IMPHAL, September 5: The State level Teachers’ Day celebration was held at the Bengali High School Campus in Babupara today.
The celebration was organised under the aegis of the State government by the Directorate of Education (Schools), State Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) society, State Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) Society, Higher and Technical Education, State Rashtriya Uchhatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) Directorate, State Council of Educational Research and Training, Adult Education, Directorate of Language Planning and Implementation, Board of Secondary Education, Manipur and Council of Higher Secondary Education, Manipur.
A floral tribute was also paid to former President Dr S Radhakrishnan whose birthday is being observed as Teachers’ Day since 1962.
The function was graced by deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam, Commerce and Industry minister Govindas Konthoujam, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj minister Francis Ngajokpa, Social Welfare minister AK Mirabai, Education minister M Okendro, Works minister Khumujam Ratan Kumar Singh, Health and Family Welfare minister Phungzathang Tonsing, IFCD minister Ngamthang Haokip, Agriculture minister Md Nazir and various other high officials.
Addressing the gathering, deputy CM Gaikhangam said that being a teacher is an honourable job and teaching is a noble profession as teachers are the role models of the society and can be considered as the “Second God”.
He expressed optimism that the State will be known the world over for achievements in the field of education and not just only for its arts and culture and sports under the leadership of the Chief Minister and the supervision of the Education minister.
Quoting Albert Einstein, the deputy CM said,”He who dares to teach must never cease to learn”, stressing that teacher should not only have the concept of teaching but also update their knowledge from time to time.
This is how a teacher can produce a quality student for a better tomorrow, he added.
He also told the gathering that the CM has conveyed his best regards wishing a “very happy Teachers Day” to all the teachers through him.
Speaking at the function, M Okendro highlighted the various projects under the State’s educational system and its various achievements.
Asserting that there are approximately 4000 cases of the education department in the State and most of these cases were being solved, he said the department will be a case free department in the next two to three years.
After 30 years, the education department has been able to promote the teachers from the higher secondary to graduate level teachers, the Education minister said.
He appealed the people of the State in general and particularly the students to settle the issues through dialogue and not through violent acts, adding that all their needs and requirements will be fulfilled.
During the celebration, Teachers’ Short Stay Home at Babupara was also inaugurated by the deputy CM Gaikhangam. State Teachers Awards (Education department) were given to nine teachers from different districts and Appreciation Awards (Hr and Tech Education department) were also handed over to three teachers.