New Delhi, May 30: Teachers have an onerous responsibility of instilling in the minds of students rich cultural ethos, tolerance and innovation for the wellbeing of society, said President Pranab Mukherjee at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Speaking on the occasion, The President said that development, to his mind, is not merely the installation of more industrial units; construction of high rise buildings; dams; roads etc. The connotation of development incorporates culmination of people’s adherence to values and their faithfulness to their spiritual and cultural heritage.
A holistic education system enables us to put values at the forefront of the educational enterprise in schools and colleges. Such a system is conducive to the ideal development of society. He saw a pivotal role for teachers in this endeavour. The teachers share an onerous responsibility of instilling in the minds of students, rich cultural ethos, tolerance and innovation for the wellbeing of society.
From the Vedic era to modern times, we have had ‘gurus’ who nourished the minds and intellect of our people. Such teachers are there even today. He said that he calls them inspired teachers. They encourage students to be inquisitive about extant knowledge. They prompt them to question the established facts in their disciplines. They do not seek only answers from students; rather they want students to raise questions. Inspired teachers themselves have deep knowledge of their subject areas. They are able to assist students in understanding and appreciating the subject from different perspectives, and in fact, help them in constructing the frontiers of knowledge.
The competent and motivated pool of teachers, through their collective efforts, can create a society full of strong minds and courageous hearts, and through them alter the history of a nation. Education is the true alchemy that can bring India to its next golden age.