” – Gilbert Highet
“I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework.” – Lily Tomlin
“Most of us end up with no more than five or six people who remember us. Teachers have thousands of people who remember them for the rest of their lives.” – Andy Rooney
“If you have to put someone on a pedestal, put teachers. They are society’s heroes.” – Guy Kawasaki
“In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something else.” – Lee Iacocca
“That is the difference between good teachers and great teachers: good teachers make the best of a pupil’s means; great teachers foresee a pupil’s ends.” – Maria Callas
“I was lucky that I met the right mentors and teachers at the right moment.” – James Levine
“The best teacher is the one who suggests rather than dogmatizes, and inspires his listener with the wish to teach himself.” – Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
“The best CEOs I know are teachers, and at the core of what they teach is strategy.” – Michael Porter
PM Modi’s Speech on Teachers Day 2015

As per the Media report: PM Modi has addressed mass of students on teachers day 2015 a day before the 5th of September means on 4th of September between 10am and 11.45am. He has given his speech a day before as 5th of September is a holiday in 2015 due to the Janmashtami festival.

He has interacted with the students all across the country on 4th of September in order to share some tips on public speaking. He answered the question of a student (“How have you achieved such mastery in oratory?”), who was very curious to know how the PM gives speeches without a script. PM Modi answered that “To be a good orator, you need to be a good listener. You need to listen with your eyes and your mind,”. He also motivated the students by saying that “Don’t worry about what people will say. Don’t be nervous. You should be confident,”.

He said that, what you want to say just write down “That will help you sharpen your speech,”. He also suggested students to take help from the Google and YouTube and said that “You are google guru vidyarthi (students) after all. If you see other speeches online, you will gain confidence,”.

He was also questioned by a student about leadership for which he answered that, “To be a leader, you should be attached to people. Their pain should give you sleepless nights,”. He urged students to think for, ”why they would want to become leaders”, “for happiness, elections or to solve problems.”
Controversy around PM Modi’s Teachers’ Day Speech on 5 September, 2014

Though the children of India have been celebrating Teacher’s Day as a day when they express their love and respect for their teachers and in turn teachers also show their affection for their pupils, but this year’s Teachers’ Day on 5th of September 2014 is in news for a reason other than a simple student-teacher event.

Teachers' Day. When he became the President of India, some of his students and friends requested him to allow them to celebrate his birthday, on September 5. He replied, "Instead of celebrating my birthday, it would be my proud privilege if September 5th is observed as Teachers' Day."

As per the directives of the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry all government and private schools across the country were asked by the Government to ensure and arrange for PM Narendra Modi’s live televised Teachers’ Day speech and interaction with school children at the Manekshaw Auditorium in Delhi.

The said directive also stated that schools will have to arrange for televisions, cable connections and projectors etc. so that students can also see the question-and-answer session which will be telecast live on Doordarshan between 3 pm to 4.45 pm.

Controversial Directive: 


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But the directive is being criticized by some schools and opposition parties on the ground that the school children cannot compulsorily be forced to remain in school till 5 pm to watch PM’s speech. Opposition parties are suggesting that the timing of speech should be changed to suit school hours so that small school children will not have to remain in school till evening.

Furthermore, another problem which is being faced by schools authorities is that at such short notice they are finding it difficult to arrange technical instruments needed for the live telecast of the Speech as all schools of the country are not well equipped with modern telecommunication instruments and infrastructure.

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One more question which is of significance is that whether school children can be asked to compulsorily watch and listen to PM’s speech. Though PM of the country has every right to address the students and children of the nation but making them listen to it compulsorily seems unwarranted.
For instance, when PM makes his speech to the nation on 15th of August or on 26th January every year, it is not compulsory for anyone to listen to it and everyone is at his or her liberty to either listen to it or not. Then why Teachers’ day speech of the PM is being made compulsory for school children across the country?



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Hopefully, the controversies around Teachers’ Day will not affect the auspiciousness of the day which is being celebrated every year on 5th of September in the memory of a great educationist and scholar President Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan and the sanctity and usefulness of Teacher’s Day will not be marred in pointless political controversies.
It would be better if Teachers’ Day remains as a day of Teacher-Student bonding of love and respect as it has always been.

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