Teachers Day 2016: President Mukherjee interacts with students, presents National awards to teachers

President Mukherjee also presented National awards to teachers for their distinguished services

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:September 5, 2016 3:39 pm
teachers day, Radhakrishnan, teachers day 2016, president mukherjee, teachers day celebration, teachers day quotes, education news, indian express New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee teaching students in a class at a Government School on the occasion of Teacher’s Day in New Delhi on Monday. PTI Photo

President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday interacted with students of Dr. Rajendra Prasad Sarvodaya Vidyalaya at President’s Estate on the occasion of Teachers Day. He gave a lesson to around 80 students of Classes 11 and 12.

During the interaction, President Mukherjee talked about India’s political history, its development since independence and menace of terrorism in the country and across the world.

On the occasion, the President urged teachers to promote students to ask questions. He said they must take care of innovation in students.

President Mukherjee also presented National awards to teachers for their distinguished services. He also received the first copy of a booklet Umang 2015 which was released by Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi Manish Sisodia.

Calling the teachers to imbibe technology in imparting education, President Pranab Mukherjee today said they should instill in children civilisational values of sacrifice, tolerance, pluralism, understanding and compassion.

Greeting the teachers on the occasion of Teachers’ Day, Mukherjee, who started his career as a teacher, said this is an occasion when “we recognise the dedicated services of the teachers of our nation”.

Read: Teachers’ Day 2016: Why is it celebrated on September 5 in India?

In a series of messages on twitter, Mukherjee said a sound education system is the bedrock of an enlightened society.

“Inspired teachers are the building blocks of a good education system. An inspired teacher links the individual goals of the students to the societal and national goals,” he said in the message.

He said teachers need to imbibe technology and new methodologies to create modern and effective approaches to teaching and learning and extended good wishes to entire teaching community for their dedication and commitment to the great cause of educating country’s youth.

Teachers’ Day is celebrated on the birth anniversary of second President of the country Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, a revered educationist, philosopher and recipient of highest civilian honour of the country Bharat Ratna.

A scholar of comparative religion and proponant of Advaita Vendanata who countered western criticism of Hinduism, Radhakrishnan held the King George fifth Chair of Mental and Moral Science at the University of Calcutta between 1921 and 1932 and was Spalding Professor of Eastern Religion and Ethics at University of Oxford between 1936 and 1952.

— with inputs from ANI

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