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Teacher’s Day: Interesting facts about Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

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India celebrates Teacher’s Day on September 5 to honour former President Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan on his birth anniversary. He was a great scholar, philosopher, and an evocative teacher who dedicated his life towards the field of education. Here are some amazing facts about Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan's life, education, and career. Read on to know about this great human being. * He was born on September 5, 1888, in a Telugu speaking family. His father’s name was Sarvepalli Veeraswami who was subordinate revenue official and his mother's name was Sarvepalli Sita. Radhakrishnan spent his early years in Thiruttani and Tirupati. * Although his father wanted him to be a priest, his skill and talents led him to pursue his career. Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan pursued his studies with the help of scholarships. He joined Voorhees College, later switched to the Madras Christian College (MCC) at the age of 17. In 1906, Radhakrishnan graduated with a master's degree in Philosophy. More than by choice, he studied Philosophy by chance. Since he was a financially constrained student, he had no money to buy books. His cousin who graduated from the same college passed Philosophy textbooks to Radhakrishnan, which decided his academic course. * Radhakrishnan got married to his distant cousin Sivakamu at the age of 16. The marriage was arranged by the family as per the tradition. The couple had six children — five daughters and one son. * In 1909, Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was appointed as faculty of the Department of Philosophy at the Madras Presidency College. Thereafter, he taught in various universities — University of Mysore, Maharaja's College, Mysore, University of Calcutta. * In June 1926, he represented the University of Calcutta at the Congress of the Universities of the British Empire. And in the same year, he represented the University of Calcutta at the International Congress of Philosophy at Harvard University. * In 1929, he delivered the Hibbert Lecture on the ideals of life at Manchester College, Oxford. Another interesting fact is that he was the first Indian to hold a professorial chair at the University of Oxford. * In 1931, he was knighted by King George V for his services to education. * In 1954, he was awarded the Bharat Ratna, the highest civillian award in India. Source : The Times of India | 05/09/2019

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