The ancient education system possessed unique characteristics and qualities which were not found in the ancient education system of any other country in the world. From times immemorial, education was always given utmost importance.
In a gurukula all students were considered equal irrespective of their social status. There were mainly three steps of instructions in ancient India. Sravana, Manana, Niddhyasana. Sravana is listening to the words uttered by the teacher, Manana is that pupil had to think about the topics taught and Niddhyasana was the reflection of the teachings. In this system all the students together learnt education in the guru's house and in turn helped the guru in his daily household chores. At the end of the education the student offered gurudakshina to the guru before leaving the gurukula. In the gurukula system a student was not only given education but was also made to learn other social life activities which are very essential for life.
Have we ever sincerely thought as to why teaching is an able, noble, humble and gentle profession? Teachers have more responsibility than any other person in a society. Parents send their children to them with such expectations that it becomes a test of their professional honesty and social reputation. The ideal task, entrusted to our teachers, is to educate and train the young nation for a brighter future. A teacher is a friend, philosopher, and guide who holds our hand, opens our mind, and touches our heart. The contribution of a teacher cannot be ignored at all.
In many countries across the world, teacher's day is a special day where teachers of schools, colleges, and universities are honored specially. The date varies from country to country. The universally accepted World Teacher's Day is 5th October. In India, the Teacher's Day is celebrated on 5th September and this tradition was initiated since 1962. This is the when Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was born. He was a philosopher, scholar, teacher, and politician and his dedicated work towards education made his birthday an important day in the history of India. We remember the great works of this exemplary man on this day.
A teacher is a symbol of dignity and deserves the best when it comes to respect, honor, gratitude and thanksgiving. Teacher's day thus gives us an opportunity to pay our tribute to our gurus, including our parents who have guided us in becoming productive human beings. They empower us to scale greater heights academically as well as socially.
Mr. Naresh Chopra
(Senior School Administrator)
St. Columba's School