The awards were instituted in 1958 to give public recognition to outstanding teachers working in primary, middle and secondary schools.
It is the day that Indians honour the teachers for their immense contribution to the country and the community.
Dr Radhakrishnan, who was an Indian philosopher and statesman, was the first Vice President of India (1952-1962) and the second President of India from 1962 to 1967.
Dr Radhakhrishnan believed that teachers should be the best minds in the country. Since 1962, his birthday is celebrated in India as Teachers' Day on September 5.