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Teacher’s day in Pune: When the teacher is ready...the city shows up to say thank-you

Teachers were showered with greetings, bouquets and awards for their service, both, by students and institutes

pune Updated: Sep 06, 2018 16:53 IST
Ananya Barua
Ananya Barua
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Ajit Pawar (middle), NCP leader, Pune, after the distribution of trophies to teachers on Teacher’s day, at Sri Ganesh Kala Krida Rang mandir, on Wednesday. (HT PHOTO )

From classrooms to reminiscing and honouring the valuable lessons, schools and colleges in the city celebrated Teacher’s Day on Wednesday, with teachers being showered with greetings, bouquets and awards for their service, both, by students and institutes.

The Orchid School, Baner, organised a special session on leadership for faculty, conducted by Arun Wakhlu, founding chairman, Pragati Leadership. The session on wholesome leadership saw teachers guided towards a wholistic form of leadership within their classrooms and beyond, to create a breeding ground for leaders.“In a student’s life, a teacher plays a very important role, that is of a guide or leader. Hence, it’s very important to first understand what actually a leader should be doing. Students are eventually going to carry the imprints of lessons taught by their teachers within classrooms into the world outside, and so, it is important to lead them in the correct direction,” saidLakshmi Kumar, founder-director, Orchid School. The director herself conducted a session on the topic,‘Lead from wherever you are’. As a token of appreciation of their service, the school also organised a special two-day retreat for teachers at Panchgani.

Similarly, atBishop's School, teachers enjoyed a special day filled with games and activities.Principal Joel Edwin said,“This is the day for the teachers to look back at their work and the noble service they have done to the school and society. We want this day to be the most enjoyable for them. As students couldn’t join them in the celebrations due to their exams, we have decided to hold another function sometime this week, to have a student-teacher bonding programme.”

While MIT World Peace University (WPU) organised a special felicitation programme of their top performing teachers, Symbiosis International ( deemed university) organised the grand finale of the intra-SIU competition for faculty of SIU.

Preeti Joshi, one of the faculty of the liberal arts department at MIT WPU, said,“This day is extremely precious for us and our students made it even more special by introducing mock teaching classes. None of the teachers taught today, but the seniors taught the juniors in the presence of the teachers. It was an interesting experience to sit among the students and see how my senior students were teaching my subject.”

At Fergusson College, a function will be held on Saturday, where three teachers from institutes under the Deccan education society will be felicitated. Smita Karandikar from Geography department, Ahilyadevi high school for girls, who received the President’s award for her contribution in the sector, is one of the teachers who will be honoured.

Police chief sends ‘kakas’ to school for teachers’ salute

K Venkatesham, commissioner of police, made good on his promise to continue the school and college outreach ‘police kaka’, started by his predecessor, commissioner Rashmi Shukla. On the occasion of Teacher’s Day, police kakas and senior officials from 30 police stations visited schools and colleges in their jurisdictions.

City police commissionerate has a total of 1,196 schools and colleges in its jurisdiction, under 30 police stations divided into four zones. For every school and college in the area under protection of every police station, the police have appointed one assistant sub inspector-level officer. The contact details and picture of that officer are displayed on posters put up at the educational institutions. The student outreach programme was originally derived from a government resolution. Within a year, the initiative helped students reach out to the local police with complaints of various kinds, including ragging and harassment.

Commissioner Venkatesham visited a school run by Maharshi Karve Stree Shikshan Samstha in Karve nagar and handed over a certificate to the principal and teachers of the school. Similarly, policemen from every police station visited schools and gave certificates to the teachers of the schools.

First Published: Sep 06, 2018 16:50 IST