Make a positive difference in lives of people around you: PM to teachers


Lauding the role of teachers in the nation-building process, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday called on them to devote the next four years in making a positive difference in the lives of the citizens.

Teachers are role models to build nation, said PM Modi

"In the year 2022, we mark 75 years of freedom. Let us devote the coming four years to fulfilling the dreams and visions of those who gave their lives for our freedom. I urge you to focus on issues closer to your heart, mobilise local communities and make a positive difference in the lives of those around you. This would be a fitting tribute to our freedom fighters and further the resolve to build a new India," Modi said.

In a message to the teaching community on Teachers' Day, he said if there is one role that shapes the society more profoundly, it is that of teachers. "This is both a privilege as well as a responsibility and I am happy that our teachers are fulfilling their duty with boundless dedication," he said.

Modi, who interacted with 45 teachers who have been conferred the national awards this year, recalled the message of late president APJ Abdul Kalam, who had said, "Teaching is a very noble profession that shapes the character, calibre and the future of an individual."

The prime minister said the 21st century will be shaped by societies that accord importance to education, research and innovation, thus, making the role of our teaches extremely vital. While the government is undertaking numerous efforts to bring a paradigm shift in education sector, the focus has successfully shifted from outlays to outcomes and from teaching to learning due to the monumental efforts of teachers, he said.

He said the emphasis on skills development has received a significant push due to the Atal tinkering labs. Numerous universities are being set up across the country so that no youngster is denied the joys of quality education.

"As the country marks the 150th birth anniversary celebration of Mahatma Gandhi, it would be wonderful if the teaching community takes the lead in furthering the thoughts and noble ideals of Bapu in an innovative manner among the students," he said in his message.

He appreciated the role of the teaching community in strengthening Swachh Bharat Mission. Earlier, during the day, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu conferred the national awards on the 45 selected teachers. Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar took questions during an online chat where he listed the initiatives rolled out by his government.

To a question about the high tuition fee charged by private schools, he reiterated that schools must make a complete disclosure on their income and expenditure, give details about the tuition fee to parents before the commencement of the academic year.

"The hike should be based on a formula and there should not be any hidden cost. Besides, there should be no compulsion for purchasing books or any other material from school shops," he said.

He said they are also formulating a scheme to make sanitary napkins available in schools especially in villages at cheaper rates.

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