Sir Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan whose birthday is celebrated as Teachers Day in IndiaSeptember 5, the birth anniversary of Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, the second President of India and a great teacher, is celebrated as the Teacher’s Day in India. When Dr. Radhakrishnan became the president of India in 1962, some of his students and friends approached him 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 Celebrations

In some countries, Teachers’ Days are intended to be special days for the appreciation of teachers. Some of them are holidays while others are celebrated during working days. Teacher’s Day in India is a tribute to the hard work that is put by the teacher all year long to educate a child.  Teachers and students report to school as usual but the usual activities and classes are replaced by activities of celebration, thanks and remembrance. At some schools on this day, the responsibility of teaching is taken up by the senior students as an appreciation for their teachers. They go to the junior classes, teach the subjects of their choice and try to maintain discipline as their teachers would have. In a lecture or two, the students and teachers interact in the auditorium and exchange messages of wisdom, knowledge and success. On this particular day, teachers are made to feel how important they really are, to the students who’ll become the citizens of tomorrow and hold the key to the future of the nation.

Who is a Teacher? What is Education?

This is a question that has been bothering me since my senior secondary certification days. Things aren’ better today, nor do I hold the hope that they’ll get better in the near future. This question bothers me because I don’t know the answer is false. I know and understand it well. But the said part is that those who implement education in India don’t understand it. The controllers of the Indian Education System don’t get it.

Who is a teacher? What is Education?
I’ll quote an excerpt from the Indian President, A.P.J Abdul Kalam’s address on the eve of Teachers’ Day in India , 2003.

…I am reminded of my childhood days when I was studying in 8th class at the age of 13. I had a teacher, Shri Siva Subramania Iyer. He was one of the very good teachers in our school. All of us loved to attend his class and hear him. One day he was teaching about a bird’s flight. He drew a diagram of a bird on the blackboard depicting the wings, tail and the body structure with the head. He explained how birds create the lift and fly. He also explained to us how they change direction while flying. For nearly 25 minutes he gave the lecture with various information such as lift, drag, how the birds fly in a formation of 10, 20 or 30. At the end of the class, he wanted to know whether we understood how birds fly. I said, I did not understand. When I said this, the teacher asked the other students whether they understood or not. Many students said that they also did not understand. He did not get upset by our response since he was a committed teacher.

Our teacher said that he would take all of us to the sea shore. That evening the whole class was at the sea shore of Rameswaram. We enjoyed the roaring sea waves knocking at the sandy hills in the pleasant evening. Birds were flying with sweet chirping voice. He showed the sea birds in formations of 10 to 20 numbers. We saw the marvelous formations of birds with a purpose and we were all amazed. He showed us the birds and asked us to see that when the birds fly, what they looked like. We saw the wings flapping. He asked us to look at the tail portion with the combination of flapping wings and twisting tail. We noticed closely and found that the birds in that condition flew in the direction they desired. Then he asked us a question, “Where the engine is and how it is powered”?

The bird is powered by its own life and the motivation of what it wants. All these things were explained to us within fifteen minutes. We all understood the dynamics from this practical example. How nice it was. Our teacher was a great teacher; he could give us a theoretical lesson coupled with a live practical example available in nature. This is real teaching. I am sure many of the teachers in schools and colleges will follow this example…

Teachers plant seeds of knowledge that grow forever

…In an integrated way it can be said, that any enlightened human being can be created by three unique characteristics. One is moral value system. That I got from my father the hard way. Secondly, the teacher becoming a role model. Not only does the student learn, but the teacher shapes his life with great dreams and aims. Finally, the education and learning process has to culminate in the creation of professional capability leading to confidence and will power to make a design, to make a product, to make a system, bravely combating many problems…

When we are kids, or we are young and wild, or old.. When we are watching the birds fly.. When we are sitting in the park listening to what the silent nature says.. Whether we are reading a news item in a newspaper or a blog post on the internet.. WE ARE ALWAYS LEARNING some thing or the other at all points of our life. I just wish all your teachers are so good and make you a better human being at each turn.

Happy Learning. Happy Teachers Day.

110 thoughts on “September 5, Teachers Day in India

  1. This is a very good, nice, interesting and heart touching post.In my opinion teachers are near to God, because they are the persons who tells the children about the god and everything in the world.


  2. Until this year, when my youngest just started high school, I considered myself a teacher. But I guess once we are parents we are forever teachers!

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  3. A teacher is someone who guides his/her student, motivates and then it urn empowers him or her as the case may be.

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  4. This is a great article. Teachers are not people who have you memorize things you’ll forget next week. They don’t necessarily work in a school. Teachers are those that implant knowledge which helps you grow as a person as we’ll as helps you learn the subject you are studying.

