Teachers’ Day 2021: Importance, history and significance of Teachers’ Day celebration in India

Teachers’ Day 2021, Teachers Day History, Significance and Importance: Dedicated to teachers and the role they play in shaping their students’ lives, every year September 5 is celebrated as Teachers’ Day. The day also commemorates the birth anniversary of scholar and Bharat Ratna recipient Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, who was born on the same day in 1888.

A revered academic, Radhakrishnan — also the first vice president and second president of independent India — was born into a Telugu family. He authored the book, The Philosophy of Rabindranath Tagore, he had a master’s degree in philosophy and played a huge role in placing Indian philosophy on the global map. He had a long academic career and taught at Chennai’s Presidency College and Calcutta University, and even served as the Vice Chancellor of Andhra Pradesh University (from 1931-1936). He also taught Eastern Religions and Ethics at Oxford from 1936, a position he held for 16 years.

Since 1962 — the year he took oath as the President of India — Teacher’s Day is celebrated on his birthday to commemorate his work, something he is believed to have considered a “proud privilege”.

India, Nepal share honours in first international friendly

India and hosts Nepal shared the honours 1-1- in the first of the international friendlies at Dasharath Stadium in Kathmandu on Thursday.

Nepal took lead when Anjan Bista struck in the 36th minute of the first half when he capitalised on the miscommunication between India goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu and defender Chinglensana Singh Konsham. After taking the lead, the hosts played with intent while Indians were playing shadows.

After resumption, India looked stronger and equalised in the 60th-minute after captain Sunil Chhetri shot from 25 yards could only be palmed into the six-yard box by by Nepal goalkeeper Kiran Lumbu and Anirudh Thapa latched on the chance and rattled the net even before Nepal defenders could clear.

In the dying minutes of the game, the hosts won a couple of chances to score and post a rare win but Indian defence without injured Sandesh Jhingan was equally to the task.

Nepal scorer Anjan, keeper Kiram and Suman Aryal all received a yellow card.

Anirudh and Sahal Abdul Samad played in the midfield while Seriton Fernandes and Rahim Ali made their senior India debuts.

The two sides meet again on Sunday (September 5) in the second international friendly at the same venue and will be streamed live on the Indian Football Team Facebook page (at 5.15 PM IST).

India XI: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (GK); Rahul Bheke, Chinglensana Singh, Shubashish Bose, Akash Mishra (Seriton Fernandes 46′); Suresh Singh Wangjam (Lalengmawia 63′), Glan Martins (Rahim Ali 46′), Brandon Fernandes (Anirudh Thapa 46′); Liston Colaco (Sahal Abdul Samad 46′), Manvir Singh, Sunil Chhetri (C) (Bipin Singh 70′)

Nepal: Kiran Kumar Limbu, Deep Karki, Bishal Shrestha, Bikesh Kuthu, Ananta Tamang, Dinesh Rajbanshi, Gautam Shrestha, Rohit Chand, Suman Aryal, Rajan Gurung, Kamal Thapa, Ayush Ghalan, Bishal Rai, Nitin Thapa, Pujan Uperkoti, Santosh Tamang, Sujal Shrestha, Sunil Bal, Suraj Jeu Thakuri, Tej Tamang, Aashish Lama, Anjan Bista, Manish Dangi, Nawayug Shrestha, Suman Lama