JORABAT, Sept 5 - Dr Mridul Hazarika, former Vice Chancellor of the Gauhati University, has been honoured with the �Outstanding Academic Leadership Award� for his contribution to academics and research by the University of Science and Technology � Meghalaya (USTM).
The award was presented to him today on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Dr Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan. After receiving the award from Mahbubul Hoque, Chancellor of the USTM, Dr Hazarika said that respect for diversity, tolerance and sensitivity are the core values of individuals, which are to be inculcated by teachers.
Teachers from all the departments of the USTM and the Regional Institute of Science and Technology were also felicitated at a function held at the central auditorium of the USTM on the Teachers� Day.
Addressing a gathering of academics, Dr Mridul Hazarika said: �Teaching and learning is a never-ending process. The challenge here is to mould individuals
by developing required skills and values, thus confronting the challenges of building institutions, society and the nation.�
Developing good habits will contribute to development of good character, and in the present age of technology, people must know how to combine technology and emotion to become better human beings, he added.
Earlier, in his welcome address, the USTM Chancellor said that teachers are the architects of society who usher in real transformation. �The best teacher is the one who inspires, encourages, motivates
and gives vision to his students. If a good teacher leaves my institution, I feel as if a pillar of the building has gone,� he said.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr PK Goswami, Vice Chancellor of USTM, said that teachers are the backbone of the society, and their role in shaping the lives of students and the young generation matters a lot.