Why is Teacher's Day celebrated on September 5?

"Teachers should be the best minds in the country", 'The true teachers are those who help us think for ourselves.'- Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.

By Zee Media Bureau | Last Updated: Sep 05, 2017, 09:41 AM IST
Why is Teacher's Day celebrated on September 5?
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New Delhi: "Teachers should be the best minds in the country", 'The true teachers are those who help us think for ourselves.'- Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.
Teachers are the ones who protect us when we fall and who give us the most important lessons in life. Perhaps it is a small recognition of their contribution to the society that each year, on September 5, the nation celebrates Teacher's Day to honour our dear mentors.

In schools, the celebrations take place with full gusto as senior-most students dress up as teachers and go to junior classes to teach. 
With such celebrations taking place all around, it is important to know when and why was September 5, named as Teacher's Day.
In the year 1962, the first Teacher's Day was celebrated Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan began serving the nation as the second president. Wondering what is the connection between these two events?  

The answer is here - Dr. Sarvepalli had many achievements to his credit. As a teacher, he taught students at Calcutta University and Chennai's Presidency College from the years 1931- 1936. In the year 1936, he became the Spalding Professor of Eastern Religions and Ethics at Oxford, a position he retained for 16 years.

To celebrate his prestigious position as the second president of the nation, several students approached Dr. Radhakrishnan and suggested that his birthday should be celebrated as 'Radhakrishnan Day'.

But the benevolent teacher and Bharat Ratna said that it would be his privilege if his birthday, that is, September 5, is celebrated as 'Teacher's Day'.
It is from that day that September 5 has been dedicated to teachers and the entire nation salutes them for their contribution to the society.

Here's wishing A very Happy Teacher's Day to everyone!