Teachers’ Day: Just another holiday for college students

Many students blame lack of enthusiasm owing to dearth of innovation in celebrating the day.

Written by Atikh Rashid | Published: September 5, 2012 5:07 am

Many students blame lack of enthusiasm owing

to dearth of innovation in celebrating the day

Most of the colleges in the city seem to have cut off themselves from the traditional enthusiam and fervour associated with Teachers’ Day. While students in primary and secondary schools are busy planning and preparing for the day,enthusiasm in colleges is conspicuous by its absence. As a matter of fact,many colleges treat the day as a holiday.

Students who have been organising programmes over the years to mark the day,say,that the response from students is not at all encouraging. Govind Shiurkar,a student of College of Agriculture and co-ordinator of National Service Scheme (NSS),said,“Every year we mark the day by inviting an eminent personality to address and guide students. But the response from the students is very poor. Since the function is orgnanised by NSS,we have to ensure that NSS volunteers attend the programme just to gather enough audience. Others students hardly attend the programme.”

A second year student of Modern College of Engineering Pankaj Raut said the reason for low enthusiasm among students could be their busy schedule and load of assignments.

“Students,who are otherwise busy attending classes and completing assignments,prefer to spend the day enjoying with friends rather than attending a boring lecture or take mock classes. I used to participate in Teachers’ Day celebrations very enthusiastically every year but now I prefer to use the day to either get some important work done or rest at home,” said Raut.

A head of the department with University of Pune,who did not wished to be named,said earlier the department used to celebrate the day but it was discountiued owing to disinterest on the part of the students. “Ideally,it is the students who need to plan and celebrate the day by organising a function to felicitate professors and non-teaching staff. Teachers themselves cannot arrange a function for their felicitation,” he said. Many students blame lack of enthusiasm owing to dearth of innovation in celebrating the day.

“The format of celebrations has remained same over the year. Playing the role of teachers on the day gets mundane when you have done the same throughout your school life. If the organisers can come up with some innovative ideas,more students will show interest,” said Pravin Gandarde,an MBA student of University of Pune.

However,Akanksha Foundation,an NGO that works for welfare of children from low-income communities,has come up with an innovative concept to celebrate the day. The NGO plans to set up simple schools at shopping malls,bust stops and other crowded places with students armed with a blackboard and chalk inviting people to teach them.

“Our message is simple. Use the time you spend in waiting constructively. Teach us,” said Anandi Yagnaraman,director operations,Akanksha.

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