Chandigarh, Sep 4 (UNI) Punjab Governor S F Rodrigues and Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal have extended their greetings to people on the eve of Teachers' Day, coinciding with the birth anniversary of former President, late Sarvpalli Radhakrishnan.
General(retd) Rodrigues, who is also Administrator of the Union Territory of Chandigarh, reminded the teachers of the life and philosophy of Dr Radhakrishnan, to whom this occasion is dedicated and said, ''Our teachers have a crucial role to play in this national endeavour by combining the academic pursuits with values of secularism and humanism and producing good citizens who are not merely literate.'' The Chief Minister felicitated the teaching fraternity and called upon them to become a 'role model' to the students by imparting value-based quality education and making all out efforts to infuse noble qualities in them.
Both the Chief Minister and the Governor reminded the people of their responsibility towards the teaching community and asked them to pay due respect and recognition to the teachers, who are the nation builders in shaping the destiny of the country. The Governor urged the people to contribute liberally to the Teachers' Welfare Fund.
''The real tribute to Dr Radhakrishnan on this solemn occasion as a teacher would be to discharge our duties with the utmost dedication, sincerity and commitment'', he said.
The Chief Minister said the SAD-BJP Government was committed to provide quality education to the students and the concept of setting up of Adarsh Schools across the state was a right step in this direction.
Punjab Education Minister, Dr Upinderjit Kaur, also extended her greetings to the teaching fraternity on the occasion.
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