National Education Day is celebrated on November 11 in India to commemorate the birthday of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, who served as the country’s Minister of Education from 1947 to 1958. He was also a prolific author of works on philosophy, literature, and published a newspaper, and led a delegation during negotiations with England. His great contribution did not go unnoticed.
India became independent in 1947, and during this period, special attention was directed to education, as this factor would influence the development of the state in the future. Abul Kalam became the leader of this movement, working to eradicate illiteracy, and forming a healthy system and promoting primary and secondary education. His most significant contribution was the creation of technological institutions, with the first one opening in 1951. Maulana sincerely believed that this was the future, and that research and technological progress were essential. National Education Day was officially adopted in 2008 in recognition of his efforts.
- Maulana Abul Kalam Azad was posthumously awarded the high civilian award, Bharat Ratna, in 1992.
- He was fluent in at least six languages, and received an excellent home education.
- At the age of 13, he married a young Muslim girl.
- He was chairman of the Indian National Congress.
How to take part
National Education Day is supported throughout India by various educational institutions. There are various competitions, debates, and seminars held in honor of it, and it is always interesting to participate in them. People visit monuments and centers dedicated to education, and donations to charitable organizations are encouraged to help in the fight against illiteracy.
When is National Education Day celebrated in 2023?
National Education Day is observed on November 11 each year.