Silchar: It was a poor setting for the celebration of 57th Teachers’ Day organized by the district administration of Cachar with the auditorium of district library almost in a tottering condition.
It was such a condition that there could be no proper arrangement of light and fan which left a hand count of teachers present in the suffocating hall in this hot and sultry day. A teacher who refused to be identified said never before such a poor attendance and poor arrangement was seen. He attributed it to the lack of coordination of the district administration with the offices of inspector of schools, deputy inspector of schools and district elementary education office.
Whatever might be the arrangement, tributes have to be paid to the great educationist, teacher, philosopher, statesman, thinker and writer, Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, who desired that his birth day should be celebrated as ‘Teachers’ Day’. It was in consonance with his wish that 29 teachers were felicitated for their best of contributions in the field of education and for acting as ‘philosopher, guide and friend’ of students in order to make them a responsible and responsive citizen of the country. Kabindra Purkayastha, former teacher and union minister, speaking as chief guest, laid stress on quality education, presently missing from school curriculum.
Unless, the standard of education, he pointed out, is improved, there can be no education of value and virtue to shape the mind and body of a student and make him a patriotic and useful member of society. S Lakshmanan, Deputy Commissioner of Cachar, advised the teachers and managing committees to address their problems to the district administration for redress.
The core message conveyed in identical manner by other speakers was that the lessons that a child learns from his parents lays the foundation stone for his good rearing and culture. Educationist Dr Biswatosh Choudhury said from school level, till he remains in the portal of education, it is the qualities which are further cultivated to make him a man of ideals and principles and a worthy citizen of the country. Those who addressed the teachers included Ranadip Dam, ADC (Education), Anup Kumar Das, IOS, Sumitra Deb, DEEO and Aminul Haque, MLA.