Unforgettable Indian Teachers And Their Legacy: Teacher's Day

From times immemorable, in India, teaching is considered as a noble and sacred profession. It is one of the most rewarding and exciting professions in the world. We can call a good teacher is assertive, friendly, wise, compassionate, and firm. But in reality, every teacher has his or her ways of caring for a student. A teacher has high hopes for a student and guides his/her academic life like a parent. Teachers are remembered forever to have inspired creative ideas and shape a students life.


Also read: Why we celebrate Teachers' Day on 5th September

On account of teachers' day here we provide a list of the best teachers in our country, read to know more about their contributions to their field of study and the honour they have received for their immense contributions:

Must read: 10 Most Inspiring Teachers of India & Their Unconventional Stories

Dr. S. Radhakrishnan

Dr. S. Radhakrishnan (Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan)


5 September 1888 - 17 April 1975

Glimpse to his career

  • He was an Indian philosopher and statesman, who was the first Vice-President of India (1952-1962) and the second President of India from 1962 to 1967.
  • In April 1909, he was was appointed to the Department of Philosophy at the Madras Presidency College.
  • In 1918, he was selected as Professor of Philosophy by the University of Mysore.
  • In 1921 he was appointed as a professor in philosophy to occupy the King George V Chair of Mental and Moral Science at the University of Calcutta.

Awards and Honours

  • 1931: appointed a knight bachelor in 1931, although he ceased to use the title.
  • 1938: elected person of the British Academy.
  • 1954: The Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award in India.
  • 1954: German "Order pour le Merite for Arts and Science
  • 1962: Institution of Teacher's Day in India, yearly celebrated at 5 September, Radhakrishnan's birthday, in honour of Radhakrishnan's believe that "teachers should be the best minds in the country".

Sir C. V. Raman

Sir C. V. Raman (Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman)


7 November 1888 - 21 November 1970

Glimpse to his career

  • He was an Indian physicist whose ground breaking work in the field of light scattering earned him the 1930 Nobel Prize for Physics.
  • He was appointed the first Palit Professor of Physics at the University of Calcutta.
  • On 28 February 1928, Raman led experiments at the IACS with collaborators, on the scattering of light is called the Raman effect.

Awards and Honours

  • He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society early in his career (1924) and knighted in 1929.
  • In 1930 he won the Nobel Prize in Physics.
  • In 1941 he was awarded the Franklin Medal.
  • In 1954 he was awarded the Bharat Ratna.
  • He was awarded the Lenin Peace Prize in 1957.

P.K. Srinivasan

P.K. Srinivasan


November 4, 1924-June 20, 2005

Glimpse to his career

  • He taught mathematics at the Muthialpet High School in Chennai, India.
  • He was Fullbright exchange teacher in the US for a short period.
  • He served as a lecturer in the NCERT in India.

Awards and Honours

  • National Science Award by government of India in 1991.
  • State Award by Tamil Nadu Science and Technology Centre for popularisation of mathematics.

C.N.R. Rao

C.N.R. Rao (Chintamani Nagesa Ramachandra Rao)


Born 30 June 1934

Glimpse to his career

  • He currently serves as the Head of the Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India.
  • Rao became lecturer at IISc in 1959.
  • He headed the Dpt. of Chemistry, at IIT Kanpur from 1963 to 1976.
  • He became Director of the IISc from 1984 to 1994.
  • He has also been a visiting professor at Purdue University, the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge and University of California, Santa Barbara.
  • He was the Jawaharlal Nehru Professor at the University of Cambridge and Professorial Fellow at the King's College, Cambridge during 1983-1984.
  • Rao is currently the National Research Professor, Linus Pauling Research Professor and Honorary President of Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore which he founded in 1989.

Awards and Honours

  • Bharat Ratna in 2014
  • DSc from Mysore University in 1961
  • Marlow Medal by the Faraday Society of England in 1967
  • Padma Shri in 1974
  • Padma Vibhushan in 1985
  • C. V. Raman Award in Physical Science by the University Grants Commission of India in 1975
  • Royal Society of Chemistry (London) Medal in 1981 and many more scientific awards.


