HRD minister Baidyanath Ram felicitates a teacher in Ranchi on Wednesday. (Prashant Mitra)
Ranchi, Sept. 5: The state government today celebrated Teachers’ Day by honouring 205 mentors, but its aim to recognise teachers from across Jharkhand fell short of target as seven districts refrained from making any recommendation.
Every teacher was given a shawl, a medal, a memento and a certificate, besides cash award at the felicitation organised by the state human resource development (HRD) department at the Jharkhand Academic Council (JAC) premises in Namkum.
Each of the 75 teachers selected from the district level by a committee set up for the purpose was given Rs 15,000 while those chosen at the sub-divisional level received Rs 10,000 each.
The government’s intent to honour teachers from the entire state remained unfulfilled as the authorities of Deoghar, Godda, Giridih, Dhanbad, Simdega, Latehar and East Singhbhum did not recommend any name.
Also, only sub-divisional level nominations were received from Bokaro and Lohardaga. “It’s surely a lapse. We will look into the reason,” said HRD minister Baidyanath Ram.
Earlier, secondary education director Mamta welcomed the guests extolling teachers as role models for the society. The guests garlanded a portrait of former President Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan on the occasion while a group of girl students sang a song addressed to teachers.
“The society is indebted to teachers, as they develop inherent qualities in students in the same manner as a sculptor chisels out art work from stone. All the teachers need to be honoured, but we are felicitating just a few as a token of our gratitude to them,” the HRD minister said in his address.
IIM-Ranchi director M.J. Xavier advised the teachers, “Be a guru who understands his disciples, shares their problems and guides them.”
JAC chairperson Laxmi Singh felt that a “sense of belonging” was lacking among teachers. Creating a state teachers’ service might help solve the problem, she opined, adding that while pursuing their demands teachers should make sure classes continue and students did not suffer.
The teachers, on the other hand, were aware that a committee selected them for the award but were not sure about the criteria.
“I teach civics and all of my students have passed the subject in recent times,” said Soma Oraon, a teacher of Project Uchch Balika Vidyalaya in Badri, Gumla.
25 feted in Bokaro
Twenty-five teachers from different cradles run by Bokaro Steel-sponsored Bokaro Ispat Vidyalaya (BIV) were awarded with the prestigious Shiksha Shiromani Puraskar for their valuable contribution in the field of education.
Bokaro Steel chief executive officer Anutosh Maitra gave away the prizes. Showering praise on them, he urged the teaching community to groom young minds.
Students also enthralled the audience with a colourful cultural programme. The event was conducted by senior teachers R. Sharma and Neelam Chowdhury.
Bokaro Mahila Samiti president Manjula Maitra, senior officials of Bokaro steel plant and all BIV school principals also attended the programme.