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President and PM greet teachers on Teachers' Day
Greeting teachers for their immense contribution to nation, on the occasion of Teachers Day, President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, in his message said, "Teachers must be friends, philosophers and guiding lights to their students. They are like candles, who burn brightly to enlighten others. We, in India, are inheritors of a sacred tradition in which our gurus, saints and seers have selflessly nurtured our minds and shaped our intellect."

Mukherjee also paid floral tributes at the portrait of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan at Rashtrapati Bhavan occasion of his birth anniversary on September 05, which is celebrated as Teachers' Day, stated a PIB release with a photograph.

Mukherjee urged the society and students to show utmost respect and devotion to teachers. He added that teachers must dedicate themselves to the service of their students and help the youth imbibe knowledge as well as essential civilizational values.

The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, while greeting the people said, "We salute all teachers, who tirelessly light the lamp of knowledge." He also paid his tributes to Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan on the occasion and said, "Teacher, scholar and statesman, he (Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan) remains an inspiration for the entire Nation."

Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, a renowned Indian philosopher, teacher and statesman, was the first Vice-President of India and the second President of India whose birthday is celebrated as Teachers day. According to him, learning is not memorising facts but an activity of thought and one should be to able to use or apply what is learnt and test it, as well as throw it into fresh combinations.

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