Teacher’s Day celebrations are a big affair in India. It is a matter of great pride for every student to acknowledge the role of their teachers in life. Every year, the Teacher’s Day is celebrated on September 5 on the birth anniversary of Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. Born on 5th September 1888, the great Indian philosopher and teacher was the second President of the country. In a famous quote by Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, Teacher’s Day originated. The quote reads, “Instead of celebrating my birthday, it would be my proud privilege if 5 September is observed as Teachers’ Day.” He gave this suggestion to his students who insisted on celebrating his birthday. Hence, since 1962 Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan’s birthday has since been celebrated as Teachers’ Day in India.

Considered to be the one of greatest philosophers’ of the twentieth-century world has seen, Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan studied philosophy by chance. He played a significant role in not only bridging the gap between a home school of thoughts with the Western ideologies but also defended Hinduism against ‘uniformed Western criticism’.

He had a great career as a teacher at prestigious institutions. Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was appointed as a faculty member by the Department of Philosophy at Madras Presidency College. He also taught at the University of Calcutta, the University of Oxford, and the University of Mysore. Radhakrishnan later served as the Vice Chancellor of Banaras Hindu University in 1939. His life journey also saw a great run in politics. He became the second President of India and held office from 1962-1967. On the occasion of Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan’s 130th birth anniversary, we take a look at the golden words said by the former President and one of the greatest teachers of India.


Quote Reads: Instead of celebrating my birthday, it would be my proud privilege if 5 September is observed as Teachers’ Day.


Quote Reads: A literary genius, it is said, resembles all, though no one resembles him.


Quote Reads: Books are the means by which we build bridges between cultures.


Quote Reads: Man is a paradoxical being-the constant glory and scandal of this world.


Quote Reads: A life of joy and happiness is possible only on the basis of knowledge and science.


Quote Reads: Religion is behavior and not mere belief.


Quote Reads: God is the Soul of all souls – The Supreme Soul – The Supreme Consciousness.


Quote Reads: When we think we know, we cease to learn.


Quote Reads: The end-product of education should be a free creative man, who can battle against historical circumstances and adversities of nature.

“Teachers should be the best minds in the country,” were his famous words. After all, they are the ones who hold the power of shaping our future. Remembering the great teacher, philosopher and ideologist’ teachings on the day are the fitting way to honour his contributions. We hope the list of sayings by Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan helps in instilling a great learning foundation.