"If a country is to be corruption free and become a nation of beautiful minds, I strongly feel there are three key societal members who can make a difference. They are the father, the mother and the teacher."
"Educationists should build the capacities of the spirit of inquiry, creativity, entrepreneurial and moral leadership among students and become their role model."
OUR GREAT TEACHERS
Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan:
Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was not only a legendary teacher, but he was a great philosopher too. He served as the first Vice President of India and second President of India. Dr Radhakrishnan believed in 'spiritual education' and was friendly with all his students. It is his birthday that is celebrated as Teachers’ Day in India.
Swami Vivekananda left his influence all over the world. His teachings are an inspiration for the youth of India. He successfully represented India in the US.
Gautam Buddha at the age of 29 renounced his princely and luxurious life, in the search of freedom from sorrow and led the life of an ascetic. He received the title Buddha when he attained nirvana (enlightenment). Buddhism was founded on the basis of his teachings.
Maharishi Valmiki was a great Sanskrit scholar, who composed mythological scriptures like Ramayana and Ramacharita. He is revered as a great saint by Hindus.
Ved Vyasa is credited to have written the holy scriptures of Mahabharata and Bhagwad Gita. He is considered to be an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. He had split the original version of Vedas into four parts: the Rigveda, the Yajurveda, the Samaveda and the Atharvaveda.
Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa:
Born on Feb 18, 1836, he is popularly known as Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. His chief disciple Swami Vivekananda formed 'Ramakrishna Mission' in his name.
Shankaracharya wiped away superstitious religious practices which were rampant during his time. He had a unique skill to retain whatever he used to read even once.
Swami Dayanand Saraswati:
Swami Dayanand Saraswati was a great saint, who founded the Arya Samaj. He revived vedic ideologies. Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan and Sri Aurobindo called him one of the 'makers of Modern India'.
Chanakya was a great economist, philosopher and a thinker, who taught "Arthshastra" in ancient India. 'Chanakya Niti' is known all across the world. He was a professor in Taxila University. He is revered as a great scholar and a diplomat, not only in India but in the West too. He was known for his wisdom and unfailing strategies. He was a pioneer in the field of political science and contributed a lot in shaping the foreign policy of India.
Aryabhatta was a great Indian mathematician and an astronomer. He discovered arithmetic, algebra, plane trigonometry, spherical trigonometry, fractions, quadratic equations, sums-of-power series and a table of sines. He was an extraordinary teacher and a great scholar, with an immense knowledge.
Nobel Prize laureate Guru Rabindranath Tagore established Santiniketan school (abode of peace) near Bolpur in Birbhum district of West Bengal, now known as Visva-Bharati University. Tagore is known for literary classics in the form of poems, songs and novels. He was a great philosopher, artist, playwright, composer, novelist and brought a revolution in the education system. He gave a new definition to teaching by taking students out of the confinement of four walls and taught them under the trees in fresh air. He focused on Gurukul system by imbibing his students with the value of spirituality and he also inculcated outside knowledge in his students. He composed the National Anthem.
Dr APJ Abdul Kalam:
India's "Missile Man" and the former President of India, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam always wanted that he should be remembered as a good teacher. Teaching was his passion and he passed away while teaching at IIM Shillong. He used to connect with children instantly. Even after assuming the post of India's 11th president, Dr Kalam used to take time for his penchant of teaching. A prolific writer, Kalam had penned down various books science, spirituality, and his inspiring life. He was 'People's president', a great humanitarian and a nuclear and space scientist.