India is a country that is not just rich in culture and heritage but also in teachers. Since ancient times, we have had teachers whose teachings mean to live beyond ages. Here are some of the fascinating and renowned teachers in India who have imparted much for time immemorial to mankind. This teachers day, lets salute them!
Aryabhatta, the man who invented zero has given us even more than that invaluable number. He is understood to have headed the Nalanda University and formulated arithmetic, algebra, plane trigonometry, spherical trigonometry, fractions, quadratic equations, sums-of-power series and a table of sines.
More than just a Math genius, he is a pioneer teacher who has laid the foundation to so many such Mathematical theories.
Born in the 4th century BC at Mylapore, Chennai, Tamilnadu, Thiruvalluvar is a man who has presented mankind with teachings that are the next equivalent to scriptures. Thirukural are one line proverbs that present about the art of living. There are 1330 Thirukurals in total. It is considered as a rich wealth in Tamil literature as well as for the Indian culture.
Subramaniya Bharathi was born in Ettayapuram, Tamilnadu on 11 December 1882. He started writing poetry at a very young age and won laurels along with the title Bharathiyar at age eleven. His poetries are gems for literature.
He made the world realise that education wasn't confined to literature but an all round development and worked towards social reforms such as abolishment of caste system, child marriage and dowry. His efforts have converted India into a secular country.
Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, born on 5 September 1888 was the second President of India. He graduated with a Master's Degree in Arts from Madras University. In partial fulfillment for his M.A. degree, Radhakrishnan wrote a thesis on the ethics of the Vedanta titled "The Ethics of the Vedanta and Its Metaphysical Presuppositions", which was a reply to the charge that the Vedanta system had no room for ethics.
He proved that Indian philosophies are on par with other education systems and earned respect for it across the world. His birthday is now celebrated as teacher's day!
Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam
Dr APJ Abdul Kalam is the 11th President of India. He was a scientist who turned Statesman. He was also a professor at Anna University,Tamilnadu during a period of time.
Having been a Scientist at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), he has driven India to many successful satellite launches and guided other Scientists into success. He inspired lakhs of students with his motivational speeches in varsities and even died during one such sessions.
His passion for teacher profession is an awe kindling reverence that the teaching fraternity has earned.