HAPPY TEACHERS’ DAY
Society Exists through transmission. Transmission of tradition, Culture, knowledge, wisdom etc. through communication, observation or habits. The transmission is natural and happens automatically. But, sometimes it needs human intervention to build the future of the society as designed by the leaders and according to need of time and civilization.
Education is designed to shape the future generations with inculcation of intellectual , technical, social and human skills to build healthy relationship in the society they live, they work, they deal with, and to contribute for the growth of economy, science, art and culture in the world.
Teachers play a very crucial role in it. India has witnessed the great teachers starting from Basistha, who trained Lord Ram and Laxman, Drona, who taught kauravas and pandavas and Balmiki, who taught Luv and Kush. In ancient time, the education was not guided by the politics, or by any administrative guidelines, rules or regulations. It was teacher centric. Teachers were selecting the students and teaching them according to their knowledge and wisdom. Veda was the basics of education and other skills the students were learning according to their interest and capability. Learning was happening in co-existence of teacher and student away from home in ashrams.
The execution of education system shifted from human centric approach to social centric approach and considered as a powerful tool for shaping the society. Designing curriculum as per the requirement of social services, human services, building of communities, health care, science, environment with physical, moral and psychological development of human being.
To execute those activities, teacher positions were designed and communicated to the learners. Though the structure of teaching or education has changed, but the basic purpose of learning to enrich the mind and soul to lead a happy life is always there. Though teacher positions were designed by the law to perform intellectual activities like imparting education and delivering lecture, the core expected by the society was always value creation and enrichment of souls.
This country had two great centres of learning Takshila and Nalanda before thousand years and after independence again, when this country planned to restructure its education system free from interventions and dependency from other country, in 1948, University Education Commission was constituted, with basic objective of creating innovative independent thinkers blended with pride of nationality and driven by humanity under the Chairmanship of Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.
Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan in his report tried to emphasise on the precept of “Teach to transform”. He tried to help to restructure the Indian Education System, which will match or better than western education system. There he had suggested equal attention to physical and mental growth of the children with intellectual growth, by taking physical education, art and culture into the perview of higher education. His birthday (5th September) is celebrated as “Teachers’ Day” in India , considered as most respected day and celebrated with high dignity.
The National Education Policy – 2020 also emphasizes on physical and psychological development of children through child care education system and after that providing autonomy to the students to design their own academic career on the basis of their core strengths and career plan with or without help of teachers and parents. The education system designed by Prof. Kasturiangan in purely Learner Centric. But lots of focus is there on autonomy of teachers in designing and executing intellectual frame work for building next generation citizens.
On this teachers’ day, I wish and I am confident that, we the teachers execute this very important responsibility with utmost love and care and committed to build next generation youth, with power of knowledge and truth to transform and lead.
Gurus create the generations like Brahma, Gurus nurture with care like Bishnu, Gurus teach discipline and stay committed to truth like Maheswar, so guru is supreme power inside all of us in the form of light ……………..
Salutations to all Gurus on this teachers day for shaping the lives………………