Eminent academician and former vice-chancellor of Kurukshetra University, Bhim S Dahiya on Tuesday said teachers had the utmost responsibility to inculcate morals and ethics among students.
Dahiya who was delivering an extension lecture on the topic of 'Ethics of teachers' at Dharamjeevi Institute of Professional Education at Bagthala village said religious leaders and teachers had the maximum influence to shape young minds. With the advent of science in the 15th century, teachers started to have more influence over students.
He said the subjects of humanities were being ignored in the present education system compared to technical education. He criticised the trend of regarding education purely as a profit-making field as opposed to the imparting knowledge to youths.
Dahiya further said teachers had the responsibility of guiding youths to become good citizens and a good teacher had to learn continuously by reading. He said during his post-graduation he expressed a desire to become a teacher to his own mentor Sarup Singh, an eminent academician, who guided him by saying that one could become a good teacher only if one made it a habit to read extensively.
He also said teachers had to present themselves as role models in society and that it may be the result of a lack of dedication on part of teachers today that society saw unrest, an increase in crime and rage.
He honoured two teachers, Shalini Rajput and Sudesh Tageja, from the institute on the occasion. Institute secretary Shashi Sabharwal highlighted the social work being done in rural areas by teachers of the institution.
Earlier, Dahiya inaugurated the new building of Dharamjeevi Playway School on the campus.