The day was celebrated with great reverence and teachers' contribution in building future generations was highly appreciated. The function was inaugurated by VK Singh, finance-cum-education secretary, Chandigarh administration, by lighting the traditional lamp. Rich homage was paid to Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, former President of India, who was a staunch believer of quality education and one of the greatest scholars and teachers of all times.
While addressing the gathering, the education secretary congratulated the awardees and appreciated their contribution to the cause of education.
He said: "Teaching is not a job, it is an attitude. A teacher is a source of information, a guide, a mentor and a motivator. I take pride in congratulating teachers of this city, who are setting new standards in improving the quality of education."
He added that in this fast-changing world, teachers need to equip themselves with latest electronic tools, but at the same time enable students to discover their hidden talent, to develop their interpersonal skills and subject matter expertise.
"We know that learning is no longer confined to classroom-based curriculum. We are adapting new technology and innovative teaching aids with the help of teachers and have implemented the Right to Education Act. The private sector and NGOs too have taken keen interest in opening new vistas for teachers to sharpen their skills in the present environment. So my message to teachers is to follow the path of continuous learning."
He further added that education is the most effective strategy which will enable students to thrive in this world and is the most precious gift which we can give to our younger generation. "None of the achievers in this world have attained a feat without the guidance of a teacher," he said.
A documentary on 'Role of Teacher' was presented by Government High School, Sector 53. The state awardees, were given Rs 11,000 along with a medal, commendation certificate, while school teachers and officials of the education department were given Rs 5,100 and Rs 3,100, respectively along with special appreciation certificate.
DPI Schools Upkar Singh presented the vote of thanks. Chanchal Singh, DDSE - I, Saroj Mittal, DDSE- II, Suman Sharma ADVE, Ram Kumar Sharma, DEO and other officers of the Chandigarh administration were also present on the occasion.
Meanwhile, Nidhi Goyal, who is working for children with special needs for the past seven years under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan, UT Chandigarh, was also honoured on the occasion. She has been instrumental in coordinating a national-level workshop and a regional-level training programme for resource teachers.
In addition to this, three articles written by her on inclusion of children with special needs were published in the national magazine 'Confluence'. She was also a member of the sub-group at the national-level for development of multi-category training package for resource teachers under SSA.