Interesting facts about Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan on Teacher’s Day
Teacher’s Day 2019: Dr. Radhakrishnan was born on September 5, 1888 in Tirrutani, a town in Tamil Nadu. He grew up to be a great teacher and was respected a lot by his studentsUpdated: Sep 05, 2019 12:19 IST
Each year on September 5, we celebrate the birth anniversary of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan as Teacher’s Day. He was a great teacher and India’s second President.
Dr. Radhakrishnan was born on September 5, 1888 in Tirrutani, a town in Tamil Nadu. He grew up to be a great teacher and was respected a lot by his students. When he became the President of India, some of his students met him, asking for his consent to commemorate his birthday with a celebration; however, he said that he would feel proud if September 5 is celebrated as Teacher’s Day.
On Teacher’s Day, we tell you some interesting facts about this great human being:
1. Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was the first Vice President of India from 1952-1962 and the second President of India from 1962-1967.
2. When he was leaving Mysore University to join the University of Calcutta, his students took him from Mysore University to the station in a carriage which had been decorated with flowers.
3. He had also held the position of Vice Chancellor at Andhra University (1931-1936) and Benaras Hindu University (1939-1948). At Delhi University he was the Chancellor from 1953-1962.
4. As Vice President, he had to preside over the Rajya Sabha sessions. If debates seemed to be getting out of hand, he was known to intervene by quoting Sanskrit slokas to calm everyone.
5. Dr. Radhakrishnan was appointed a Knight Bachelor in 1931.
6. Dr. Radhakrishnan was elected Fellow of the British Academy in 1938 and the Bharat Ratna in 1954.
7. He received the Templeton Prize in 1975 and donated the full amount to Oxford University.
8. In his memory, the Oxford University started the Radhakrishnan Chevening Scholarships and the Radhakrishnan Memorial Award.