New Delhi, September 6: President Ram Nath Kovind said that the teachers have a very important responsibility of laying the foundation of a child’s future. Notably, this he said on Tuesday after 319 recipients of ‘National Awards to Meritorious Teachers’ at Rashtrapati Bhavan. This is the first time that a high tea has been hosted by award winning teachers by the President of India on Teachers' Day at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Speaking on the occasion, the President firstly congratulated the award winning teachers who had received awards earlier today. On this occasion, he said that Dr. S. Radhakrishnan, former President of India, was an illustrious teacher. On his birth anniversary which is celebrated as Teachers’ Day, we pay our respect and regards to teachers. He said that in Indian culture, teachers are seen as equivalent to God.
The President further said that Dr. S. Radhakrishnan, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam and Shri Pranab Mukherjee became Presidents but are cherished as teachers. Even Gandhiji taught English to underprivileged children in Delhi. He urged the teaching fraternity to embrace the importance of their profession and ensure that there is no decline in standards of education. He stated that he was confident that they would fulfill their responsibilities earnestly. He said that Dr. Radhakrishnan had once observed that “When we think we know, we cease to learn”. It is, therefore, important that all of us, including teachers, should never stop learning.
The President also noted that India is a land of diversity. Children in schools are from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. Teachers need to take care of this. They should make an effort to understand the child’s family background and minimise disparity among the students of a class.
The President said that we all need to give back to society. In our tradition imparting education has been termed as ‘VidyaDaan’. Teachers build the next generation. They can be role models for their students with their actions and deeds. It is for teachers to bring out the best in their children. Quoting Kabir, the President stated that the status of teachers is very high. They shape a child’s life. It is important that our children should be taught to be good human beings first and imbibe the values of honesty and integrity. Only then will they excel in the profession they choose. Thus, he said that teachers are the most important nation builders.
Among the dignitaries present on the occasion were Prakash Javadekar, Human Resource Development Minister Dr. Satyapal Singh. Students from National Bal Bhavan also presented a cultural performance.