1. Savitribai Phule: Savitribai Phule was an Indian social reformer. She along with her husband Jyotirao Phule opened the first girl's school in Pune. She was also the first female teacher in her school. She is considered to be one of the earliest pioneers of female education.
2. Dayanand Saraswati: Dayanand Saraswati was a Hindu reformer who founded Arya Samaj. He was a great advocate of female education and right to education for all. He also established separate vedic schools for boys and girls where education was imparted on the basis of ancient vedic principle. The Dayanand Anglo Vedic Schools or DAV schools still incorporate his teachings in their curriculum for students.
3. Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam: Abdul Kalam was not just the ex-President of India or a scientist but was an excellent teacher. After leaving office as the President, Dr. Kalam joined IIM Shillong, Ahmedabad, and Indore as a visiting professor. He was also an Honorary Fellow at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.
4. Rabindranath Tagore: Rabindranath Tagore was a visionary who absolutely abhorred methods of 'rote learning'. He founded the Visva Bharati University in Shantiniketan where students were educated on not just bookish knowledge but also given emotional, intellectual and spiritual guidance.
5. Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan: The Teacher's Day is celebrated to commemorate the birth anniversary of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. He was an exemplary teacher and was a favorite of his students. Upon being approached by his students to celebrate his birthday, he asked the day to be celebrated as Teacher's Day in honor of all the teachers across the country.
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