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National Education Day 2022: PM pays tribute to Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Jayanti on birth anniversary

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has paid tributes to Maulana Azad on his birth anniversary. The Prime Minister also remembered his contribution in the freedom movement and his passion for education.

The Prime Minister tweeted, “Remembering Maulana Azad on his birth anniversary. He is widely admired for his scholarly nature and intellectual prowess. He remained at the forefront of our freedom movement, working closely with other leading lights. He was also passionate about education.”

National Education Day is celebrated every year in India on 11 November. The day is celebrated to commemorate the birth anniversary of our first education Minister, Abul Kalam Ghulam Muhiyuddin, also known as Maulana Abul Kalam Azad.

Maulana Abul Kalam Azad was a freedom fighter, a politician, and an eminent educationist who was well versed in Arabic, Persian, English, and other languages. He was Independent India’s first education ministerwho served the nation from 1947 to 1958. His contribution in the freedom struggle and in the realm of education has been monumental, hence this day is observed every year to celebrate his passion of nation-building through education.

Who was Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad?

Since Maulana Azad was born on 11 November, 1888, this day was declared as the National Education Day by the Ministry of Human Resource Development in the year 2008. His birth anniversary is marked to remember his ideals of nation-building and to celebrate his paramount contribution to shaping the education system.

Maulana Azad supported Gandhiji’s Non-Cooperation Movement and was also arrested in 1930 for participating in Gandhiji’s Salt Satyagraha. He went on to become the youngest President of the Indian National Congress at the age of 35.

The education Minister also played a significant role in shaping the modern education system. The University Grants Commission (UGC), IIT Kharagpur, Indian Institute of Science Bangalore (IISc) were all established under his tenure.

He was also one of the founding members of Delhi’s Jamia Millia Islamia University, which was established in 1920.

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