Teachers must be given a place of pride, put head of bureaucrats and political leaders and paid similar to civil servants and corporate professionals.
On Teacher’s Day, that was the message from NR Narayana Murthy, who hails from a family of teachers but considers himself a “black sheep” since he broke tradition and co-founded Infosys Technologies.
On Friday, at the Indian Institute of Technology–Bombay (IIT-B), Murthy blamed society for the lack of good teachers. “Barring a few exceptions, I have rarely come across teachers who are role models. If we want to attract best teachers at the primary, secondary and in higher education, we need to respect teachers and put them ahead of political leaders,” said Murthy.
At the institute’s Foundation Day, Murthy who was the chief guest released a history book titled ‘Monastery, Sanctuary and Laboratory’ written by Professor Rohit Manchanda that commemorates 50 years of IIT-B. Ten professors received the awards for excellence in teaching. Also, Professor S.S. Joshi of the mechanical engineering department was awarded the Dr. P.K. Patwardhan technology Development Award 2008 for his work on ‘Tool based micro-machine for the development of micro-components’.
“Teachers have great responsibility as are the builders of our nation with respect to shaping the thought process of the students. Students intern shape the destiny and growth of the country,” said Ashok Misra, IIT-B director.
On the faculty front, IIT-B this year recruited 50 new faculty members providing them with a start-up grant of Rs 10 lakh to support research. “We need to raise that to Rs 20 lakh as practised at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. We also need to create a corpus to give better remuneration and awards to our faculty. For this, we need to aim at raising a corpus of Rs 1,000 crore as against the present target of Rs 500 crore,” said Misra.
Recalling three of his own teachers who taught him the importance of treating public property with utmost care, of discipline and to start every argument on zero base, Murthy also touched upon autonomy.