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Teacher’s Day Special: Unknown Facts about Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

Since 1962, September 5 has been Teachers' Day, honouring Radhakrishnan's dedication to education and pupils

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INDIA: Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, an Indian philosopher, statesman, and academic, served as the second President of India (1962-1967) and the first Vice President (1952-1962). His significant contributions to Indian and global thought were significant in philosophy and education.

Radhakrishnan encouraged young people to advance in their studies to make a difference. Since 1962, September 5 has been Teachers’ Day, honouring Radhakrishnan’s dedication to education and pupils. 

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Students should recognise their instructors, role models, and life mentors on this day, which schools and organisations with extracurricular events like poems, skits, speeches, and inventive programs celebrate. This day is significant in students’ lives.

On this special day for teachers, we provide some fascinating information about Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan:

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● Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan served as India’s first vice president from 1952 to 1962 and as its second president from 1962 to 1967.

● His pupils drove him in a floral-decorated carriage to the train station when he left Mysore University to enrol at the University of Calcutta.

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● He also served as vice chancellor at Benaras Hindu University (1939–1948) and Andhra University (1931–1936). 

● Oxford University established the Radhakrishnan Memorial Award and Radhakrishnan Chevening Scholarships in his honour.

● Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, a British Academy Fellow in 1938, was awarded the Bharat Ratna in 1954. He bagged the Templeton Prize in 1975, which he generously donated to Oxford University.

● Radhakrishnan served as India’s representative at UNESCO after that country gained independence in 1947. From 1949 to 1952, he served as India’s ambassador to the Soviet Union.

“The Philosophy of Rabindranath Tagore” was the title of Radhakrishnan’s debut book. Radhakrishnan considered Tagore’s philosophy to be the “genuine manifestation of the Indian spirit.”

● The Spirit of Abheda, Advaita Vedanta, helped him attain enlightenment. He also earned the Knight Bachelor title, which was discontinued in 1947 after India gained independence.

Also Read: Guru Rabindranath Tagore: The Literary Giant and Nobel Laureate Who Shaped Indian Culture


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