K. VijayRaghavan

K. VijayRaghavan (Krishnaswamy VijayRaghavan)


Born 3 February 1954

Glimpse to his career

  • He is Distinguished Professor and former Director of The National Centre for Biological Sciences.
  • He is Secretary of Department of Biotechnology, India since 28 January 2013, replacing Maharaj Kishan Bhan.

Awards and Honours

  • In 1998, K. VijayRaghavan was conferred with the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology award by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research.
  • In 2003, he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award of IIT Kanpur.
  • In 2012, he received the H K Firodia Award "for his original contributions to the field of life sciences, particularly to developmental biology, genetics and neurogenetics.
  • In 2013, he was conferred the Padma Shri by the President of India.


Roddam Narasimha

Roddam Narasimha

Aerospace Engineering

Born 20 July 1933

Glimpse to his career

  • He was a Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc).
  • He was Director of National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) and the Chairman of Engineering Mechanics Unit at Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), Bangalore, India.
  • He is now an Honorary Professor at JNCASR and concurrently holds the Pratt & Whitney Chair in Science and Engineering at the University of Hyderabad.

Awards and Honours

  • Narasimha has been awarded the Padma Vibushan, India's second highest civilian award, in 2013.
  • He was awarded the Trieste Science Prize by TWAS, the academy of sciences for the developing world in 2008 and many more.

C. R. Rao

C. R. Rao (Calyampudi Radhakrishna Rao)


Born 10 September 1920

Glimpse to his career

  • He is currently professor emeritus at Penn State University and Research Professor at the University at Buffalo.
  • He held several important positions, as the Director of the Indian Statistical Institute, Jawaharlal Nehru Professor and National Professor in India, University Professor at the University of Pittsburgh and Eberly Professor and Chair of Statistics and Director of the Center for Multivariate Analysis at the Pennsylvania State University.

Awards and Honours

  • Guy Medal in Gold (2011) of the Royal Statistical Society
  • India Science Award 2010
  • International Mahalanobis Prize (2003) of the International Statistical Institute.
  • Srinivasa Ramanujan Medal (2003) of the Indian National Science Academy.
  • Padma Vibhushan (2001) by the Government of India and many more.

D.R. Bendre

D.R. Bendre (Dattatreya Ramachandra Bendre)


31 January 1896 - 26 October 1981

Glimpse to his career

  • He was amongst the most famous of Kannada poets of the Navodaya Period.
  • He started his career as a teacher at Victoria high school (Renamed as Vidyaranya High school after independence) in Dharwad.
  • He worked as a professor of Kannada in D.A.V. College Solapur between 1944 and 1956.

Awards and Honours

  • Jnanpith Award - 1974 (For the collection of poems Naaku Tanti)
  • Padma Shri - 1968
  • Sahitya Academy award - 1958
  • Kelkar prize - 1965
  • Fellowship of Sahitya Academy - 1968 and many more.

Nissim Ezekiel

Nissim Ezekiel


16 December 1924 - 9 January 2004

Glimpse to his career

  • He was an Indian Jewish poet, actor, playwright, editor and art-critic.
  • From 1961 to 1972, he headed the English department of Mithibai College, Bombay.
  • He held short-term tenure as visiting professor at University of Leeds (1964) and University of Pondicherry (1967).

Awards and Honours

  • Sahitya Akademi Award in 1983 for his Poetry collection.
  • He is recognized and appreciated as being one of the most notable and accomplished Indian English language poets of the 20th century.

B. A. Saletore

B. A. Saletore (Bhaskar Anand Saletore)



Glimpse to his career


  • He is said to be the first historian to use epigraphical sources for the study of social history which is what current days students of history do.
  • He is said to be a pioneer in throwing light on socio-economic polity of Karnataka over the ages.
  • His last book Ancient Indian Political Thought and Institutions, is said to be a masterpiece.


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