India celebrates National Education Day on November 11 to commemorate the birth anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad who served as the first Minister of Education of independent India who established the University Grants Commission (UGC) after India’s independence.

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National Education Day Importance

On September 11, 2008, the Ministry of Human Resource Development had decided to celebrate November 11 as National Education Day. “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”—reads HRD Ministry announcement.

Various campaigns and programs are held on this day to spread awareness about education so that people know the importance of education in their lives.

National Education Day Quotes 2019:

Here are a few quotes from famous and successful people that people share with friends and family on National Education Day.

  • “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”- Nelson Mandela
  • “The difference between school and life? In school, you’re taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson.”- Tom Bodett
  • “A child educated only at school is an uneducated child.”– George Santayana
  • “We learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself.”- Lloyd Alexander
  • “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”- Maimonides
  • “Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.”- Albert Einstein
  • “Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”-John R. Wooden
  • You will either step forward into growth, or you will step backwards into safety.”-Abraham Maslow

“Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace.”– Confucius.

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About Maulana Abul Kalam Azad

Maulana Sayyid Abul Kalam Ghulam Muhiyuddin Ahmed bin Khairuddin Al-Hussaini Azad (Maulana Azad) was the youngest, at the age of 35, president of the Indian National Congress. Azad used to write poems in Urdu. People also know him as a warrior with a pen. He established higher educational institutions and worked for free education in the country. Initially, his father was his teacher but later he was provided education at home by the famous teacher in his area. He learned Arabic and Persian and then studied philosophy, geometry, mathematics and algebra. He also learned the English language, history of the world and politics without any teacher.

Maulana Azad met two of Benal’s leading revolutionaries—Arvind Ghosh and Shri Shyam Sundar Chakraborty— and joined the revolutionary movement against British rule. He set up secret revolutionary centres throughout North India and Bombay within two years.

In 1912, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad started a weekly Urdu newspaper called ‘Al-Hilal’ to increase the feeling of patriotism among Muslims. He served the country from 1947 to 1958 as the First Minister of Education in Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru‘s cabinet.

Maulana Abul Kalam Azad was awarded the Bharat Ratna in 1992 for his contribution as a freedom fighter and educationist.

Maulana Azad was born on November 11, 1888 and died of heart attack on 22 February 1958.

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