Search engine Google on Saturday celebrated Teachers’ Day with an animated doodle.
Teachers’ Day is celebrated in India to commemorate the birth anniversary of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, the second President of India who was also an academician and a philosopher.
Celebrating the teacher
Born in a small town of Madras Presidency to a poor Telugu family on September 5, 1888, Dr. Radhakrishnan was an intelligent and diligent student, who was awarded scholarships and accolades throughout his student life. He graduated from Madras Christian College with a degree in Philosophy and his thesis was published when he was only 20 years old. In 1918, Dr. Radhakrishnan was selected as Professor of Philosophy by the University of Mysore.
He became the Principal of Harris Manchester College and later, in 1931, was knighted by George V for his services to education. He did not use the title but chose to be addressed by his academic title of Doctor.
He was greatly admired and loved as a teacher, and Dr. Radhakrishnan’s students approached him after he became President, with the request to celebrate his birthday, September 5. He replied that it would be his proud privilege if instead of just as his birthday, September 5 was observed as Teachers’ Day in the country.
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