Pained over the death of an Ujjain professor who was beaten up by students, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday urged parents to teach their children to value the saying Acharya Devo Bhava (teacher is god).
"I urge every parent in our country to teach their children the value of the idea of Acharya Devo Bhava," Singh said while addressing the national award winning teachers on the eve of Teacher's Day.
Expressing his concern over the growing 'cross commercialism and anti-social behaviour' that is overtaking the country's educational institutions, he said: "This year, on Teacher's Day, I want every child, every student, every parent, every citizen to chant those ancient words of wisdom and pledge that we will never show disrespect to our teachers." Singh said he was 'deeply pained' at the Ujjain incident last week.
"I am also pained by incidents of disrespectful behaviour by students and some anti-social elements, who pretend to be students," he said. The PM, who was a teacher at the Delhi School of Economics, urged the teachers to uphold excellence and commitment to knowledge that they expected from their teachers.
"I want every teacher to take a pledge that they will impart knowledge to their students without fear or favour and shall commit themselves to the highest traditions of learning."