Teacher’s Day: Salutations to the Gurus of Wisdom
The role of a teacher is vital to the development and progress of a nation. Teachers are epitomes of wisdom, which they pass down to their students. It is these students who go on to become politicians, doctors, lawyers, journalists, defense personnel, among others. A good teacher will set a student on the path of honesty and righteousness, virtues which will benefit not only the student but his family, friends, acquaintances and finally the nation. However, a dishonest student can prove disastrous.
Teachers in India have been revered from times immemorial. Back in the epic Vedic age of Ramayana and the Mahabharata, the teacher held an exalted position and was, at times, more revered than the king of the nation. In ancient India, the education originated with the Gurukul system where the shishyas and the guru lived in close proximity. The Gurukuls were residential in nature where all the students lived together irrespective of caste and creed.
Over the years, the forms of education have changed and the system of Gurukul has given way to modern schools. Distance education has enabled students from far off to attend classes without being present in the classroom. However, the relationship between a student and teacher has remained unchanged.
How did the concept of Teacher’s Day originate in India?
Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, who was born on September 5, 1888, was the second President of India, a statesman, and a great teacher. He was a scholar of comparative religion and philosophy. The contribution of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan to the Indian education system has been magnanimous. In 1954, the government presented him the Bharat Ratna award.
Teacher’s Day in India is celebrated to honor this great statesman and scholar. But, there is an interesting story behind the origin of Teacher’s Day in India. Some friends and students of Radhakrishnan approached him with the request to allow them to celebrate his birthday. The scholar’s humble reply was, that instead of celebrating his birthday it would serve a much wider purpose if it is celebrated as Teacher’s Day in whole of India, in honor of every teacher. From 1962 onwards, Teacher’s Day came to be celebrated every year on September 5.
Celebration in honor of teachers around the country
September 5 is a big day for both students and teachers. Students take the opportunity to show their love and affection on this day by organizing various cultural programs and events as a mark of respect for their teachers. For one day in a year, teachers take a back seat as in many schools across the nation students in senior classes, who are mostly dressed in traditional wear, take over the role of the teacher and impart education to students in junior classes.
This provides the students a glimpse into the life of the teacher and also motivates some of them to take up education as a career. Many schools organize lavish feasts and also reunion.
It is a special moment as teachers are recognized for their good work in the upliftment of the students, development of the school and the overall progress of education and the nation. Outstanding teachers are given prizes for their good work.
Reach out to your teachers by sending beautiful ecards and messages
Perhaps, of all the fancy gifts a student would give to his or her teacher, the best ones would be ecards /messages that thank the teacher for the enormous wealth of knowledge that they have imparted and the role they have played in shaping the student’s personality, career and life.. Pick the one that suits your requirement.
In fact, Teacher’s Day is not just an occasion for the students and teachers but for every citizen of the nation for we all were once students. So, take this opportunity and on this Teacher’s Day wish your teacher for giving meaning to your life.