Teacher's Day: Narendra Modi, Pranab Mukherjee and others mark the occasion

It's 5 September, a day of celebration.

But Ganesh Chaturthi is not the only thing being celebrated today. Lest you forget amidst the rapturous kaleidoscope of music, colours and sound, it's also Teacher's Day: A day to celebrate individuals who work day in and day out to lift millions of spirits (and minds) and actually make the world a better place.

Across India, the day will be marked in acknowledgement and celebration of countless individuals who have shaped (and continue to) the the minds and course of the nation.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

"Mukherjee Sir", none other than the country's first citizen, will yet again chart the evolution of Indian politics this Teachers' Day at a school in the President's Estate.

For the second year in a row, President Pranab Mukherjee will don the hat of a teacher on this occasion as requested by the Delhi government.

He will also felicitate 13 teachers from Madhya Pradesh for their outstanding contribution in the field of education.

Several prominent personalities from different fields, including Bollywood, will be a part of a different event in the capital to felicitate teachers to encourage them towards leadership.

In Tamil Nadu, acting Governor Chennamaneni Vidyasagar Rao, Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and DMK Chief M Karunanidhi extended their greetings to teachers.

"On the occasion of Teacher's Day, the birthday of former President Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, I extend my warm greetings and best wishes to all teachers across the country," Rao said.

"Let us show our gratitude and respect to our teachers for making us what we are today. I appeal to the teaching fraternity to reorient themselves and evolve new methodologies for laying a strong foundation in students to make Indiaa global leader," he said.

In her message, Jayalalithaa said she has issued orders to hike the cash prize given to teachers receiving the Best Teacher Award, instituted by the state government from the existing Rs 5,000 cash prize to Rs 10,000.

Many, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, took to Twitter to extend their greetings.

Meanwhile, the Puducherry government has decided to celebrate Teachers' Day on 9 September on account of Genesh Chaturthi.

With inputs from agencies

Updated Date: Sep 05, 2016 09:29 AM

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