Shimla: V.S. Kokje, Himachal Governor conferred the National and State Teachers Award for outstanding achievement in the education for the years 2005 and 2007 upon the teachers of the State in a State-level function organized to mark the Teachers Day celebration at Raj Bhawan today.
Governor conferred State Teachers Award for outstanding achievement in education for year 2007 upon Mrs. Haripriya, Lecturer, Hindi, Government Senior Secondary School, Saiglu, district Mandi, Mr. Padam Singh Rana, Lecturer, Public Administration, Government Senior Secondary School, Jogindernagar, district Mandi, Dr. Ram Kumar Kaul, Shastri, Government High School, Chintpurni, district Una, Mr. Sohan Lal Sharma, Drawing Master, Government Middle School, Balwan, district Bilaspur and Mrs. Leea Ghai, CHT, Government Primary School, Dusehra, district Mandi.He presented them citation, medal and a cash prize of Rs. 25,000 while National Awards were conferred upon Mr. Dharu Ram, LT, Government Senior Secondary School, Laddu, district Chamba, Mr. Ram Singh, DM, Government High School, Rama, Tehsil Nahan, district Sirmaur and Mr. Subhash Chand Mahajan, CHT, Government Primary School, Haler, Lambagaon, district Kangra. He presented them citation medal and a cash prize of Rs. 50,000 for their outstanding contribution in the education in the year 2005.
Addressing the function, V.S. Kokje said that teachers needed to discharge their duty with dedication and commitment and follow the footsteps of the former President of India, Late Dr. S. Radhakrishnan. He said that teachers should derive satisfaction from the achievements of their students and not from monetary gains. He said that teachers were the architects of strong nation and needed to dedicate themselves towards their profession. He emphasized the need to introspect the role of teachers in the present day context and their contribution towards education. He added that there was a need for value based education which could make the students excel in future endeavours.
Governor also released the souvenir brought out by the Education Department to mark the Teachers Day.
Virbhadra Singh, Chief Minister who presided over the function said that the State Government was contemplating the proposal to make Elementary Education in the State compulsory with a view to ensure minimum elementary level education mandatory for the children. He said that education upto primary level had been made compulsory in the State and every parent had been made responsible to send children to school for education. He said that parents not sending children to schools would attract provisions of the law.