Only teachers can build a better child, a better family, a better society, and a better nation. Every teacher must perform their duty honestly: Governor Shri Acharya Devvrat
‘Gu’ means darkness and ‘Ru’ means light. Guru is the one who leads from darkness of ignorance to light
Chief Minister Shri Bhupendra Patel:-
From the Vedas to the web and from the Upanishads to the satellites, teachers have played a positive role in the journey of human civilization
Today’s teachers are tomorrow’s architects of Swarnim Bharat
Gandhinagar, September 05: Today, on Teacher’s Day, Governor Shri Acharya Devvrat and Chief Minister Shri Bhupendra Patel felicitated 34 teachers with the ‘Best Teacher State Award’ at a grand event held in Gandhinagar. Additionally, 11 outstanding and brilliant students from the state were also honoured during this ceremony. Minister of State for Education Shri Praful Pansheriya and Chief Secretary Shri Raj Kumar were present at the event.
Governor Shri Acharya Devvrat, who has been a teacher for 35 years, expressed his immense pleasure in recognizing the pivotal role that teachers play in shaping the lives of their students. He emphasized that while many professions contribute to society’s well-being, the role of a teacher is the most sacred and significant. Giving knowledge is the highest form of giving, and teachers have the power to change a child’s perspective and direction in life. He quoted from the Shukla Yajurveda’s ‘Shatpatha Brahmana’ to highlight the importance of teachers in a child’s life.
He mentioned that children have three gurus: their parents, the divine, and their teachers. Blessed are those children who receive guidance from parents, who are religious and who have teachers who are like a lamp, taking them from darkness towards the light. ‘Gu’ signifies darkness, and ‘ru’ signifies light. From the darkness of ignorance, a teacher leads towards the light.
Guru is seen as the one who “dispels the darkness of ignorance.”
Governor Shri Acharya Devvrat mentioned that teachers give the child a second birth. The Vedas mention that parents used to entrust their children to gurus for their education. He referred to a saying in the Shukla Yajurveda that conveys the importance of a child’s well-being in the womb. It means that just as a child is nurtured safely and carefully in the mother’s womb, similarly, the guru ensures the well-being and growth of the child. A teacher can have a profound impact on a child’s life, and no other profession can match the significance of a teacher’s role.
He also highlighted the rich tradition of education in India, with ancient universities like Takshashila, Nalanda, Vikramashila, and Vallabhi that imparted knowledge to the world. He stated that India has always been a Vishwa Guru.
Under the leadership of Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, India has excelled in both the physical and spiritual domains. Governor Shri Acharya Devvrat urged teachers to emphasize natural farming in school education and promote a healthy lifestyle. He recognized teachers as the builders of the best families, societies, and nations, and encouraged them to fulfil their responsibilities, helping build a virtuous society and nation.
He emphasized that teachers should promote natural farming and the production of organic food in school education. He congratulated the best teachers and students, stating that their role is vital in the mission of nurturing children, building families, shaping societies, and developing the nation with integrity.
Chief Minister Shri Bhupendra Patel
Chief Minister Shri Bhupendra Patel extended his greetings to the teachers honoured with state awards, referring to them as the architects of the future of Swarnim Bharat.
In this context, the Chief Minister stated that under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, the country has entered Amrit Kaal after celebrating the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.
During this Amrit Mahotsav and in the 21st century, India will be led by those capable of becoming the torchbearers of knowledge and science. CM Shri Bhupendra Patel acknowledged the significant contribution of educators in this endeavour.
CM Shri Bhupendra Patel expressed a clear view that education and teachers have played a positive role in the development journey of our culture from Vedas to the web and from Upanishads to satellites.
He emphasized that while the government can create schools, improve infrastructure, and appoint teachers, it is the teachers who breathe life into the schools. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has implemented this and emphasized the importance of the new education policy in shaping the future of the country.
The Chief Minister believes that the new education policy will empower the youth with the knowledge and energy to face global challenges confidently. He expressed confidence in the significant contribution of teachers in realizing this vision.
Shri Bhupendra Patel noted that the aim of the new education policy is to develop the next generation not only in terms of knowledge but also in skills, physical strength, and mental strength.
It is expected that speech, behaviour, and a positive approach toward the students will create a capable generation.
He mentioned that in Gujarat, initiatives like smart classrooms, digital learning, and the Gyankunj Project have been launched, starting 16,000 classrooms to align with the new education policy, which will contribute to a brighter future.
The Chief Minister acknowledged the education reform movement in initiatives like Kanya Kelavani, Gunotsav, and primary school student assessments, which have led to improvements in education quality under the guidance of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.
In 2047, the centenary of India’s independence, the Chief Minister urged the entire teaching community to be a beacon for the students to enthrone Bharat Mata as the Vishwaguru, aligned with the national interest, state interest, and societal interest.
Education Minister Dr. Kuber Dindor expressed his admiration for teachers of the state who are Goddess Saraswati’s devotees, and said, “Teachers are the best capital of the society. The entire country is celebrating Teacher’s Day in memory of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, who was a teacher before becoming the President of India. A teacher has the power to illuminate education. In our country, teachers and the soldiers who protect the country on the border are given special respect.”
He mentioned that teachers not only provide education but also impart moral values to children, making them better citizens. In building the society and the nation, the role of teachers and education is of utmost importance. In this regard, the state government has honoured 34 teachers of the state who have excelled in the field of education. Additionally, on Teacher’s Day, the Minister of Education extended congratulations and best wishes to all of them, as well as to 11 outstanding students on behalf of the state government.
Dr. Vinod Rao, the Secretary of the Education Department, expressed his gratitude to all the teachers of Gujarat.
The Chief Minister offered floral tributes to Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan’s portrait at the Vidya Samiksha Kendra.
A film on ‘Shikshan Vibhag Vikas Gatha’ was played during the event.
The award distribution ceremony of the ‘Best Teacher Award’ was attended by Primary Education Director Dr. M.I. Joshi, senior officials of the Education Department, educators who received awards, and students, along with their families.
Source: Information Department, Gujarat