Pranab to turn teacher on September 4

Pranab to turn teacher on September 4

“Education implies not just collection but assimilation of information to transform it into knowledge,” tweeted President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday, soon after agreeing to teach schoolchildren to mark Teachers’ Day.

Mukherjee, who has taught political science at the Vidyanagar College in the South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal, will address students of Rajendra Prasad Sarvodaya Vidyalaya in President’s Estate on September 4, Teachers’ Day eve.

Mukherjee, who has an MA degree in political science and history and also an LLB degree from the Department of Law of the University of Calcutta, agreed for the interaction on the suggestion of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said on Friday that the President has given his consent to teach students from 11:30 am to 1 pm on September 4.

“The chief minister and I recently met the President and requested him to interact with school children as a teacher on the eve of Teachers’ Day. The President liked the proposal and accepted it,” said Sisodia.

Sisodia, who conceived the idea to boost teacher’s morale, has said that there can be no greater honour to teachers of our country than the first citizen functioning as a teacher on Teachers’ Day.
In the 2015-16 Budget, education got the highest allocation, 24  per cent of the plan outlay, which is more than double compared to the previous year.

Sisodia said the government will soon launch the “Be a Teacher” programme where renowned personalities from different walks of life will address students to inspire them.

“The government has already got consent of many such personalities,” he said.

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