National Education Day is celebrated every year on 11 November in India. The purpose of this day is to spread public awareness about the importance of education. This day is celebrated on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, the first Education Minister of India. Today we are going to tell you some special things related to the first education minister of the country, let us know…
Maulana Abul Kalam Azad was born on 11 November 1888. Azad was a great freedom fighter, educationist, journalist and writer. Maulana Abul Kalam Azad has also served as the President of the Indian National Congress. He was appointed as the first Education Minister of India. He has made significant contributions in modernizing the education system of the country and making it accessible to all.
Maulana Abul Kalam Azad considered education as the basis of India’s development. Azad emphasized on making education secular and equally accessible. He proposed to make primary education compulsory and free. Apart from this, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad had also established many institutions to promote university education.
These are some special facts related to the country’s first education minister.
The real name of the country’s first Education Minister was ‘Abul Kalam Ghulam Muhiuddin’, who later came to be known as Maulana Azad. The Education Minister had adopted ‘Azad’ as his surname. Maulana Abul Kalam Azad gained popularity through his work as a journalist. Maulana Abul Kalam Azad started writing poetry in Urdu language from a young age. He became the President of the Indian National Congress in 1923 at the age of only 35. He was made the leader of the ‘Khilafat Movement’ (1919-26). Azad made special contributions in modernizing and making the education system accessible. Maulana Abul Kalam Azad was made the first Education Minister of independent India. Azad’s birth anniversary is celebrated as National Education Day in India. Maulana Abul Kalam Azad was posthumously awarded Bharat Ratna in the year 1992.
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