Every year, India celebrates Teachers Day on 5th September for honoring the monumental role teachers play in development of each and every individual. Today, senior students in schools and colleges, take on the mantle of teachers. However, in today’s generation, very few remember the real reason of observing this day – 5th September marks the birthday of India’s second president and the most distinguished scholar, Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. So, on this day, we bring you 5 interesting facts you didn’t know about the legend.
1. He was very popular among his students. His students drove him in a flower clad carriage from the University of Calcutta to the railway station when he was leaving for Mysore University. He was appointed as professor in Mysore University.
2. His exemplary work earned him numerous awards. He was appointed a Knight Bachelor in 1931, was elected Fellow of the British Academy in 1938 and was awarded the prestigious Bharat Ratna in 1954. He also received the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade in 1961. In 1963, he got the British Order of Merit. However, after Independence, he gave up the title of ‘Sir’ and embraced his academic title ‘Doctor’.
3. His son Mr. Sarvepalli Gopal is a renowned historian and the former Test Cricketer VVS Laxman is his great grand nephew.
4. Whenever the Rajya Sabha members created nuisance during his sessions as Vice-President, he would start quoting shlokas from Sanskrit classics or the Bible, to calm them down.
5. A few months before his death, he received Templeton Prize in 1975. But he donated the entire amount of prize to Oxford University. In turn, Oxford, set up a scholarship by his name, known as “Radhakrishnan Chevening Scholarships”.
Respect to the teacher of teachers!!!