Mangalore, Sep 06, 2014: Speaking at the teachers day celebrations at Mangalore University, University Vice Chancellor Prof K Byrappa has said that teachers job today is to facilitate students.
He said that Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan acted as an ambassador of India who carried forward the legacy of Indian philosophy which was left by Swami Vivekananda. “He was not only a philosopher but also acted as abridge between India and western countries.
” Quoting Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, Kuvempu University former vice chancellor Prof K Chidananda Gowda said that no country raises above the level of teachers. Teachers play a pivotal role in the progress of a country. Aristotle, Vishnusharma, Paramahamsa and Swami Vivekananda were great teachers. In Mahabharatha, Krishna had converted the Kurukshetra battle field into a field of education to teach Bhagavadgeetha to Arjuna.
‘Learning to know,’ ‘learning to do,’ ‘learning to live together’ and learning to be a human being’ are the four important pillars for teachers in the 20th century. Knowledge is not for the sake of gaining knowledge but for creating wealth for the country. The knowledge imparted by the teachers helps in nation building, he added.
Centre for Liquid Crystal Research (Bangalore) former director Prof K A Suresh said that Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan had advocated the greatness of Hindu religion while propagating philosophy. He tried to create awareness among Westerners on the greatness of Indian culture. “Primary teachers have left a great impression in our life.
We remember them for life long. Teachers should encourage students at an appropriate time. Teaching is a challenging task. It is a balancing act. A good teacher never discriminates his students. Instead, they inspire them.” Teachers should have the habit of writing and documenting.
Karnataka Tulu Sahitya Academy President Janaki Brahmavar said that teaching profession is a noble profession. “It gives happiness in one’s life. At the same time, teachers will have a band of students, who will remember them always.” Prof Chidananda Gowda, Prof K A Suresh and Janaki Brahmavar were felicitated for their outstanding contributions on the occasion.
Best teacher award: The Mangalore University presented ‘Best Teacher award’ to Prof B Narayana, Registrar (Evaluation) and Professor of Department of Chemistry (in science faculty) and Prof T.Mallikarjunappa, Professor of Department of Business Administration (in commerce faculty) on the occasion.
The award carries a cash award of Rs 25,000, and citation. The award was presented in recognising their contribution to the field of teaching and research.
An expert committee from outsiders were constituted to screen the applications for the award. The Mangalore University had constituted the award for the first time in its history.
Mangalore University Registrar (Evaluation) Prof B Narayana (left) and Professor of Department of Business Administration Prof T Mallikarjunappa (right) being bestowed with Best Teacher Award, at Teachers’ Day celebrations, in Mangalore University. Mangalore University Vice Chancellor Prof K Byrappa among others look on.