Teachers’ Day in college where Dr. Radhakrishnan studied
VELLORE: The Teachers’ Day celebration (birthday of former President Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan) at Voorhees College here on Wednesday had something special, since it was the alma mater of Dr. Radhakrishnan, who did his Intermediate in this college from 1903 to 1905.
Prior to joining the Voorhees College, Dr. Radhakrishnan had studied for two years in the Voorhees Higher Secondary School in Vellore.
Presiding over the celebration, D. Daniel Ezhilarasu, Principal, said that the college was proud that the birthday of one of its distinguished alumni was celebrated as Teachers’ Day all over the country.
He recalled that when objections were raised to the nomination of Dr. Radhakrishnan for the President post, on the grounds that he had not gone to jail during India’s freedom struggle, the then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru said that going to jail alone was not a sacrifice. The hard work put in by Dr. Radhakrishnan in training young minds in his capacity as a teacher should also be considered as a sacrifice. Dr. Radhakrishnan himself had once said, “I am what I am today because of the sacrifices done by my teachers,” he said.
R.V. Shajeevana, Project Officer, District Rural Development Agency, said that there was a teacher behind the success of every man or woman, because teachers spent more of their precious time with students in their formative years. She called upon students to motivate non-school-going children in their villages to go to school to help ensure total enrolment of students in schools in rural areas.
Selvaraj, III B.Com. student, gave a Nadhaswaram recital. Amirthavalli (II M.Com.) and Dhinesh (III B.Sc. Maths) welcomed. M. Stephen (III B. Com.) proposed a vote of thanks.