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“He is a great teacher. There is a lot we can learn from him”, said Pandit Jawarlal Nehru about Dr. S.Radhakrishanan. When Dr. Radhakrishanan became the President of India in the year 1962, some of his fans requested him that they intended to celebrate Sep. 5 his birthday. Dr. Radhakrishanan said, “Instead of celebrating my birthday separately, it would be my proud privilege if Sep. 5 is celebrated as Teachers’ Day”. Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishanan was born on Sep.5, 1888 at Tirutani, a small temple town-north-west of Chennai. He started his career as a teacher and served as the President of India. He was awarded to a scholarship to study at the Madras Christian College from where he graduated in 1906 with first class honours. He chose Philosophy because he got the textbooks free from his cousin. He was influenced with William Skinner and A.G. Hogg. These teachers instilled in him a sense of tolerance importance of accurate scholarship and a broad view of philosophy. Skinner gave a letter of introduction to the Director of Public Instructor that said, “one of the best men use have had of recent year” for the post of lecturer in the field of education. In Presidency College, Madras in 1911, Dr. Radhakrishanan served as Additional Assistant Professor of Philosophy. He taught Psychology, European Thought and Political Philosophy. He was known for clarity and aptness, crispness that students from other colleges too attended his classes. A.G. Hogg himself made it very clear that his students would attend the lectures on political Philosophy in the Presidency College only if Sri Radhakrishanan delivered him. Sri Radhakrishanan also served as Professor of Philosophy in Mysore University in 1918. When king George V. Professorship of Mental and Moral Science in Calcutta University fell vacant, in 1920, the then Vice Chancellor Sri Ashutosh Mukherjee invented Dr. Radhakrishnan to apply for the chair. In 1922, he

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