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President Pranab Mukherjee's class on eve of Teachers' Day

delhi Updated: Sep 04, 2015 09:00 IST
Pranab Mukherjee

The Delhi government has put up hoardings to inform people about the President’s Teachers’ Day programme. (PTI Photo)

President Pranab Mukherjee will give lessons in Political Science to students of class 11 and 12 at a Delhi school on Friday on the eve of Teachers' Day.

The President, who was a college teacher and a journalist before he joined politics in 1969, will hold a joint class for the students of Dr Rajendra Prasad Sarvodaya Vidyalaya at the school located inside the Presidential Estate.

The students will assemble on the 'knowledge floor' and listen to their new teacher. Later, the President will address around 100 teachers.

The idea was mooted by Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia.

The President gave consent to be part of the state government's programme 'Be a Teacher' where renowned personalities from different walks of life like art, culture, sports, business, politics and civil services take classes and inspire students to achieve excellence in life.

Ahead of the President's address, Kejriwal tweeted "We all r delighted that he is teaching children today" (sic).

79-year-old Mukherjee has Masters degree in History and Political Science and a degree in law from the University of Kolkata.

A voracious reader, Mukherjee has often stressed on the need for providing quality education and, in his address to the nation on the eve of Independence Day earlier this month, had laid special emphasis on "guru-shishya" (Teacher-Student) relation.

September 5, the birth anniversary of second President of India and philosopher Dr S Radhakrishnan, is celebrated as Teachers' Day.

(With inputs from PTI)