Besides a change of nomenclature from the sedate ‘Shikshak Diwas’ to ‘Gurutsav’, Teacher’s Day celebrations will see a lot of firsts. With the aim of bringing back respect for teachers, PM Narendra Modi will be interacting with students at the capital’s Maneckshaw Auditorium from 3PM to 4:45PM—an event which will be telecast live on national television.
The name change from ‘Shikshak Diwas’ to ‘Gurutsav’ drew criticism from the Congress.
“This new packaging completely beats me. This government is concentrating on fluff rather than on substance. It is an eloquent testimony to the lack of policy imagination of the government,” said Congress leader Manish Tewari.
Describing it as an attempt to saffronise the education system, Congress leader Shobha Oza said: “The Human Resource and Development (HRD) Ministry is trying to saffronise the education system. This is nothing but a gimmick instead they should look into bringing about a change in the teacher’s life for the better and look into empowering them.”
On September 5, the PM’s address will be followed by his interaction with school students which will be broadcast live across the nation on Doordarshan and the webcasting will be done by the National Informatics Centre.
“The idea behind the grand function is to underline the contribution of teachers as also to bring back respect to the profession,” said a top HRD official familiar with the developments.
The day before, the PM will have breakfast with the award-winning teachers at his residence.
In order that students across the country view the PM’s engagement with students on TV, all state education secretaries during the day-long conference of state education secretaries on Tuesday have been asked to make arrangements so that all schools in their respective states to enable students to view the telecast, HRD sources said.