National Education Day 2022: Every year 11 November is celebrated as National Education Day in India. This day is dedicated to Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, the first Education Minister of India. People celebrate the birth anniversary of Abul Kalam Azad, the great freedom fighter, scholar, and eminent educationist of the country, as National Education Day.
Significance Of National Education Day
This day is celebrated every year on November 11, dedicating to Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, the first education minister of independent India. People celebrate the birth anniversary of Abul Kalam as National Education Day. Apart from being a freedom fighter, Abul Kalam was also a very famous scholar and educationist. This day started in the year 2008 when then President Pratibha Patil declared November 11 as National Education Day at Vigyan Bhawan. This day is celebrated to pay tribute to Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, who made an invaluable contribution to the education of the nation.
Abul Kalam’s Unforgettable Contribution
Maulana Abul Kalam Azad served as the Education Minister of India from 15 August 1947 to 02 February 1958. Maulana Azad was a scholar, freedom fighter, and educationist who established some important institutions in India.
Institutions He Established
Maulana Azad was one of the few prominent founding members of Jamia Millia Islamia. Influenced by Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy, Azad founded Jamia Millia Islamia in Aligarh along with Mukhtar Ahmed Ansari, Hakim Ajmal Khan, and others, which was later shifted to Delhi.
Contribution To IIT To UGC
The credit for the construction of the first IIT to be built in Kharagpur also goes to Maulana Abul Kalam Azad. Along with this, he established educational bodies like the All India Council for Technical Education and University Grants Commission (UGC). Not only this, but Azad was also responsible for the establishment of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Sahitya Akademi, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Sangeet Natak Akademi and Lalita Kala Akademi.