Invaluable impact of teachers in the modern era

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Invaluable impact of teachers in the modern era

Bishaldeep Kakati | September 05, 2018 11:00 hrs

An eye catching construction more often than not is the result of a strong base, which directly or indirectly holds the impregnable and proud pillars of a magnificent structure. And any person who scales or evaluates the extent to which a palace or establishment is being beautified; he would never even forget to carry his attention or conglomerate his thoughts towards the basement, from where a glorious construction slowly starts to stand tall. In fact, the same scenario can be related to a student as well, that later turns out to be the pillars of a strong nation. But somewhere down the line, we seldom think or confabulate about those individuals who are instrumental in constructing the base of a strong nation. And as stated above, like an alluring construction needs a imperishable base, in the same way, a strong nation requires skilled, educated human resource, that can be termed as the solitary base of an unassailable nation, and the credit for constructing the same must be given to some less glamorous but luminary individuals known as ‘Teachers’.


Dr APJ Abdul Kalam once quoted, “If a country is to be corruption free and become a nation of beautiful minds, I strongly feel there are three key societal members who can make a difference. They are the father, mother and the teacher.” And even in reality, we cannot directly ignore the value of this specific thought which was placed in front of the people by our beloved former President. The well known fact is that although the primary levels of charity, education and qualities for becoming a good human are incorporated to a child by his father and mother, but in the longer run, it is the teachers who help an individual to practically unleash these qualities for the benefit of mankind. And once a child leaves his house to step at the courtyard of a school, from that moment onwards, his guide, philosopher, his motivator as well as his second parents are none other than his teachers. Thus, this very fact puts a light on the role of teachers in creating responsible citizens of a dynamic nation.

Teachers indeed play a vital role in nourishing a person from his juvenile state till his matured phase. As a result of which, in India, 5th September is celebrated every year as the ‘Teachers Day’ to bestow tribute, love and reverence to the all the teachers who are instrumental in changing a carefree and irresponsible child to a responsible and skilled citizen, who later becomes an asset for the country. Teachers Day commemorates the birthday of India’s second President, Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, who was a great philosopher and a statesman to the true sense of the words. The Bharat Ratna awardee Dr. Radhakrishnan believed that ‘teachers should be the best minds in the country’, and since 1962, the country has never failed to pay rich tributes to this statesman, by observing his birthday as the ‘Teachers Day’.


The importance and impact of a teacher in students' life is hard to describe with words. Even if we move back to history, we can easily understand the substantial impact Guru Dronacharya had on his disciple Arjuna, or Guru Parashuram had on Bhisma, Dronacharya or Karna. And that same impact of a teacher upon his student, or the symbiotic relation between a teacher and a student has passed on from one generation to another to create a scenario, where on one hand, a good teacher can change the life of his student in the most vibrant way, and on the other hand, a good student by his striking and worth mentioning work culture can also elevate the reputation and prestige of his teacher in the most beautiful way. In fact, this relationship between a teacher and a student has always remained as the one to be admired, respected and adored.


However, the relation didn't remain the same, once the generation stepped into the 21st century. In the modern era, we descry a degrading scenario of relationship between teachers and students. And this abject scenario is indeed harmful, when we speak about constructing the pillars of a strong nation. At a time, when the internet and all kinds of sophisticated devices and gadgets have come to our aid in the process of gathering knowledge, information about anything, in the other way around, these modern era elements have also slowly destroyed the students thought process, who were earlier of the mindset that, “Teachers are the epitome of knowledge.”

It is indeed true that over the internet anything can be learned just by browsing the appropriate places; however we become so much engrossed in the aura of internet, that we tend to forget the fact that the internet is also manipulated by humans to make it resourceful. For instance, if we are learning about academics or about the skills to sing or play a musical instrument, we seldom realize the fact that it is not the internet, but one or the other teacher who is trying to make us learn the skills and basics of a particular subject. So this proves that directly or indirectly it is not the internet but a teacher who is continuously trying to make his students skilled and expert in a particular area.


A teacher bestows to his student the eternal formula to become successful in life. A word of appreciation for his student at the time of his success, or a word of encouragement at the time of his failure can really be crucial in redesigning or refurbishing the student’s life in a better way. And that is the reason students should never ever stop respecting or adoring their teachers. In short, for students teachers are the messengers of God.


The teacher student relationship is something that has time travelled all the way from the Mahabharata period to the era of internet. And even after experiencing various ups and downs, this relation still remains the most important base of a strong nation. Hence it remains the duty of each and every student and teacher to not only restore the vintage symbiotic relationship between them, but also try their level best to make their relationship stronger by cementing it with the ideologies of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. And if that happens, only then it would be possible to construct the indestructible base of a dynamic nation.

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