Arunachal Pradesh Governor BD Mishra presented State Teachers’ Awards to 39 teachers, including 7 lady teachers on the occasion of the Teachers’ Day celebrations at the State Banquet Hall in Itanagar on Wednesday.
Congratulating the awardees, the Governor said that it is their good efforts and dedication that the education scenario is improving in the State. He made a special mention of Niranjan Shahoo, a retired teacher, who is still rendering his service to the earlier school where he was teaching in Kurung Kumey district.
Speaking on the occasion, the Governor recalled the literary accomplishment, educational dedication, nationalism and values of Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, which he possessed, preached and practised. He also recalled the great teaching merit of his teachers, Prof JK Mehta of Allahabad University and Prof RN Mishra of Jiwaji University, Gwalior, on the occasion.
Stating that education is the first barometer of civilized society, the Governor highlighted the history of education in India. He said that it was entirely due to teachers’ greatness that our ancient learning system developed extremely well and in due course of time we had famous universities like Nalanda and Taxila, where the students from far off countries came to study.
Associating himself with the teaching community, the Governor said that in his 35 years in Army, he was either studying in military colleges, or teaching in military colleges, or fighting war, some of low intensity, some of high intensity and some of all out dimension. He said that the thoughts of Teacher-Leaner, Teaching-Learning always have been in his mind, heart and practice.
The Governor called upon all including parents, politicians and educationists to actively participate in the mission to improve education status in the State.
Stating that education is the Key Result Area (KRA), he suggested for policies and programmes for improving the educational scenario of the State, which he said should have Pan-Arunachal Approach, quality involvement of all stakeholders with missionary zeal, every penny must be honestly spent for more returns, there must be clear vision to achieve all round better educational environment in the State enabling students for decent, self support and Stand up in life.
Underscoring the challenges in the education sector, the Governor said that in the educational programmes, utilization of resources, development of infrastructure and procurement and use of latest training / teaching aids, there must be transparency, accountability, fair policy and even playground for students, and teachers.
Education Minister i Honchun Ngandam, Education Secretary Madhu Rani Teotia and Special Secretary (Education) Rahul Singh also spoke on the occasion.
Earlier, the Governor released a book, titled ‘Gandhi ji’s Nai Talim’.
First Lady of the State Neelam Misra, Daporijo MLA Dikto Yekar, PWD Commissioner Bilatee Pertin were present on the occasion along with officers from the Department of Education.