In India, National Education Day is celebrated on November 11 of every year. National Education Day is commemorated to honour the birth anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (the first education minister of independent India). He is also a freedom fighter, and his real name was Abul Kalam Ghulam Muhiyuddin. On National Education Day, events like seminars, symposia, essay writing, elocution competitions, workshops and much more will be conducted across the country to promote the importance of education.
“Educationists should build the capacities of the spirit of inquiry, creativity, entrepreneurial and moral leadership among students and become their role model.” – Maulana Abul Kalam Azad
History of National Education Day
On September 11, 2018, Ministry of Human Resource Development officially announced the National Education Day to commemorate the birthday of Abul Kalam Ghulam Muhiyuddin, who served as an education minister for India from 15 August 1947 to 2 February 1958. According to Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Schools are the laboratories to produce future citizens of the country. He strongly supported primary education, girls education, and must free education for all children up to the age of 14. To increase revolutionary recruits, he started a weekly journal in Urdu called Al-Hilal in 1912. For his contribution as a freedom fighter and an educationist, he was awarded Bharat Ratna Award (India’s highest civilian honour) in the year 1992. Then he established most of the major cultural and literary academies like Sangeet Natak Academy, Lalit Kala Academy, Sahitya Academy, Indian Council for Cultural Relations and much more. Under his ownership, the first IIT, IISc, School of Planning and Architecture and the University Grants Commission were established.
The Main Aim behind the creation of National Education Day is to strengthen the education institutions and to improve the quality of education in India. Also, it is a day to honor the contributions of Abul Kalam Ghulam Muhiyuddin, who laid the foundations for the education system in independent India. National Education Day is a perfect day for the peoples all over the country to improve the quality of education in India and to raise awareness among the people about the importance of education.
Other Celebrations on November 11
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How to Celebrate National Education Day
The best way to celebrate National Education Day is by creating awareness among the peoples about the importance of Education. The schools across the country can organize seminars, symposium, essay writing, elocution competitions, workshops and rallies to improve the quality of education among the students. Share your thoughts on social media about the contributions of Abul Kalam Ghulam Muhiyuddin and the importance of education by using the hashtag #EducationDay.