"The Prime Minister paid tributes to Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan on the occasion. Teacher, scholar and statesman, he remains an inspiration for the entire nation," a statement issued by the Prime Minister's Office said. Modi also extended his greetings to teachers on the occasion.

"Teachers' Day greetings! We salute all teachers, who tirelessly light the lamp of knowledge," the statement said. Teachers' Day is celebrated every year on September 5 to mark the birthday of Radhakrishnan.

Earlier on Thursday on the eve of Teachers’ Day, Modi said India should regain the status of 'vishwaguru' (leader in education) by according high respect to teachers whom he asked to encourage students to think critically about issues concerning nation.

In an email message to teachers, he told them that their determination and sincerity will shape the destiny of the nation as they are laying the foundation and the building blocks of the society.

"Teaching is not just another profession. It is a divine responsibility to guide and enlighten," Modi said in his message of greetings.

He said that by according high status to the teaching community, India had once attained the status of 'vishwaguru'.

J&K students to miss PM’s speech

Meanwhile, students of Jammu and Kashmir will not be able to listen to Prime Minister's address on Friday on the occasion of Teachers’ Day as the state government has ordered closure of all the schools in view of heavy rain and floods.

The decision to close all the government and private schools of the state was taken at a Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah.

"The Cabinet ordered closure of government and private schools and colleges in the state till September 7," an official spokesman said after the meeting.

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The schools shall reopen on September 8. "The closure has been ordered to ensure safety of school going children," an official spokesman said.

The state has been lashed by heavy rain for the past three days leaving several parts of the state flooded.

At least 20 people have lost their lives and 45 are still missing.

The closure of schools means that students of the state will not be able to listen to Modi's address which he is scheduled to make on Friday.

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