The Central Board of Secondary Education or CBSE has asked its affiliated schools to celebrate the National Education Day on 11th November. 11 years ago in 2008, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) declared the date as the National Education Day to Commemorate the legendary educationist Maulana Abul Kalam Azad’s birthdate.
The CBSE has urged more than 20,000 schools affiliated under the board to celebrate and spread awareness of the day and the personality related to it.
CBSE has suggested that the day should be celebrated with students by organising seminars, essay competitions, symposia, workshops, elocution competitions and rallies with cards, banners and slogans on the importance of education. It is also aimed to educate students about the Nation's commitment to the development of all aspects of education. The board has also asked to put the details of the celebration on social media with the hashtag of #cbsened
The day of National Education Day is celebrated on the birth date of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad. Apart from being an eminent educationist, he was the first Minister of Education and the first Vice President of Independent India. He also strategised to set up some of the apex bodies which are even functional today. He set up UGC (University Grants Commission) and AICTE (All India Council of Technical Education). He also strategised IIT, IISc and School of Architecture and Planning.
Maulana Sayyid Abul Kalam Ghulam Muhiyuddin Ahmed Azad, popularly known as Sir Maulana Abul Kalam Azad did not recieve formal education. Still. He was an expert in Urdu, Persian, Arabic and Hindi languages. He was also a scholar of World History, Philosophy, Science and Mathematics. He is the first one to advocate for free education for children up to 14 years of age.
He was associated with the office of Education Ministry as a Minister of Education from 1947 till his death in 22nd February 1958. He did a numerous number of reforms which are fruitful yet today. Sir Azad, a loud advocate for women education also believed that the primary education of children should be only in their respective mother tongues.
In his earlier days before independence, he was an eminent freedom fighter under the umbrella of Indian National Congress (INC) and also a journalist. He formed Urdu Newspaper Al-Hillal to criticise the British Raj. He understood the relationship between education and the development of a nation. He knew that only an educated mass can represent India on a global scale. He was conferred Bharat Ratna in 1992.