From Our Special Correspondent
Silchar, Sept 5: On the occasion of the 56th Teachers’ Day, 29 school teachers from various educatiol institutions of Cachar were felicitated by the district administration. It was quite in tune with the spirit and ideal of the day, dedicated to Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishn, a great teacher, philosopher, thinker, writer, statesman and a source of inspiration to all right thinking people across the world. It was his profound knowledge that earned him laurels from the academic and non-academic world. It was also the occasion to recall that Dr. Radhakrishn was Vice-President of India twice and later on President of the country.
It was his erudition that made him the Vice-Chancellor of several universities including Kolkata, Baras and Madras. Jawahar Lal Nehru was so impressed by his knowledge that he was sent to Moscow as an ambassador of peace. Stalin who rarely met anybody came out and walked down all the way to meet him. The significance of the day lies in the fact that after he became President of India, some teachers and students met him and wished that his birthday should be celebrated by them. Dr. Radhakrishn instead advised them to celebrate his birthday as Teachers’ Day.
At a simple but solemn function organized by the district administration of Cachar, the teachers felicitated were Mohanlal Prajapati, Asabuddin Barbhuiya, Mihirko Chakraborty, Rekha Chakraborty, Alok Paul, Di Dasgupta, rendra Chandra Suklabaidya, Mahibur Rahman Laskar, Jayshree Bhattacharjee, Matiur Rahman Laskar, Nihar Ranjan Baidya, M Gopal Sinha, Kutub Uddin Laskar, Aloka Das, Budhan Pratap Bhattacharjee, Dilip Purkayastha, Mrinmoy Kanti th, K Birendra Singha, Kajori Choudhury, Alim Uddin Laskar, Hema Rani Sinha, Sanjay Bhattacharjee, Motiur Rahman Mazarbhuiya, Dipti Paul, Sisir Ranjan Deb, Bijoy th, Dipankar Chanda, Shibani Dhar and Mainul Haque Mazarbhuiya.
Kabindra Purkayastha, former Union Minister and an educationist, who graced the occasion as chief-guest, said, “Teachers play vital role in shaping and moulding the character and future of students. Their responsibility is immense. Society expects of them to discharge their duties and responsibilities with all sense of commitment and attachment.” He wished teachers felicitated on the occasion, both retired and in service, for their happier and longer innings of life.
Srimanta Dutta, former principal of Gurucharan College and a distinguished teacher, who presided at the function, said, “Teachers are the backbone of society and the future of students lies in their hands. They are truly the friend, philosopher and guide of students.” This brings out the important role they are expected to play in any educatiol institution. In their identical addresses, Harendra Kumar Hazarika, DEEO Cachar, Nurul Haque Mazarbhuiya, DI of Schools, Arup Kumar Das, IOS Cachar, and Radhir Dam, ADC (Education), said even after their retirement, teachers should not detached themselves from the society. It would be best of services if they could get involved in reaching out education to those who needed it.
Dipankar Chanda, former principal of Government Boys’ Higher Secondary School of this town, took the opportunity to speak out their minds by pointing out their difficulties in the discharge of their duties due to the constraints in respect of infrastructure, teaching staff as well as delayed payment of salary. Still, teachers to the best of their ability are conscious of their onerous responsibility. A large number of students from various schools were also present to witness the felicitation of their teachers. Arup Kumar Das, IOS, offered vote of thanks.