New Delhi: On the eve of Teachers' Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said India should regain the
status of 'vishwaguru' (leader in education) by according high respect to teachers whom he asked to encourage students to think critically about issues concerning nation.
In an email message to teachers, he told them that their determination and sincerity will shape the destiny of the nation as they are laying the foundation and the building blocks of the society.
"Teaching is not just another profession. It is a divine responsibility to guide and enlighten," Modi said in his message of greetings.
He said that by according high status to the teaching community, India had once attained the status of 'vishwaguru'.
"We must once again accord such respect to the teachers and thereby regain that status where India becomes the beacon of knowledge for the entire world," he added.
He said that in the present day, often learning is equated with either collection of information or mastery of skills for occupations and jobs.
"Yes, that is important but I call upon you to widen the horizon of thinking of your students. Encourage them to think critically about broader issues concerning our nation, society
and the environment. Our goal must be to create good citizens who are capable of preserving the past and creating the future," the Prime Minister said.
"The wheels of change have put India on the march towards 'surajya' (good governance}," he said, adding "Your determination and sincerity will shape the destiny of the nation!
"I want to see the day when every student is proud of his or her teachers and every teacher is proud of his or her students."
Noting that the influences and experiences that teachers share with students will remain with them for a lifetime, Modi told them, "You are also laying the foundation and the building blocks of the society. This is a responsibility of great significance because on this depends how our present and future generations will thrive."
He said lessons in good citizenship inculcated at a young age will go a long way in creating a better society.
"This could be as simple as traffic rules, cleanliness, gender sensitisation, concern for the weak and reverence for the elders," the Prime Minister said.
Updated Date: Sep 04, 2014 21:47:43 IST