National education day: Remembering Abul Kalam Azad, India’s first education minister

“I am part of the indivisible unity that is Indian nationality” – Maulana Abul Kalam Azad

Azad’s real name was Abul Kalam Ghulam Muhiyuddin who eventually became known as Maulana Azad. He had adopted Azad (Free) as his pen name Azad started composing poetry in Urdu language at a very young age.

He also wrote treatises on religion and philosophy. He rose to prominence through his work as a journalist, publishing works critical of the British Raj and espousing the causes of Indian nationalism

Azad became the youngest person to serve as the President of the Indian National Congress at the age of 35 in 1923

Azad became the leader of the ‘Khilafat Movement’ (1919-26), during which, he came into close contact with the Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi.

During this period, Azad became an enthusiastic supporter of Gandhi’s ideas of non-violent civil disobedience and worked to organise the non-cooperation movement in protest of the 1919 Rowlatt Acts.

Azad became the most prominent Muslim leader to oppose the creation of Pakistan

He became the first Minister of Education in independent IndiaHis birth anniversary is celebrated as the National Education Day in India. In 1992, he was posthumously awarded the Bharat Ratna.

National Education Day 2019

National Education Day is celebrated every year on November 11 in India. It is celebrated to commemorate the birth anniversary of the first Education Minister of India, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad. A freedom fighter, renowned writer, poet, and journalist Abul Kalam Ghulam Muhiyuddin was born on November 11, 1888.

On September 11, 2008, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) decided, to celebrate November 11 as National Education Day every year. The main motto behind this day is to spread awareness about education and make every person literate. He was under his leadership that the first IIT – IIT Kharagpur was set up in 1951 and passed away in 1958.

Education is very necessary, it is an ultimate way to get victory over all the personal and social problems. On the occasion of his birth anniversary and National Education Day here are some famous quotes by Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, to inspire you.

”Education imparted by heart can bring revolution in the society.” – Maulana Abul Kalam Azad

”We have not invaded anyone. We have not conquered anyone. We have not grabbed their land, their culture, their history and tried to enforce our way of life on them.” – Maulana Abul Kalam Azad

”Educationists should build the capacities of the spirit of inquiry, creativity, entrepreneurial and moral leadership among students and become their role model.’‘ – Maulana Abul Kalam Azad

”Climbing to the top demands strength, whether it is to the top of Mount Everest or to the top of your career.” – Maulana Abul Kalam Azad


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