"Mediocre teacher tells, good teacher explains, superior teacher demonstrates and a great teacher inspires" - Vice President, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu
The Vice President, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu presented the National Award to Teachers – 2016 on the occasion of Teachers’ Day, in New Delhi today. Shri Venkaiah Naidu also launched DIKSHA portal, a national digital infrastructure for teachers. DIKSHA will enable, accelerate and amplify solutions in the realm of teacher education.
Speaking on the occasion, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu remembered Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, an educationist and scholar par excellence. He congratulated the winners of the awards for the invaluable services rendered by them. He said this felicitation to teachers is inspiration to others to perform in the future. He emphasized on the importance of mother tongue and we must respect it. He also said that mediocre teacher tells, good teacher explains, superior teacher demonstrates and a great teacher inspires. A teacher should have an ideal behavior which can leave direct impression on their students as values are caught and they cannot be taught.
The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that we need teachers who have the required competence, confidence and commitment to make a difference to the educational landscape of our country. He was addressing the gathering after giving away the National Award to Teachers – 2016, here today. The Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Shri Prakash Javadekar, the Ministers of State for Human Resource Development, Shri Upendra Kushwaha, Dr. Satya Pal Singh, the Secretary, Department of School Education & Literacy, Shri Anil Swarup and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.
The Vice President said that today, on Teachers' Day, we reverentially remember first Vice President of India, Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan a great teacher, an intellectual giant and an eloquent exponent of Hindu thought, on his birth anniversary. He congratulated all teachers who were receiving National Award to Teachers - 2016. He further said that he appreciate the work of numerous unsung heroes in classrooms of our country. The ‘real education’ to foster all round development of students is what should aim for and there should be holistic development of students with equal emphasis on academic excellence and skills for self-employment or gainful employment, he added.
The Vice President said that the teachers, are the ‘Bharata Bhagya Vidhatas’ (shapers of India’s development) and they are dedicating their time and energy to shape individuals for creating New India. He further said that the teachers have a formidable responsibility for India to achieve 100 per cent literacy in next five years. India was once known as “Vishwa Guru” with people from across the globe flocking to our ancient seats of learning like Nalanda and Takshashila, he added.
The Vice President said that India’s value system, culture and heritage should be accorded due importance in the syllabus. Today all teachers must pledge to transform classrooms into hubs of joyful learning and raise the education system to a much higher level, he advised.
"Society which respects the dignity of the teacher is a progressive society" – Prakash Javadekar
On the occasion Shri Prakash Javadekar greeted one crore teachers of the country. He said that the society which respects the dignity of the teacher is a progressive society, the one which is ours. And our teachers should perform efficiently so that society can value them as they were valued in our ancient teaching system. He told that the ministry is continuously making efforts in the direction of quality education for all i.e "Sabko Shiksha aur Acchi Shiksha". He also reiterated the message of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to teachers –“teach to transform, educate to empower and learn to lead”.
Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Shri Upendra Kushwaha congratulated the winners of National Award to Teachers – 2016. He said to overcome the challenge to provide quality education to each and every child of our country, the Government of India and teachers should work collectively to achieve it.
Addressing on the occasion Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Dr. Satya Pal Singh said whatever we are today is because of our teachers. Teachers have that capacity to make a New India by inculcating knowledge, values, wisdom in the students who are the future of this country.
Shri Anil Swarup, Secretary, Department of School Education and Literacy gave vote of thanks on the occasion.
The award carries a Silver Medal, Certificate and Rs.50, 000/- as award money.