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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 and teacher. He is known to be one of the greatest thinkers of the 20th century. It was he who introduced Western philosophies to 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 was educated in Tirupati and went to Vellore for graduate studies.

He studied philosophy at Christian College in Madras, now known as Chennai.

He was professor of philosophy at Madras Presidential College. He also taught philosophy at the University of Mysore.

In 1952, he became vice-president of India.

In 1962 he became the second President of India and served until 1967.

He has also been nominated 16 times for the Nobel Prize in Literature and almost 11 times for the Nobel Peace Prize.

In 1948, Radhakrishnan was elected Chairman of the Executive Board of UNESCO.

Few of his works include Gautama the Buddha, India and China, the philosophy of Rabindranath Tagore, the reign of religion in contemporary philosophy, among others.

After some of his students asked him to allow them to celebrate his birthday, he asked them to observe his birthday as Teachers’ Day and since then on September 5th the school and universities celebrate the birthday. of Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan as Teachers’ Day.

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

Along with his work, he encouraged young people to participate in building the world and use the power of education to grow.

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

He did his Masters 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 expense of his education. Radhakrishnan has pursued his entire academic career with the help of scholarships.

Few of his works include Gautama the Buddha, India and China, the philosophy of Rabindranath Tagore, the reign of religion in contemporary philosophy, among others.

The University of Oxford launched the Radhakrishnan Chevening Fellowships and the Radhakrishnan Memorial Prize.

Since 1962, Teachers’ Day in India has been celebrated on September 5 of each year to honor Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan on his birthday.

He only accepted Rs 2,500 out of a salary of Rs 10,000 and the remaining amount was donated to the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund each month during his tenure as President of India.

Radhakrishnan has always been admired and respected by his students. In 1921, his students decided to organize a flower car as he drove from Mysore University to Mysore Station.

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

He died on April 17, 1975.