Aligarh : Lectures and poetry recitations in two different sessions to commemorate the birth anniversary of Dr Sarvopalli Radhakrisnan on ‘Teachers’ Day’ in the online programme of the Department of Education, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) paid homage to teachers and acknowledged the hard work they put in only to see their students flourish.
Delivering the keynote address on ‘Pupil-Teacher Relationships in Digital Age’ in the first session, Dr Ken Brien (Faculty of Education, University of New Brunswick, Canada) captured the pure and meaningful relationship between teachers and students.
“Effective teaching is complex, and many factors need to come together in order for learning to happen”, he said, highlighting aspects for becoming an effective teacher.
Dr Ken added: “Teachers need to maintain a fiduciary relationship with students and their parents and they should share a good rapport with colleagues and administrators. They need to fulfil their responsibility of ensuring the safety and well-being of students and also develop an instructional relationship with them”.
He further spoke on the importance of technology training for teachers and answered queries of students attending the online programme.
The Chief Guest of the second session, Mrs Sheela Tiwari (Former State Project Controller, Sarva Shiksha Abhyan, Maharashtra School Education Department and Former Deputy Director, School Education, Mumbai) delivered a lecture on ‘Dr S Radhakrishnan’s Education and Philosophy-its relevance in the present time’.
She recited Shloks from religious scriptures on how education brings enlightenment.
Mrs Sheela further spoke on development of scientific spirit and the importance of imparting education in the mother tongue.
Shedding light on the academic life and work ethics of Dr Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, Prof Mumtaz Begum (Dean, School of Education, Pondicherry University) said that Dr Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan was a staunch believer of education and was a well-known diplomat, scholar, the first Vice-President and second President of independent India and above all, a teacher.
She stressed that the teachers play a great role to help students fix goals for lifelong achievements.
“Individuality of each student should be given due respect and teachers should share all the knowledge they possess with their students”, said Mumtaz.
Discussing the problems and challenges of e-learning, Prof Vijaya Rani Dhoundiyal (Dean, Faculty of Education, Kumaun University, Nainital) pointed out how the pandemic became a catalyst for the dissemination of online teaching.
Prof Vijaya Rani shared experiences of teaching during the Covid pandemic and concluded with remarks on her fondness for AMU and its culture.
Renowned Hindi poetess and teacher at the Bhagvati Devi Jain Girls Inter. College, Dr Kusum Chaturvedi recited poems and devotional portions from the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad on the noble profession of teaching.
Prof Nasrin (Director of the programme and Chairperson, Department of Education) introduced the speakers and gave a brief sketch of Dr Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan. She also delivered the concluding remarks.
Prof Mujibul Hasan Siddiqui and Prof Poonam Chauhan extended the vote of thanks.
Dr Mohammad Shaheer Siddiqui conducted the programme.