National Education Day 2021: Why we Celebrate it on Nov. 11 – Honouring Maulana Abul Kalam Azad’s Legacy

National Education Day 2021: Why we Celebrate it on Nov. 11 - Honouring Maulana Abul Kalam Azad's Legacy

National Education Day 2021 is celebrated on November 11. National Education Day is celebrated since 2008, every year on November 11. The question arises as to why National Education Day is celebrated on November 11. The day is dedicated every year to honor the legacy of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad.

A brilliant mind, Kalam was the first Union Education Minister of the country after Independence. National Education Day is observed in the country to commemorate Kalam’s birth anniversary. He served as the education minister of independent India from 1947 to 1958.

An Educationist, journalist, freedom fighter, and politician, Kalam played a pivotal role to improve the education structure of India. Kalam would say that our dreams transfer into thoughts and thoughts result in actions. Kalam dreamt of improving the education structure in the country and he strived to do it.

Keeping in mind his rich dedication towards the field of Education, on November 11, 2008, the Ministry of Human Resource Development decided to celebrate the day as National Education Day. The Ministry mentioned in its statement, “The Ministry has decided to commemorate the birthday of this great son of India by recalling his contribution to the cause of education in India. November 11 every year, from 2008 onward, will be celebrated as the National Education Day, without declaring it a holiday.”

Kalam had mentioned that for the growth and prosperity of a nation, Education is the most important element. During his term as the Education Minister, several important institutes such as the first Indian Institue of Technology in India or IIT Kharagpur, School of Planning and Architecture, first Indian Institue of Science or IISc was set up.

Maulana Abul Kalam Azad was born in Mecca, Saudi Arabia in 1888. He always insisted that students should be creative and think differently. He said, “Educationists should build the capacities of the spirit of inquiry, creativity, entrepreneurial and moral leadership among students and become their role model.”

A strong advocate for the education of women. Kalam always insisted that the empowerment of women is a necessary and significant condition for the improvement of a nation. Only with the empowerment of women, he believed, society would be stable. In 1949, in the Constituent Assembly, he had raised the issue of the education of women. Kalam also laid the foundation of the Board of Rural Higher Education, the National Organization for Basic Education, and others. Kalam’s contribution would remain intertwined in India’s development in the education sector, his work for one would remain a source of constant inspiration and guidance.

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