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“It is our onerous duty to uphold glorious traditions of teaching”
– Governor

“Teachers have woken up to qualitative change in education in Gujarat through Gyan Shakti during the last decade”
– Chief Minister

Governor Dr. Shrimati Kamlaji and Chief Minister Narendra Modi here today felicitated Gujarat’s 29 Best Teachers on the occasion of Dr Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan’s 133rd birth anniversary being celebrated as Teachers Day – 2011. The award giving function organized by the Gujarat Government was telecast live from the Town Hall here through satellite across the state.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Kamlaji said that our ancient system of teaching was ahead of its time and the scholarships of our ancient universities were recognized far and wide. It is our onerous duty to uphold India’s glorious traditions of teaching. She said that teachers are the builders of future generation. They are doing a yeoman’s service by helping students overcome obstacles in life. She said that teachers are the best medium to spread moral values which alone could bring about social reforms.

Dr. Kamlaji said the teachers’ role is to create curiosity among the students so that they spend their lifetime in the pursuit of knowledge and contribute to the nation’s progress and people’s welfare. Teachers should ensure India’s glorious heritage remains intact and students become global citizens. She congratulated the award winning teachers and wished that teachers should do their duty whether they are working in cities or in remote villages.

Chief Minister Narendra Modi, congratulating the award winning teachers, said that they have a big role to play in lending speed to the state’s progress. He said that Gujarat has embarked on the modern path of progress through Gyanshakti, one of the five bases of Panchamrut Shakti. He said the Gujarat Government is ever conscious of its duty of respecting the entire teaching community and their contribution to the society.

Chief Minister Narendra Modi said the decision to telecast live the award winning ceremony through technology is to ensure one crore people can take part in the felicitation. It will perhaps go down as one of the world’s biggest programme to inspire people. He said that felicitation of teachers and celebration of Teachers’ Day has got wide acceptance in the society in Gujarat. It has helped ‘Gunotsav’ for bringing about qualitative change of sorts in education. Teachers have awakened up to their role and are focused to new experiments, particularly in the primary school level.

While there is a system of gradation and ranking in higher education in colleges and universities, Mr. Modi said, Gujarat has introduced the same in primary schools for teachers and students through ‘Gunotsav’.

Education Minister Ramanlal Vora in his welcome address said that teachers of Gujarat are best teachers in true sense and the best among them are being felicitated. He said that supplementary programme like ‘Jyotigram’ has helped rural students corner 65 per cent of merit list in the board examinations.

Others present on the occasion included Minister of State for Education Shri Jaysinhji Chauhan, Smt Vasuben Trivedi, Principal Secretary Education Dr Hasmukh Adhia and Primary Schools Secretary Shri R.P. Gupta.

Sources: Gujarat Information Bureau

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