India remembers Maulana Azad on National Education Day

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Maulana Azad

On the occasion of National Education Day, Union Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal greeted the nation. He hailed the first Education Minister of the country for his works.

National Education Day is celebrated every year on November 11 to mark the birth anniversary of independent India’s first education minister Maulana Abul Kalam Azad. A freedom fighter, scholar and an eminent educationist, Maulana Azad was a key architect of India’s education policy and served as Union Education Minister from 1947 to 1958 in Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru’s cabinet.

He was responsible for setting up apex education bodies like the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and the University Grants Commission (UGC). On National Education Day, India remembers Maulana Azad’s contributions to nation-building.

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The Central Government, with a resolution on September 11, 2008, declared November 11 as National Education Day. The first National Education Day celebrations were inaugurated by then President Pratibha Patil on November 11, 2008, at Delhi’s Vigyan Bhawan.

The leader was posthumously awarded Bharat Ratna – India’s highest civilian award – in 1992.

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