गुरू गोविन्द दोऊ खड़े, काके लागूं पांय। बलिहारी गुरू अपने गोविन्द दियो बताय।
Every year September 05, across the nation is celebrated as National Teachers Day to express gratitude to the teachers. Actually, it is the birthday of a great teacher Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, who was a very dedicated supporter of humanism, an educationalist and also the second President of India.
Since time immemorial, India has been acknowledged as the Vishwa Guru and it is our teachers who always make sure that we never lose this status. In India and in the life of every student, teachers are the one who have contributed their 100 percent. A good teacher in the life of a student is the One who put unconditional efforts and support in shaping and making his/ her career bright and successful. They also play an important role in making their student a good human being along with proper career so a teacher reserves the place above their parents. They make us strong and prepare us to stand against any difficulty. Teaching profession is a great responsibility than any other profession. It has a great impact on the growth, development and well-being of the students and the nation.
India prides itself on the hallowed tradition of knowledge quest — its Gurukul system and the respect the students extend to their Guru in return. It achieved deeper insights in knowledge, wisdom, and Vivek through the intensive process of prashna-pratiprashna-pariprashna, which has eternal validity and universal acceptability even amongst the modern-day pedagogues.
It is an occasion which respectfully reminds the society and the system – the role the teachers play in the preparation of future generations in the present day centre of education and learning. An exemplary teacher devotes his/ her life time in the quest of knowledge and in transmitting it to the generations ahead.
The true teachers are those who help us think for ourselves. This lays open the path before every sincere, committed and truly empathetic teacher. It is the moral fiber that appears to be in short supply everywhere. India has a far greater responsibility as it is still considered to be the prime source of comprehension in spirituality and humane values.
It is often realized that teachers of the present times often delineate their goals and objectives rather in a routine manner, often dependent on the instructions received from the ‘controlling authorities’. It may include prescribed curriculum, identified activities, and the final examination that determines the future of the learner in highly competitive world of work.
Under such constraints, curiosity, creativity, desire to innovate, and impulse to think gets terribly subdued. These have a direct bearing on the teacher’s capacity to nurture these traits amongst the students. A teacher’s role becomes that of a transmitter of existing knowledge, not as a partner and facilitator in discovering new knowledge. Such conditions impact his (or her) consciousness as well as a feeling of ‘working as per the instructions’ overtakes his/ her own inspiration and motivation. The inherent instinctive urge for ‘liberty to think, to create and reform’, is subdued.
The foremost challenge before the teachers is to provide ‘equality of opportunity of access and success’ to every child under his charge. It requires tremendous mental strength to ascertain the levels of inequalities, and then to strive hard to fill in the gaps. For instance, the recent decision to revert back to examinations at class V and VIII could provide an apt instance of how an incorrect decision ruined the educational advancement of millions of children. The result was a huge number of students moving to upper grades without any learning. The final suffering was inflicted on the students, particularly from Government schools.
Quality is a casualty even in higher education as reports indicate that only 20 percent of the fresh engineering graduates are found ‘up to the mark’ in the job market. It is the bounden duty of the nation to provide equality of opportunity to everyone, right from the beginning and that includes pre-natal care, pre-school education and elementary education. Teachers have a larger role – they need to be active, alert, and wherever necessary, demanding. For students, it is the teacher and the institution that paves the path forward for them in life.
Education overhaul is the core element that could upgrade quality in every sector of human advancement, progress and development. Teachers shall play the prime role in it. Indian teachers have the competence, commitment and must take the lead.
Guru Brahma, Guru Vishnu, Guru devo Maheshwara,
Guru sakshat, param Brahma, tasmai shri guravay namah.
HAPPY TEACHERS DAY