New Delhi: November 11 is annually celebrated as National Education Day to commemorate the birth anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad.
He is the first Education Minister of India, who served from August 15, 1947, to February 2, 1958. It was only from 2008 when November 11 was decided as the National Education Day.
Many politicians including Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik paid tributes to the freedom fighter and scholar.
Humble tributes to freedom fighter and scholar #MaulanaAbulKalamAzad on his birth anniversary. His invaluable contribution towards building the foundation of a strong education system for modern India will always be remembered. #NationalEducationDay pic.twitter.com/OWDwC19qR4
— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) November 11, 2019
Today is the birth anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad. Today is #NationalEducationDay. We have named the West Bengal University of Technology after Maulana Abul Kalam Azad as a mark of respect to the first Education Minister of independent India 1/2
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) November 11, 2019
Paying my tribute to independent India’s first education minister, #MaulanaAbulKalamAzad on his birth anniversary.
— Anubhav Mohanty (@AnubhavMohanty_) November 11, 2019
I join the nation in remembering freedom fighter, member of the Constituent Assembly, and the first #Education Minister of India, Shri Maulana Abul Kalam Azad on his birth anniversary today.#NationalEducationDay pic.twitter.com/KKyepk7sDE
— Vice President of India (@VPSecretariat) November 11, 2019
National Education Day is an occasion to remember Maulana’s contribution in laying the foundations of the education system in independent India and also evaluating to understand and improve the country’s current performance in the field. There is a lot, we need to perform in terms of developing the education sector, and Maulana’s birth anniversary reminds and encourages us to better the field for our future generation.
Maulana Abul Kalam Azad is the first Education Minister of India, who served from August 15, 1947, to February 2, 1958. It was only from 2008 when November 11 was decided as the National Education Day.
The former minister was an acclaimed poet, philosopher and was a masterful orator. He was well versed in Urdu, Persian, Arabic, and Hindi. A staunch advocate of universal primary education for all children up to the age of 14, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad also supported women’s education.