We believe that teachers are the creators and shapers of all the time. They dedicate their lives to shaping the lives of others. It is rightly said that teachers are like candles that burn themselves to give light. India has a history of having wonderful teachers who have made significant contributions to the life of their students. Let’s know something about such wonderful Indian teachers of all time.
He is one of the noblest teachers in Indian history. We all celebrate 5th Septemeber his birthday as a teacher’s day. He was teaching at Madras Presidency College affiliated to the University of Mysore. He had earned his acknowledgment in the study of philosophy and he promoted the study of spirituality. He used to teach students at home, serve them tea, greet them and leave them to the door at the end of the session. His love for teaching was immense and he showed this by advocating that his birthday should be observed as a day that is dedicated to teachers.
‘Education is a powerful weapon that can be used to change the world’. These words show that education was so much important for him. He was a scientist and an educator by heart. He believed that primary education is the right of each child in the society. He believed that education leads to the personal growth of an individual. He has taught several students at various colleges and institutes. He loved teaching students as in his perspective there is nothing more than education.
He is the first Indian scholar known not only in the country but in the world. We call some of the principles of study as ‘Chanakya Niti’ It is said that his tips and tricks regarding the situations have never failed. He served as a teacher at Takshshila University that is one of the oldest universities. His two books ‘Arthshastra and Neetishastra’ are very popular.
Swami Dayanand Saraswati
A great social reformer and the founder of Arya Samaj; he was a scholar of Sanskrit shlokas and Vedic lores. He has worked a lot on providing equal rights for women in those days. He advocated education and study of Indian scriptures to the people. His name as a social reformer and educator will remain fresh forever in Indian history.
Tagore believed that providing education does not mean one has to remain the four walls of the class. Hence he formed schools in the open grounds and classroom under the trees. His idea was to connect India with the rest of the world. His school at Shantiniketan was most admired and liked in those days.
She was the first female educator and founder of modern Marathi poetry. Women in her time were underestimated. Hence she worked for the upliftment of such women and ensured that they were educated. She imparted education to untouchable girls for their betterment. She was often criticized but she ignored and continued doing her work that the British Government had appreciated later on.
He is a known propagator of the gurukul system where he educated students to lead life at home and outside. He is the founder of Ramkrishna Mission where people and monks propagated the study of Vedas. He believed in teaching life skills. He said that every one of us is perfect but that needs to be brought out through education.
We have all read and learned his poems in the Hindi language as children. He is known to have contributed to Modern Hindustani Literature. He was greatly influenced by Swami Vivekanand. He has gained fame as one of the first Hindi writers who wrote on the realism of life.
Teachers then and now have never failed to make a difference in the life of students. Let’s respect them.