Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind paid homage to India’s second President Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan on his birth anniversary on Wednesday, as the country celebrates Teachers’ Day 2018.

“On Teachers’ Day, I pay homage to Dr S. Radhakrishnan and extend heartiest greetings to all teachers of our nation. May our great gurus continue to help and guide us in building a nation and world full of wisdom, peace and harmony,” Kovind tweeted.

Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, the first Vice-President of our country was an ideal teacher as well as a philosopher, scholar and politician. He was appointed as chairman of the University Grants Commission after independence. His work towards education especially the commission’s 1949 report about the state of university education helped in shaping the future of the youth of the country.

Emphasizing on the importance of teachers in building our society, PM Modi said: “Teachers play a vital role in the shaping of young minds and building our nation.

We bow to our former President and a distinguished teacher himself, Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan on his Jayanti.”

Several other political leaders such as Amit Shah, Manohar Parikkar, Maneka Gandhi and Mamata Banerjee wished the nation on Teachers’ Day.

The Congress and Aam Aadmi Party also posted tweets to pay homage to Dr S Radhakrishnan.

The US Embassy in India posted: “The true teachers are those who help us think for ourselves.” Remembering former Indian President Dr. #SarvepalliRadhakrishnan on his birth anniversary, celebrated as #TeachersDay. Here is a throwback to President Radhakrishnan’s visit to U.S. in 1963. #शिक्षकदिवस की शुभकामनाएं।”