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Know Dr Maulana Azad on National Education Day

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Every year November 11 is celebrated as National Education Day across India. On this day, the educational philosopher, and freedom fighter Dr. Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad is remembered by all Indians. Yes, it is also his birthday.

Dr. Maulana Abul Kalam Azad was the first Education Minister of independent India. Maulana Azad served as the first Education Minister of independent India from 15 August 1947 to 2 February 1958. The birthday of ‘Bharat Ratna’ awardee Maulana Azad is celebrated as ‘National Education Day’ in schools and colleges across the country.

Maulana Azad was a key architect of education system. His contribution to the field of education is remembered on this day. On 11 September 2008, the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India decided to celebrate Azad’s birthday on November 11 as ‘National Education Day’. His contribution to the field of education is also the reason for it. Since then, `National Education Day’ is celebrated to commemorate Azad’s vital contribution to the field of education and to pay homage to him by all Indians.

The Indian education system had a solid foundation of guru-disciple tradition. Given the shortcomings of modern schooling, it is not surprising that the old gurukula system was abandoned as then the purpose of education was only to teach. But with the passage of time, the education system had to be changed for the society to be changed. This change is inevitable. “Education is a factor that enhances equality, economic and social mobility, inclusiveness, and is an excellent tool for achieving equality.”

Why education is important?

Education is important in our life because education gives us the ability to change our coming future. We can change the world in a better way. Education plays a vital role in the contemporary and industrialised world. People require adequate and authentic education to help them survive in a competitive world. Education gives everyone a chance to acquire new knowledge and learn soft skills that will help them improve their life.

In all education is a great toll that provides:

* Equal opprtunities for all
* Helps in economic growth
* Creates more employment opportunities
* Fosters self-dependency

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