Google celebrated Teacher’s Day with an animated doodle on Thursday, marking the birth anniversary of Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.
India celebrates Teachers’ Day every year to pay tribute to the former president Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan on his birth anniversary.
Dr Radhakrishnan was a philosopher, scholar, politician and an exemplary teacher. He was the country’s first Vice President and its second president.
In honour of Teachers’ Day, today’s Google Doodle shows an animated, smiling red octopus performing multiple tasks using its tentacles, including conducting experiments, solving complex equations, taking notes as well as reading.
Dr Radhakrishnan was born on September 5, 1888, in Tamil Nadu. Dr Radhakrishnan taught at Chennai’s Presidency College and Calcutta University. He was the Vice-Chancellor of Andhra University from 1931 to 1936. In 1962, he became the president of the country.
“Instead of celebrating my birthday, it would be my privilege if 5 September is observed as Teachers’ Day,” he had said.
Since then, the nation celebrates Teachers’ Day every year in honour of the twentieth-century scholar and also to acclaim the contribution of teachers and educators for their significant role in students’ lives.
President Ram Nath Kovind had extended his wishes to teachers across the nation on the eve of Teachers Day.
“On the occasion of Teachers’ Day, I have great pleasure in extending my greetings and felicitations to teachers,” he said.
“We pay tribute to an illustrious statesman, a great scholar and one of the most distinguished personalities of the teaching fraternity”, Kovind added.
Dr Radhakrishnan was awarded the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honour, in 1954. He was nominated 27 times for the Nobel Prize; 16 times for the Nobel Prize in literature, and 11 times for the Nobel Peace prize