Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact live with millions of young students and teachers across the nation on Friday on the occasion of Teachers' Day.
Modi will address the students from 3pm to 4.45pm through satellite link and live telecast on Doordarshan and the human resource development ministry website.
He will address about 1,000 students from various Delhi schools at the Manekshaw Auditorium in New Delhi, which will be broadcasted live by all Doordarshan channels to over 18 lakh government and private schools in the country, as well on radio. Live streaming on the web would also be available.
He will also take questions from some students across the country through video-conferencing.
The one hour forty five minutes event will also be beamed live through educational satellite EDUSAT.
The HRD ministry in a meeting with states recently had directed them to make arrangements in all government schools for PM’s interaction to be watched and heard live.
The scheduled event however ran into controversy as a number of states objected to the instruction from the HRD ministry saying it was not feasible for them to make arrangements in a short span of time.
The CPI(M) on Wednesday said the BJP-RSS combine was making an attempt to “indoctrinate young minds” and HRD ministry’s instruction was unprecedented and should be rescinded immediately.
Earlier the Congress had termed it a case of self propaganda. “Are we allowed to make virtual propaganda? Has the government ever used government machinery to influence impressionable minds with political or partially political agenda? It's an issue of misuse of state machinery for self-propaganda,” party spokesman Abhishek Singhvi said.
HRD minister Smriti Irani clarified on Monday that the event was voluntary and the students would not be forced watch it.
Read: An open letter to PM Narendra Modi on Teachers' Day
Hindustan Times conducted a poll to find the opinion of the people on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's mass contact programme with students on Teachers' Day. A survey was also conducted to find out people's awareness about Teachers' day and its significance.
In the opinion poll readers' were asked whether it was a good decision to make teachers and students listen to PM Modi's address on Teachers Day. About 82% of the respondents said that the decision was good. About 17% of the people did not think that the decision was right, while about 1% people who voted did not have any opinion on the issue.
In the survey, readers were asked to vote on three questions with multiple choices to know their understanding about Teachers' Day.
In the first question, people were asked to tell in whose memory was Teachers' Day celebrated every year. About 19% of people who took the survey selected Rajendra Prasad as the right answer, 7% said Jawaharlal Nehru, 5% of the respondents voted for Dronacharya and Ved Vyas each, while only 64% of the readers went for the correct option 'none of the above'. Of course, Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, the former Indian President, whose birthday is celebrated as Teachers' Day in India was not in the list of choices.
In the second question, readers were asked what should be the government's priority on Teachers' Day. About 40% of respondents picked the option of including teachers' training in government's skill development plan, about 32% wanted government to take steps to improve facilities in schools, 18% wanted government to provide better pay and facilities to teachers while 10% voters wanted government to stop using teachers for non-teaching jobs, like surveys.
People were asked to pick the best way to celebrate Teachers' Day among a few options in the last part of the survey. About 36% said school managements should award their best teachers, while 31% picked the option of getting teacher's representatives to interact directly with political leadership on their problems. Another 31% wanted government to honour school teachers every year while 2% wanted government to declare Teacher's Day as holiday.