AUDIO DICTATION OF SPEECH BY THE PRESIDENT OF INDIA, SHRI PRANAB MUKHERJEE AT THE PRESENTATION OF NATIONAL AWARDS TO MERITORIOUS TEACHERS ON THE OCCASION OF TEACHER’S DAY
Dear Teachers, There was a time when we had renowned seats of learning like Takshashila, Nalanda, Vikramashila, Valabi, Somapura and Odantpuri. They attracted scholars from far and wide. The powerful minds who taught at such universities created an exalted position for our ancient education system. We have to regain our leadership position. We look towards teachers to guide the way. We must ensure that our education system attracts talent to the academic profession.
Our teachers need to get themselves a new orientation and evolve new methodologies to create relevant and effective approaches to teaching and learning. They also need to continuously renew their capabilities through research, experimentation and innovation to achieve excellence. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is another area where teachers have to keep pace with rapidly changing technologies. It is essential for teachers to be comfortable in using ICT themselves first. With the advancement in communication technology leading to increased flow of information, the teachers need to be guide the students not only to benefit from the freely available information but also not to get overwhelmed by the incessant flow of information. The improved communication technology has and to ensure that the students get full benefit of ICT including children with special needs.
We must work for the long term goal of creating institutional facilities for innovative training and professional development of teachers. I am sure that Government of India’s Scheme of Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya National Mission for Teachers and Teaching will address all these urgent priorities and the related issues in a holistic manner.
Education empowers and enables a nation. A sound education system is the bedrock of an enlightened society. To build India of our dreams, the foremost task before us is to improve the quality of education infusing modern technologies and addressing the concerns of equality.
Friends, it is ingrained in us to believe that while our parents give us life, it is our “gurus” that shape our character and aspirations. You are the gurus; and you have the responsibility of creating leaders of the future. In present times, emphasis on values such as hard work, integrity, truthfulness, scientific temper, sensitivity towards our environment and honesty is very essential. My dear teachers, it is you who can inculcate such important values, practicing these by yourselves, in your students to make them virtuous citizens.
I take this opportunity to recognise, with deep appreciation, the professional dedication with which you all have played a commendable role in making our nation a confident, vibrant and modern India. I congratulate all the teachers who are being recognised with awards. To all of you, I wish success for your future endeavours. I also convey my best wishes to the entire teaching community in the country and call upon them to stay firm on the path of leading India forward to its next golden age.
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