In India, Teachers' Day is celebrated annually on Sept 5, across all the schools, colleges and other educational institutions, to mark the birth anniversary of the Legendary teacher, Late Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.
On this day in schools, it is customary that students of Class XII pose as teachers and also decorate their classrooms. For one day, they experience how it is to be a teacher. [Famous Teachers of India and their contribution to education]
Students honour their teachers by extending the gratitude through speeches and by giving small gifts like cards, flowers, pens, diaries and books, as a token of respect. [Teachers' Day: When PM Narendra Modi gave 'Guru Mantra' to students]
This is a day when students express their feelings of respect towards their teachers. Teachers, too, reciprocate their affection towards their students.
In 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA government formed the government at Centre. Since then, Teachers' Day celebrations has also witnessed a sea of change. [Busted! Secrets to Narendra Modi's oratory skills]
PM Narendra Modi's energetic and electrifying address and interaction with students engross the attention of entire nation.
Students get to know the precious value of the noble profession of teaching. They get a golden opportunity to interact with the Prime Minister.
Their each and every question throws a light on different aspects of education. PM Modi, too, answers all questions in such a way that they unfold little known facts about his inspiring life.
Since Modi government came to power in Centre, Teachers' Day celebrations has gone to an altogether new level.
The advent of social media also plays a crucial role in spreading awareness about the teaching profession.
Many people express their feelings towards their teachers and mentors on social networking websites like Facebook and Twitter.
Whatever profession- engineering, medical or any other, you chose to take up after attaining higher studies, the basic foundation of every individual is laid by a teacher.
So, Teachers' Day should not only be looked upon as a day that is meant only for school and college children.
Parents, too, should utilise this day by telling their children about the value of their teachers and how they should imbibe their teachings and implement them in their daily routine.
Teachers should also not only impart bookish knowledge to students, they should also enlighten them with life-learning lessons, that will help them in shaping a better future not only for themselves but for their family, work organisations as well as to the nation.
If you are a busy professional and if it is possible, then you can make a surprise visit to your school or college and revive your memories as a student.
Your teachers, too, will feel overwhelmed by your gesture. So, celebrate Happy Teachers' Day with full zeal!