26 SEPTEMBER ISHWAR CHANDRA VIDYASAGAR (1820 to 1891)
Born on 26 Sept 1820 in Midnapore, West Bengal, Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar was an educator, writer, and social reformer. The title ‘Vidyasagar’ (Ocean of Knowledge) was bestowed on him for his vast knowledge of several subjects. He revolutionised the education system in Bengal, and his efforts to simplify and modernize Bengali prose were significant. ‘Borno Porichoy’ (Introduction to the Letter) written by him is still used as the introductory text to learn Bengali alphabets. Vidyasagar was vocal about women’s rights, and he endeavoured to change their status in society by opening numerous schools for women in Bengal. He was a reformist, a scholar, and a man of exceptional vision. Vidyasagar passed away on 29 July 1891.
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