CHENNAI: Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has asked all the education institutions to celebrate the birth anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, freedom fighter and the first education minister of India as the National Education Day. Both University Grants Commission (UGC) and Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) have asked the institutions to organise seminars, symposia, essay writing, elocution competitions, workshops and rallies with banners, cards and slogans of the importance of education and nation’s commitment to all aspects of education.
In its circular, Central Board of Secondary Education asked the schools to introspect their ongoing programme such as Community Outreach, Entrepreneurial Projects, Vocational Skills, Life Skills, Inclusive Education on the National Education Day. Maulana Abul Kalam Azad served as the India’s first Minister of Education from 1947 to 1958. He emphasised on free and compulsory education for all under 14 and stressed on adult illiteracy.
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Location: India, Tamil Nadu, Chennai (Madras)
National Education Day is an annual observance in India to commemorate the birth anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad,the first education minister of independent India, who served from 15 August 1947 until 2 February 1958. National Education Day of India is celebrated on 11 November every year.
The Ministry of Human Resource Development, had on September 11, 2008 announced, "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 onwards, will be celebrated as the National Education Day, without declaring it a holiday.
Activities during the celebration of National education day:
Educational institutions at all levels across the country will celebrate November 11 as the ‘National Education Day’ by the way of Seminars, symposia, essay-writing, elocution competitions, workshops and rallies with banner cards and slogans on the importance of literacy and nation's commitment to all aspects of education.
Objective of celebrating National education day:
The objective of celebrating National Education Day should be to strengthen our educational institutions and to raise the quality of education to greater heights. It should be an occasion to remember Maulana Azad's contribution in laying the foundations of the education system in an independent India as well as to evaluate our current performance in this field. So on this day, all people who are involved in the field of education should come together to seek ways to advance India's prestige in the world, as a knowledge society and to focus on how to educate our people.