GUWAHATI, Sept 5 - Paying reverence to the teachers for their special contribution to the society, Industries and Commerce Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary said teachers� sacrifice and hard work help in nurturing future citizens and play a major role in nation building.
While attending the 56th State-level Teacher�s Day function held at Rabindra Bhawan here today, the Minister stated that parents are the first teachers and then come the teachers in schools and colleges, who influence the life of a student and hence should work in cohesion to bring out the best in a child.
He mentioned that teachers must put in all efforts to build a healthy relationship with the students for their mental and spiritual growth. �This is in accordance with our guru-shishya tradition of Indian philosophy.� In this context he also mentioned about Manikanchan Sanyog of Srimanta Sankardev and Sri Sri Madhavdev.
He also stressed the importance of skilled human resources to get success in the competitive world of modern era. He stated, �If the in-built talent one is born with dies without it being explored and used for society, then that is the biggest tragedy of life and not death.� He emphasised that teachers have a crucial role to play in this regard in bringing out the best in a child as they are the pillars of society.
He distributed awards to 27 Elementary and Secondary teachers at the function.
Vice Chancellor of Cotton University Dr Bhabesh Chandra Goswami recalled the life and work of Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan and called upon the teachers to imbibe his teachings to take the society forward.
The programme was attended by AK Tewari, Principal Secretary, Higher Education; Preetom Saikia, Commissioner and Secretary, Elementary Education, RC Jain, Commissioner and Secretary, Secondary Education; Aruna Rajoria, Mission Director, Assam Sarba Shiksha Abhiyan, Dr M Angamuthu, Deputy Commissioner, Kamrup Metro, along with a host of other officials.
Elsewhere, Teacher�s Day was celebrated at the Khanapara Adarsha Prathamik Vidyalaya with participation of teachers, guardians and local citizens.
Pranati Gogoi, Headmistress of the school, presided over the function, while Chittaranjan Saikia explained the purpose of the meeting and welcomed the guests.
Addressing the function as the chief guest, senior journalist DN Chakravartty said that Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, the second President of India, was acclaimed by a large section of leaders all over the world as a noble teacher and a great philosopher. Referring to the ideals propounded by Dr Radhakrishnan, Chakravartty said that education is the process of creation and recreation of tradition and handing it over from one generation to the other. He attributed the loss of morals and student unrest to the loss of leadership by teachers and gross irresponsibility of the parents.