Recognizing the Contribution

Recognizing the Contribution

There is a need to think over the missing relationship between the students and teachers

The Private Schools Association celebrated the World Teachers Day on 5th of October, 2017 at  SKICC in a grand manner to felicitate not only meritorious teachers but also other talented individuals of the society who have made commendable contributions in the fields of Education, Law, and Social Service, Administration and  Journalism.  

The World Teachers’ Day is internationally celebrated every year on 5th of October to bring together governments, multi and bilateral organizations, NGOs, private sector, teachers and experts in the field of teaching to mark achievements and reflect on ways to face the remaining challenges for the promotion of the teaching profession.  It further showcases and discusses progress and persistent analysis in the field of education such as institutional autonomy, academic freedom, and professional development of teaching personnel.

Syed Muhammad Altaf Bukhari, the Minister of Education  while addressing the remarkable gathering on the day stressed on the need to introspect over the missing relationship between the students and teachers in the contemporary world. He said, “Teachers should bridge the relationship gap with students. We should also analyze the difference between teachers of yesteryears and teachers of today. You are more hardworking and more knowledgeable but your relationship with the students is missing.” He said the student -teacher relationship has become more mechanical in the contemporary world. “These days the relation between students and teacher remains confined to smart board or black board wherein former delivers a lecture and leaves. Same is the case in private coaching centres.”  Syed Altaf Bukhari is perhaps the first Minister for Education of our state who honoured the teachers and set an example by stating, “I will revolt if anyone dared to disrespect the teachers.” The Minister for Education also hailed the contribution of teachers in the present social setup saying that they have been assigned the role of parenting as well teaching. “In today’s world, both the parents are working and the role of parenting is also assigned to a teacher. You are the real parents,” He  moreover, said. "I have a special word for GK because getting recognition from teachers and students is the biggest achievement. Greater Kashmir has become part of students." The Minister in his address complimented the PSAK for their contribution in imparting education to a major chunk of society because the private sector caters to around 80 percent areas in the cities and towns. “The Government schools do not cater to students in cities and towns but the private sector covers almost all rural areas.” The Ambassador of Republic of Slovenia in India Mr. Josef  Drofenik while addressing the gathering threw light on the importance of education and role of teacher in the world. He said, “The teachers are the backbone of the society and they should be the source of inspiration for the budding youth.” He also stressed on the need to build up co-operation between his country and the State of Jammu and Kashmir for exchanging ideas on the systems of education so that both the nations could benefit from each other. The Secretary School Education, Farooq Ahmad Shah, while speaking on the occasion said that the government has put focus back on education to achieve excellence and urged the teaching fraternity to contribute wholeheartedly in improving standards of education so that our students also get a level- playing field

Lyass Dessie, an erudite scholar from South Africa spoke in  a fluent manner about the role of education in the life of an individual. He said, the process of education moralizes and humanizes an individual and takes him on a higher plane of life. G N Var president PSAK while speaking on the occasion said that his Association will help the education sector irrespective of school affiliation. He said, “to train the teachers we are signing an MOU with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and they will train both private as well as government school teachers,” “They will train our teachers for free with global level skills.” Earlier, Chairman Joint Committee of Private Schools (JCPS) Showkat Chowdhary in his welcome address said  that education was an important sector for development of a society.  

This humble writer also spoke on the occasion and highlighted the role of teachers and requested the society to give recognition to the teaching community.

A galaxy of distinguished guests attended the award ceremony held by Private Schools Association of Kashmir (PSAK) at SKICC Srinagar which included, Director School Education, Kashmir, Dr. GN Itoo, Director RMSA Tufail Mattoo, Director SSA, Abdul Rashid War, Director Academics JK BOSE, Principal SIE, Mehboob Dar. The Chairman Green Valley Institution, Mohammad Yousuf Wani, Chairman Welkin Trust Sopore, Anayatullah Hajini, Dr. Akhtar Hussain, vice- Principal, Minto Circle School. A large number of teachers of private as well as government schools, scholars, academicians, officers, writers and media persons also were present on the occasion.  The Proceedings of the ceremony / function were conducted by Baseema Hajini and Gazala Hassan.

It was a unique and exclusive celebration on the World Teachers Day in the sense that the recognition was given to the exemplary contributions made by the individuals in various fields and sections of the society and also for the reason that the foreign dignitaries and scholars participated for the first time in any event in the valley.  

The Private Schools Association Kashmir (PSAK) deserves to be applauded and appreciated for this effort.