Homage to a Great Teacher on this Teacher's Day!

If Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan is the person in whose memory we celebrate Teacher’s Day, recently one more teacher has been cherished by the student community of today. Yes, he was the late Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, the 11th President of India, who left for his heavenly abode on 27th July 2015. 

In an exclusive interview to The Hindu the former President had said: “If the people remember me as a good teacher, that will be the biggest honor for me.” He was no less than a universal teacher, for he always loved to be with students, listen to them, talk to them and help them in realizing their dreams. Minutes before his end, Mr. Kalam was teaching students at the Indian Institute of Management, Shillong. 

Apart from his great deeds, his legacy today includes some of his unforgettable words too.In memory of this great teacher, here are some of his famous quotes that are relevant for teachers and students -
  1. One of the very important characteristics of a student is to question. Let the students ask questions.
  2. Educationists should build the capacities of the spirit of inquiry, creativity, entrepreneurial and moral leadership among students and become their role model.
  3. If a country is to be corruption free and become a nation of beautiful minds, I strongly feel there are three key societal members who can make a difference. They are the father, the mother and the teacher.
  4. If you want to shine like a sun, first burn like a sun
  5. You have to dream before your dreams can come true.
  6. When we tackle obstacles, we find hidden reserves of courage and resilience we did not know we had. And it is only when we are faced with failure do we realize that these resources were always there within us. We only need to find them and move on with our lives.
  7. Don’t take rest after your first victory because if you fail in the second, more lips are waiting to say that your first victory was just luck.


Perhaps this is the last wish of Dr. Kalam – the young Indians have to take control and make sure this earth is a livable and peaceful place.

Happy Teacher's Day!
Rest in peace Kalam Sir


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