  5. India– home to more teachers of every kind than anywhere else on earth: I love it! I just can’t wait to go back every time I leave. It’s crazy and maddening, but I love the intensity and volubility of the people. On average, a country full of very sharp, friendly people. Imo the 21st century belongs to India.

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  6. I live in the USA and there is no teachers’day to my knowledge. I really think it’s important to emphasize appreciation for teachers because they really pave the way for the future of our children. Without good teachers, an otherwise well-mannered young one could lose interest in school and not progress in life.

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  7. I wish there could be a teachers´ day everywhere! They all work so hard and don´t get enough credit for what they have to do every day..both of my parents are teachers and I´m pretty sure they would love a day dedicated to their profession. Lesley

  8. I am sure teachers have a big responsibility to upbring a good generation which could contribute in a country’s development. I am not a teacher but I love to teach something to my son. Perhaps teaching is included in the basic instincts of a normal human being.

  9. Strange that we have teacher days on different dates in different countries 🙂
    I always liked to study so I remember mostly good teachers in my younger years.

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  10. Yea, i like the idea of a teachers day. It should be used to celebrate the good teachers. There are too few in todays society at least in america. For some reason the system doesn’t really put them out anymore. Good teachers made kids want to learn not force them to learn something they don’t care about.

  11. yeah, teaching is a very respectable profession, although they do not get much respect themselves…. and it is quite sad. teachers day is a great thing, although it does not help them much in terms of the stigma that they have attached

  12. I owe so much to my teachers. Several of them really had a big influence on my life even though I never would have shared that at the time. It’s got to be a tough job, but very rewarding.

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  13. Teacher’s Day is a great way to give respect to the people who are responsable for education. I feel teacher should get a lot of respect in our society. In my country, teachers get low salaries. And it is an indication that we don’t take the education seriously enough.

  14. Teachers have always inspired me, we don’t give them enough credit. I hate the fact that there are alot of children who disrespect them too.

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  15. My compliments and salutes to those senior students who took on the responsibility of teaching in appreciating their teachers on this special day. I think this is a very healthy practice for the kids as they will then be able to learn about responsibilities and also be able to appreciate the hard work that their teachers are doing. It’ll be extremely beneficial if this practice can also be extended to non-teacher’s day to create an environment for character and leadership development for the children.


  16. overall the teachers in germany get respected but there are some not respected. students should respect their teachers because they learn alot stuff for their teachers. Its nice to see a day of etacher in india , germany should have it too.

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  17. its nice to see the teachers have their own day in india, other contries should follow india and make an day of teachers too , i think evrybody should respect the teacher , they bring us the known we know today.

  18. the teachers are an important thing in our life, without them we woulnd’t learn how to learn something , they teach us like everything to learn later more and more. so it is nice to see they have an day of teacher in india.

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    1. Teacher’s Day is a great way to give respect to the people who are responsible for education. I feel teacher should get a lot of respect in our society. In my country, teachers get low salaries. And it is an indication that we don’t take the education seriously enough.Thanks

  19. Some teachers are great, some aren’t, as you grow up, you will learn, the higher education you get, they more to get sceptical about teacher and their abilities.

  20. We should remember them, our teachers and this kind of acknowledgment to what they have shared to us is just a great way to give them our gratitude.

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  21. Sometimes i think the teachers don’t get enough respect in our country, thats why i think should we make an day of teacher too, to give the teachers the respect they should get.

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  22. the teachers are an important thing in our life, without them we woulnd’t learn how to learn something , they teach us like everything to learn later more and more. so it is nice to see they have an day of teacher in india.

  23. A very good post buddy about the background of the teacher’s day .. although most of us Indians know about it but it is a good way of informing others about it .. great post.. keep going

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  24. Teachers usually forget their children but we students can remember them. That’s why this kind of event is an opportunity for us to give honor to those who have been so good (or even not so good) to us. They have done something on our overall being. Actually become a PHP programmer because of my teacher and I am thankful to him.

  25. I am a teacher and I liked the quote you added into the post. A good teacher keeps their patience and explores different ways to explain concepts to their students. I think teachers should be celebrated much more often than just one day a year.

    Nice post, i enjoyed reading it immensely.


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  26. Almost everyone can remember their favourite teacher from school, it’s normally someone we looked up to and respected. Good teachers are still essential for ensuring a good education for future generations.

    Sadly, in the UK at least, teaching is seen as a less and less attractive career (for many reasons) and the government is struggling to recruit good teachers.

    Nevertheless, Happy Teachers Day!

  27. Hi, this is a great post. Personally, I think Teacher’s Day should be every day. As an ESL teacher in southern Italy, I really try to make the differences in students’ lives today that will make them employable tomorrow. Hope every teacher has a Happy day every day, no matter where you are!

  28. I applaud all the teachers. Their work is really hard yet they usualy don’t get paid much even though it’s one of the most important functions in every country.

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