Why is National Education Day celebrated on 11 November only?

National Education Day is being celebrated in India every year on 11 November. Legally, this day has started from 11 November 2008. It was started by the then President of India Pratibha Patil at Vigyan Bhawan. Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India which is now Ministry of Education It is now known as But why this day is celebrated on November 11 and what is the importance of National Education Day, let us know.

The main purpose behind celebrating National Education Day in India is the birth anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad. The Ministry of Human Resource Development has announced to observe this day to take a look at the contribution made by Azad as the first Education Minister of India.

Who was Maulana Abul Kalam Azad?

Maulana Azad was born on 11 November 1888. He is also known as the principal architect of education in independent India. Maulana Abul Kalam Azad was the Education Minister of India from 15 August 1947 to 2 February 1958.

As India's first education minister, Azad emphasized on educating the rural poor and girls. Maulana Abul Kalam was a reformer, freedom fighter, a scholar and eminent educationist, who contributed significantly to nation building through education.

Significant contribution in the field of education

Maulana Abul Kalam Azad became active in journalism in his teens. In 1912, he started publishing the weekly Urdu newspaper Al-Hilal (The Crescent). During his tenure as the Chairman of the Central Advisory Board of Education, he worked for adult literacy, free and compulsory education for all children up to 14 years of age.

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Emphasized on girl child education and secondary education. Kalam had said that education is the most important element for the progress and prosperity of a nation. Every year on 11 November to remember the contribution of Maulana Azad in the field of nation building, institution building and education national education day is celebrated as

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