Modi said that after becoming the chief minister of Gujarat, he fulfilled his wish of inviting his school friends and teachers to his residence.
"I always wished to call all the teachers who have taught me since childhood. For any child, teachers hold great importance...After becoming the chief minister, I called and honoured them," said Modi, who was greeted with applause.
He was addressing teachers who would be honoured with a national award for teaching by President Pranab Mukherjee Friday.
Wishing the teachers well, he asked them to work towards nurturing the country's future and supporting the students.