Friday, September 5, 2008

Teacher’s Day

Today, September 5th is celebrated as teacher’s day. It is celebrated as a compliment to the contribution made by the teachers to the society. It is the birthday of Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan who was a scholar, president of India and above all a teacher. When Dr.S.Radhakrishnan became the president of India in 1962, some of his friends and students asked his permission to celebrate his birthday. But he replied “instead of celebrating my birth day, if it is celebrated as teachers day, it would be my proud privilege”. From then onwards, we celebrate September 5th as teachers day in India.

Teachers have the main role in molding a new generation. If they can do it for social commitment too, it means more. Now I really understand the value of The Times of India’s TEACH INDIA initiative. It is such a wonderful act to educate poor or under privileged children. They started this plan for fulfilling this dream of teaching poor.

5 metro cities from India were selected for this initiative. Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai, Kolkotta and Bangalore are these 5 metros. Thousands of applicants were ready for this job. Students, housewives, businessmen, executives and senior citizens came forward to make this initiative success. As the first step these volunteers will be given training. After that they can choose their convenient timings to teach the children. It is only 2 hours in a week.

Teaching is not merely a job, but it is a social commitment. So in this teachers day we can heartily congratulate a news media's attempt to raise the value of teachers in a socially committed way.

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