India celebrates 5th September of every year as the National Teachers day to honour the roles of teachers in shaping the future of the nation. The day is marked on the birth anniversary of India’s former President Bharat Ratna Awardee, renowned teacher and philosopher Dr. Sarvaepalli Radhakrishnan who was born on 5th September 1888. The first National Teacher’s Day was celebrated in 1962.
About Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan:
i.Dr. Radhakrishnan hails from Tiruttani, Madras Presidency (now Tamil Nadu).
ii.He served as the first Vice President of India from 1952 to 1962.
iii.He became the second President of India in 1962 and served till 1967.
National Award to Teachers 2020:
i.On 5th September 2020, over the first ever virtual award ceremony, Ram Nath Kovind, President of India awarded the National Award to Teachers 2020, the highest teachers award in India, to the 47 teachers who were shortlisted by the Ministry of Education.
ii.The award is presented to recognise the contribution of the teachers in the field of education.
iii.The award certificates and the silver medals to the awardees were presented through the district collectors /commissioner on Teachers Day.
iv.List of all 47 awardees who received the National award to teachers 2020.
Due to the global pandemic the events of 2020 National teacher’s day were conducted as a virtual event.
i.The University Grant Commission (UGC) with the Ministry of Education organised a webinar on the new National Education policy (NEP 2020).
ii.As a part of the 2020 National Teachers day celebration, UGC ran several social media campaigns like #ourteachersourheroes and #teachersfromindia on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and other social media
iii.To create awareness among the stakeholders, UGC and Ministry of Education will organise webinars on themes and initiatives of NEP 2020.