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National Education Day: 11 November 2017

Published on November 11, 2017
National Education Day of India is celebrated on 11 November every year since 2008

National Education Day: 11 November 2017

  • It marks the birth anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad who was the first education minister of independent India.
  • He served as Education Minister from 15 August 1947 until 2 February 1958. 
  • The Ministry of Human Resource Development decided to commemorate November 11 as National Education Day every year, from 2008 onwards.
  • National Education Day aims at strengthening our educational institutions and to raise the quality of education to greater heights. I
  • Maulana Azad's laid the foundations of the education system in an independent India as well as to evaluate our current performance in this field. 

About Maulana Abul Kalam Azad

  • Beings an academician and a freedom fighter, he was given the responsibility to be the first Education Minister for free India. 
  • He gave thrust to Adult Education and Literacy and emphasised on elementary education but also propagated diversification of secondary education and vocational training. 
  • He set up of The Central Institute of Education, Delhi which later became the Department of Education of Delhi University. 
  • The setting up of Indian Institute of Technology in 1951, the University Grants Commission in 1953 are all credited to his vision. 

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