The Ministry of Human Resource Development, had on 11 September 2008 announced, “The Ministry has decided to commemorate the birthday of this great son of India by recalling his contribution to the cause of education in India. November 11 every year, from 2008 onwards, will be celebrated as the National Education Day, without declaring it a holiday.”
Just like we celebrate Teachers Day to commemorate the birth anniversary of Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, India’s first Vice President, the nation celebrates the National Education Day on November 11 as a mark of respect to Maulana Abul Kalam Azad. The latter was a freedom fighter and independent India’s first Education Minister (served from 1947 to 1958).
National Education Day: Activities & Celebration
Educational institutions at all levels across the country will celebrate November 11 as the ‘National Education Day’ by the way of Seminars, symposia, essay-writing, elocution competitions, workshops and rallies with banner cards and slogans on the importance of literacy and nation’s commitment to all aspects of education.
National Education Day: Objective
The objective of celebrating National Education Day should be to strengthen our educational institutions and to raise the quality of education to greater heights. It should be an occasion to remember Maulana Azad‘s contribution in laying the foundations of the education system in an independent India as well as to evaluate our current performance in this field. So on this day, all people who are involved in the field of education should come together to seek ways to advance India’s prestige in the world, as a knowledge society and to focus on how to educate our people.