Shimla: Marking the celebration of State level Teacher’s Day function organized today at the Centre of Excellence, government college Sanjauli, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur honoured 20 teachers of the State with National and State level awards.
Jai Ram Thakur honoured Principal Government Adarsh Senior Secondary School, Nerwa district Shimla, Kewal Ram Chauhan, Lecturer, GSSS Amboya, district Sirmour Narinder Singh Negi, Lecturer GSSS Bayad, district Hamirpur Nardev Singh, DPE GSSS Sundernagar, district Mandi Ramesh Chand, DPE GSSS Shong, district Kinnaur Karam Chand, Art Teacher GSSS Matahani, district Hamirpur Pawan Bala, Art Teacher GSSS Shamtha, district Shimla Kewal Ram Kanta, Shastri, GSSS Muthan, district Kangra Lal Chand, PET, GHS Dugha, district Hamirpur Joginder Singh Shandil, JBT GPS Sandhrah, district Sirmour Jai Prakash, CHT Government Kendra Primary School, Hamirpur Kusma Kumari and CHT Sanjeev Jistu of Shimla with the State level awards on the occasion.
The National level awards were given to Sanjay Deshta of GSSS Lalpani, Janmjay Singh Guleria of Khanyara Khas, district Kangra and Meena Kumari of GSSS Mandi.
While congratulating the teachers, particularly the award winners on the occasion of the Teacher’s Day, the Chief Minister said the teachers were the real architects of the nation. He said that teachers should also focus on value added education and the students must also be taught to respect their values, culture and traditions. He said that students must be taught to respect their parents, teachers and elders, besides showing their respect and love for the nation.
Jai Ram Thakur said that among all, teacher and pupil relationship was the pious one. The teachers were the builders of the Nation since the solid foundation was laid by them as they imbibe high moral values amongst the students. He said that a teacher should not create student in their own image but develop such students who were capable of creating their own image. He said that the State Government had launched several new schemes in the field of education to strengthen the education sector.
He said that the State Government had earmarked Rs. 7044 crore for the education sector and now the stress was on imparting quality education to the students. He said that ‘Akhand Shikha Jyoti Mere School Se Nikle Moti’ had been launched for motivating the students to perform best in the schools.
The Chief Minister released the souvenir brought out to mark the celebration. He also released booklet ‘Nai Talim’ on the occasion.
Education Minister Suresh Bhardwaj said that Teacher’s Day was celebrated every year to mark the birth anniversary of great intellectual and multifaceted personality, late Dr. S.Radhakrishanan, who had great interest in teaching. He said that the State had been laying greater emphasis over the quality education wherein teachers had to play pivotal role. He said that in the age of competition, students needed to be prepared to face any challenge in their lives. He said that Himachal Pradesh was the only state in the country with 100 per cent enrolment in 11th standard. He said that teachers must not shy away from taking new initiatives and innovations in teaching for betterment of the students.
Secretary Education Dr. Arun Sharma narrated initiatives taken by the State in education sector to make Himachal Pradesh an ‘Education Hub’ of the country. He said that the teachers should prepare themselves for the new challenges of the new era of information technology.