The Regional Institute of Education (RIE) Mysore celebrated National Education Day to commemorate the birth anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, here on Thursday.

Abul Kalam Azad was the first Union Minister of Education in the Nehru Cabinet from 1947 to 1958.

The Government of India declared in 2008 that Azad's birthday be celebrated as National Education Day. Sheikh Ali, noted historian and the former Vice-Chancellor of Mangalore and Goa Universities was the chief guest and he delivered a lecture on the life and contribution of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad to society in general and the field of education in particular.

“Maulana Azad was the ‘finest flower' of Indian Renaissance”, according to Sheikh Ali who said that Azad was a brilliant debater and he was known as Lord of Dialogue. Prof. Sheikh Ali said Azad was akin to a walking encyclopaedia and described him as a great thinker, revolutionary, philosopher and writer in recognition of which he was awarded the Bharat Ratna posthumously in 1992.

K. Dorasami, Principal RIEM, welcomed and introduced Prof Sheikh Ali.

N.N. Prahallada, programme coordinator, students and other staff members were present.