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Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan | Teachers’ Day 2021: Interesting facts about Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

A symbol of academics and education, Radhakrishnan was a renowned philosopher, statesman as well as a teacher. He is remembered for being one of the greatest thinkers of the 20th century. He was the one who introduced western philosophies into Indian society. On his birthday, we share with you some interesting facts about Radhakrishnan.

Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan is considered one of the greatest philosophers in Indian history.

He did his schooling at Tirupati and went to Vellore for higher studies.

He pursued philosophy from the Christian College in Madras, now known as Chennai.

He was a professor of philosophy at Madras Presidency College. He was also teaching philosophy at the University of Mysore.

In 1952, he became the vice president of India.

In the year 1962, he became the second president of India and served his duties till the year 1967.

He was also nominated 16 times for the Nobel Prize in Literature and nearly 11 times for the Nobel Peace Prize.

In the year 1948, Radhakrishnan was elected chairman of UNESCO’s executive board.

Few of his works include Gautama the Buddha, India and China, Philosophy of Rabindranath Tagore, Reign of Religion in Contemporary Philosophy among others.

One time when some of his students requested him to allow them to celebrate his birthday, he asked them to observe his birthday as Teachers’ Day and since then on September 5, school and universities celebrate Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan’s birthday as Teachers’ Day.

From 1931-1936, he was the Vice-Chancellor at Andhra University, and from 1939-1948, he was the Vice-Chancellor at Banaras Hindu University. And at Delhi University, he was the Chancellor from 1953-1962.

Along with his work, he encouraged the youth to participate in shaping the world and use the power of education to grow.

The first book Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan wrote was about the philosophy of Rabindranath Tagore.

He did his M.A in Philosophy because his cousin had just graduated in philosophy and he gave Radhakrishnan free textbooks.His father wanted him to be a priest when he grew up.

He couldn’t afford the expenses of his education. Radhakrishnan pursued his entire academic career with the help of scholarship.

Few of his works include Gautama the Buddha, India and China, Philosophy of Rabindranath Tagore, Reign of Religion in Contemporary Philosophy among others.

Oxford University started the Radhakrishnan Chevening Scholarships and the Radhakrishnan Memorial Award.

Since 1962, Teachers’ Day in India is celebrated on 5 September every year to pay tribute to Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan on his birth anniversary.

He accepted only Rs 2500 out of Rs 10,000 salary and the remaining amount was donated to the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund every month during his tenure as the President of India.

Radhakrishnan was always admired and respected by his students. In the year 1921, his students decided to arrange for a flower-decked carriage when he was on his way from Mysore University to Mysore railway station.

During his tenure as the Vice President of India, he was in charge of the Rajya Sabha sessions. During heated arguments between the parties, he would try to calm them down by quoting slokas from Sanskrit classics.

He died on 17 April, 1975.