President of India presents
National Awards to teachers on the occasion of Teachers’ Day
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee presented National Awards to
teachers from across the country at a function at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi
today (September 5, 2013) on the occasion of Teachers’ Day.
Speaking on the occasion, the President said that a sound education system is
the bedrock of an enlightened society. It is the cornerstone on which a
progressive, democratic society is built - where rule of law prevails, where
there is a high degree of civility and respect for the rights of others as well
as our own.
The President said that development, to his mind, is about people, their
values and their faithfulness to their spiritual and cultural heritage. He
stated that as we move forward, it is a holistic education that should play a
definitive role in shaping our values. He stated that he saw a pivotal role for
the teachers in re-setting the moral compass. The teachers have to help our
youth imbibe the essential civilizational values.
The President said that we need to create systems for continuous assessment
of the quality of education and the outcome of our educational inputs. Our
educational institutions have such teachers who can shape the thoughts of the
young minds. Through words, actions and deeds, such teachers inspire the
students and elevate them to a higher level of performance and thinking. Such
inspired teachers should be encouraged to share their knowledge, wisdom and
philosophy with the larger student community. He called upon teachers to stay
firm on the path of leading India forward to its next golden age.
Also present on the occasion were Shri M.M. Pallam Raju, Union Minister of
Human Resource Development, Shri Jitin Prasada, Minister of State for Human
Resource Development and Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Minister of State for Human
Courtesy : PIB