New Delhi, Sep 5 (UNI) Rich tributes were today paid to former President Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, whose birthday is celebrated as Teachers' Day, by students and teachers alike across the country who commemorated the day with unbridled enthusiasm.
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil called upon the teaching community to show greater professionalism, commitment and dedication to transform the education system.
Teaching should not merely be an activity of planning a lesson or presenting readymade knowledge for achieving outcomes that can be measured objectively. It should also be a process of making the child think and try out what is being learnt, she said.
Students across the country organised games and presented variety entertainment programmes to make their mentors happy. And, in turn, the zeal and enthusiasm exhibited by teachers matched that of their students, and they thanked their 'shishyas' for making the day unforgettable.
Speaking after receiving the Honorary Doctorate on the occasion of the 150th year celebrations of Madras University in Chennai, which coincided with Teachers' Day, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said a University was a guild of scholars and teachers.
Recalling the central role played by teachers in making an educational institution and the nation, Dr Singh described a teacher as a mentor.
In the national capital, to encourage excellence in primary education, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi decided to increase the number of 'teacher awards', along with the award money, from next year.
Announcing this, Delhi Mayor Aarti Mehra said the number of municipal teacher awards would be increased from 100 to 150, and the prize money for the same would be incrsaed from Rs 5,000 to Rs 7,000 from next year.
In Chandigarh, an announcement was made that Haryana college lecturers getting pay scale of Rs 10,000 and above would be given Class-I status and the outstanding college lecturers in the field of education would also be honoured with the State Teacher Awards with effect from next year.
The State Teacher Awardees who were given two increments for five years earlier would now be given these increments till their remaining service and the same facility would also be extended to the National Teacher Awardees.
In Itanagar, announcing that a new education policy to improve the state's educational scenario is on the anvil, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu hinted that his government, as per the new policy, would provide special incentives to teachers posted at inaccessible areas.
Presenting state award to 23 teachers on the occasion of Teacher's Day here this morning, the chief minister disclosed that those teachers who would agree to work in areas at ten to twelve thousand feet altitude would be provided additional incentives besides others.
Meanwhile, teachers staged mock suicide by hanging on 'Teachers Day' in Indore to press their demands.
Teachers lined up in front of the Mahatama Gandhi statue where, three nooses were set up and put the noose round their neck.
Women teachers also joined in the protest.
In Gangtok, Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling y announced a cash award of Rs 5 lakh for the best performing teachers and lecturers in the state.
Uttar Pradesh Higher Education Minister Rakeshdhar Tripathi awarded twelve teachers, in Lucknow, for their excellence and contribution in the field of Higher Education.
Shikshak Shree and Saraswati Samman -- awards were conferred upon the intellectuals for the first time in the state for Higher Education.
In the capital city of Gujarat, Chief Minister Narendra Modi administered an oath to 1.5 crore school and college students to work for ''Golden Gujarat''.
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