Jorhat, Feb. 8: Vice-chancellor K.M. Bujarbaruah today exhorted teachers to attend events such as the 29th teachers’ meet held at the Assam Agricultural University.
Bujarbaruah, who was disappointed at the poor turnout of teachers at the event, said playing games and competing in events, including quiz, singing and dancing, strengthened one’s character and made one a better teacher.
“Winning is not always important, it is the participation which matters most. Of nearly 900 teachers in Jorhat district, there are hardly 100-150 teachers here today,” he said in his inaugural address.
“A game like badminton teaches one to take on the spot decisions, tennis teaches one to manoeuvre and chess to take decisions. Being a winner does not mean winning a medal or an award. A game goes beyond that. One may also lose a game for some reason but be the real winner,” he said, citing the example of an Olympics runner who was winning when he stopped to help a competitor who had fallen down after twisting his ankle near the finishing line.
A teacher of a college said many teachers were no longer interested in the event now.
“Last year, the teachers’ meet was not held at all. More and more teachers are dropping out because of the fights and aggressiveness at the events,” he said.
The two-day meet was jointly hosted by the College of Home Science and College of Agriculture under AAU.