To celebrate Teacher’s Day, Google Doodle featured an animated, smiling red octopus performing multiple jobs using its tentacles, including solving complex equations, conducting experiments, taking notes and reading. Every year India celebrates Teachers’ Day on September 5 to pay tribute to former President Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan on his birthday. 

Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was a politician, scholar, philosopher, and an exemplary teacher. He was the first Vice President of India and also its second President.  

Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was born in Tamil Nadu on September 5, 1888. He used to teach at Chennai’s Presidency College and Calcutta University.  He was also the vice-Chancellor of Andhra University from 1931 to 1936. Dr. Radhakrishnan also became the President of India in 1962. 

He is popular for his down-to-earth demeanor, after becoming President, he told his well-wishers that instead of celebrating his birth anniversary, they must observe September 5 as Teachers’ Day. 

Dr. RadhaKrishnana was quoted saying, “Instead of celebrating my birthday, it would be my privilege if September 5 is observed as Teachers’ Day.”

Since then, Dr. RadhaKrishnana’s birthday has been commemorated as Teachers’ day every year in India. The tradition of celebrating Teachers’ Day started after he became the second President of India.  

Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was awarded the Bharat Ratna in 1954. Bharat Ratna is the highest civilian honor in India. He was also nominated 27 times for the Nobel Prize – 11 times for the Nobel Peace Prize and 16 times for the Nobel Prize in Literature.

On Thursday, President Ram Nath Kovind will confer the National Teachers’ Awards. 46 teachers from across the nation will be felicitated at an event that will be held in Delhi.

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