My dear Students,

Teachers’ Day is a day that is dedicated in appreciation of the hard work put in by the teachers all year long. In India, Teachers’ Day is celebrated on 5th of September. Teachers’ Day is a dedication to Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, who was a strong believer of quality education for everyone and was one of the most well known Diplomats, a Scholar, President of India and above all a Teacher. As a tribute to this great teacher, his birthday is observed as Teachers’ Day. This day is a manifestation of Dr. Radhakrishnan’s love for and attachment to the teaching profession.

Teacher’s Day is now looked forward to by teachers and students alike as on this occasion, it is not only when teachers are praised but also in various schools, students dress up to represent their teachers and take various lectures that are assigned to the teachers they symbolize. During the day, the students perform the usual activities that are performed by the teachers. On this day, students realize what it means to be a teacher and what it means to control the future of several students in their classes and also teachers are reminded what it felt like when they were students.

This day we appreciate teachers who play the role of your parents, in school. Your parents hand over your upbringing and education, not only to coach you in academics and other co and extra curricular activities, but also to mould you into good human beings and responsible citizens of tomorrow.

Teaching is one of the noblest professions. Students are also encouraged by teachers to participate in activities like sports, arts, music, dance, etc. You are also trained to learn the value of discipline, punctuality, service before self and the spirit of comradeship and camaraderie. This also goes a long way in developing your personality, making you fit into this modern society, at the same time preserving our Indian culture.

It is true you students do trouble your teachers no end, but they realize that you are still growing and are bound to make mistakes; so they go out of their way to direct you on to the right path.

Having been a student myself, I am grateful to my teachers for the enormous amount of hard work they had put in to make me what I am today, and I also understand how invaluable teachers are.

In ancient Indian scriptures too, the Guru is venerated and loved and the Guru’s position is second only to parents. Perhaps you may be aware, GURU POURNIMA is also dedicated to teachers.

I wish to end by quoting the following Sanskrit shloka from the scriptures, which describes the Teacher – Student relationship:

Om, Sahana Bhavatu, Sahanou Bhunaktu, Saha Veeryam Karava Vahaiy,

Tejaswinam Vadheetamastu Ma Vidhvishavahai.

Om, Shanti, Shanti, Shanti.

which means:

May the Lord indeed protect both of us; May He indeed nourish both of us; May we together acquire the capacity to study and understand; May our study be successful; May we not disagree with each other; Peace, peace, peace.

Thank you and May God bless you.

Jai Hind!!!

Anup Y. Attavar

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