In 2008, the Ministry of Human Resource Development made an announcement that reads: “The ministry has decided to commemorate the birthday of this great son of India by recalling his contribution to the cause of education in India. November 11 every year, from 2008 onward, will be celebrated as the National Education Day, without declaring it a holiday.”
Maulana Sayyid Abul Kalam Ghulam Muhiyuddin Ahmed bin Khairuddin Al-Hussaini Azad popularly called Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad served as the first Minister of Education of independent India. An Indian scholar and independence activist, he was one of the senior leaders of the Indian National Congress.
Maulana Azad organized a national education system during his tenure as education minister. His focus was on free primary education to all. Azad was awarded Bharat Ratna in 1992 for his contributions towards the field of education.
He was also a pioneer for the establishing of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) and the foundation of the University Grants Commission (UGC).
Motivational quotes by Maulana Azad
“Be more dedicated to making solid achievements than in running after swift but synthetic happiness.”
“Many people plant trees but few of them get the fruit of it.”
“Climbing to the top demands strength, whether it is to the top of Mount Everest or the top of your career.”
“Teaching by the tongue can be perspired but by good deed can stay stronger. “
Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad
“Educationists should build the capacities of the spirit of inquiry, creativity, entrepreneurial, and moral leadership among students and become their role model.”