GUWAHATI, Sept 5 � For their matchless contributions in their respective fields, educationist Dr Mohammed Taher and Gandhian social worker Hema Bharali today received this year�s KC Das Commerce College National Teacher Award and KC Das Commerce College National Achiever Award respectively.
Each of the awards carries a citation, a cheque of Rs 1 lakh, a cheleng chadar and mementos.
Stressing the need to improve the quality and standards of education in the State in view of the emerging challenges, HK Sharma, Commissioner and Secretary, Higher Education, Assam, said that a lot was needed to be done to bring higher education in Assam at par with the global standards.
Chief guest of the occasion, Professor Shrinath Baruah, vice chancellor of the Krishna Kanta Handiqui State Open University, Assam lauded the role played by both the awardees towards the society. Expressing concern over the deteriorating standards of the education, he said that in its present format, education cannot boost the employability of students. He suggested proper implementation of the academic reforms to improve the situation.
The awards ceremony started with the inspirational documentaries on the lives of the both the distinguished personalities, receiving awards today.
Dr Mohammed Taher, retired professor and former Dean, Faculty of Science, Gauhati University is an eminent academician of international repute. Professor Taher has also rendered valuable service in academic field as a chairman of SEBA, and resource person and writer in matters related to new textbooks of SEBA, NCERT, SCERT (Assam) and SSA for primary and secondary level.
Addressing the fellow teachers on the occasion of the Teachers� Day, he said that though the society has held the teachers at a very high position always, some common complaints against them are also a reality. �A teacher must enjoy teaching and for that, confidence acquired through academic proficiency is a must. When we teach the students with preparedness and conviction, we can see their faces beaming as they grasp the knowledge. This fills the teacher with a divine pleasure, that is matchless,� he said.
Nonagenarian Gandhian and freedom fighter Hema Bharali, a renowned social worker actively associated with Bhoodan movement has been dedicatedly working for the uplift of the weak and downtrodden in the society. Lauding the efforts of the KC Das Commerce College, she laid stress on the mutual relation between the individual and society, which has a deep impact on the growth and development of each other.
�People create society and society builds the character of a person. Whatever we give to the society, we receive the same in due course,� she said. She also highlighted that the education system required an overhaul that could create better citizens. �Objective of education is not just to create doctors and technocrats, but to create better human beings, who can contribute in different ways to the society,� she added.
Earlier, Dr Homeswar Kalita principal of the college delivered the welcome address encouraging the students to work dedicatedly for the motherland. Chairman of the KC Das Commerce College Educational Trust Ramesh Ch Chaudhury and governing body president Minati Chaudhury were also present on the occasion, among others.