‘Role of teachers in nation building is paramount’, says PM Narendra Modi

In his last address to the nation during his ‘Mann ki Baat’ programme, Prime Minister Modi said that for him, Teachers Day was an Education Day as well.

By: ANI | New Delhi | Published: September 5, 2016 9:58 am
teachers day, narendra modi, modi on teachers day, teachers day wish, pm modi teachers day, Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan teachers day, india news On Teachers’ Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also paid tribute to Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. (Source: PTI Photo)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday saluted the ‘dedication and commitment’ of all the teachers on the occasion of Teachers’ Day, saying their role in nation building is paramount. “Happy Teachers Day! India salutes the dedication & commitment of all teachers, whose role in nation building is paramount,” Prime Minister Modi tweeted.

The Prime Minister also paid tribute to Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, the second president of India, saying he was a scholar, statesman and a respected teacher who shaped many minds and served India. In his last address to the nation during his ‘Mann ki Baat’ programme, Prime Minister Modi said that for him, Teachers’ Day was an Education Day as well.

“In our life, a teacher holds the same place which a mother does. We have also seen such teachers who care more for their pupils than for themselves. They devote their lives for their disciples, their students,” he said.

“We always feel the contribution of our teachers in our lives. September 5 happens to be the birthday of India’s former president Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan ji and the country celebrates this as Teachers Day. Whatever post he held in his life, he always tried to live like a teacher, an educator.

Not only this, he always said that “a good teacher can only be one who keeps the student within always alive”. Dr. Radhakrishnan ji showed this by living as a teacher and by keeping alive the student within him despite holding the highest office of the president,” he added. Dr Radhakrishnan believed that ‘teachers should be the best minds in the country.’

When he was president, he once said that instead of celebrating his birthday, it would be a privilege for him if his date of birth were to be celebrated as Teachers’ Day, and so from there on, every September 5 is celebrated as Teachers’ Day in India.

Teachers’ Day is celebrated on different days all across the world, and it also varies from the World Teachers’ Day on October 5. In India, September 5 has been celebrated as Teachers’ Day since 1962.

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    Bhaskaran Edathody
    Sep 6, 2016 at 6:44 am
    The sound of this 'bell' is really unforgettable from the day one I entered the Asbs Perur (Aided Senior Basic School, Perur) still actively running at the beautiful Perur Villege of Palakkad District, Kerala. Hitting this metal bar (ume it is a cut-portion of Railway line) with a metal rod was the duty of Shri. Kandan Maash who was the School Peon as I was seeing him from my entrance to the 1st standard. I was so much attracted to the art of hitting this metal bar so once I requested Kandan Maash for allowing me to do that. He got angry and frightened me initially because if it will be watched by the HM (Head Master Shri. Parameswaran Master) as the bell is hanged very close to HM's office room, Kandan Maash will be scolded by HM. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;However, by looking many times at the art of his hammering this bell (even the cles will get start based on the bell sound), Kandan Maash allowed me to rang the bell, that too on a day HM was absent. This way my friendship with Kandan Maash started. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;He was also a cook to make 'Uppuma' made our of wheat grains, which to be given free to the needy poor students. As I'm not in that category, I used to have been attracted with nice smell when the Uppuma getting cooked at final stage. Kandan Maash then used to invite 5 strong/healthy students from upper cles to help him to carry the cooked Uppuma to the corridor where students sits in both sides so Kandan Maash will serve each one taking bowl of Uppuma to each one sitting face-to-face. Kandan Maash will give enough (stomachfull Uppuma to those 5 students helps to carry the big round vessel to the corridor. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;As Kandan maash visualised my eagerness towards his Uppuma, he then slowly started including me among those 5 students. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Anyhow, this Bell has long story to tell. Do not know of the Schools still carry such bells or the newest electronic devices taken its place! This 'bell' also used in exams to 'start' and 'stop' exams. Lot of stories with it. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;A special thanks to all my teachers from 1st standard till graduation from NSS College, Palappuram, Ottapalam. There are an array of Teachers (it was used to name female teachers) and Masters (for male teachers) who made me what I am today. Also my profound love to my parents, sisters and brothers who all forced me to go School..... With profound love and affection to them all....lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Happy #Teachersday to all 😊🌷🌸Edathody K. Bhaskaran
    1. Gurudas Saha
      Sep 6, 2016 at 3:31 pm
      Sir, see that all schools upto Senior Secondary get adequate no. of teachers. Nation Building will then progress at faster pace.