NEW DELHI: In a bid to boost the morale of teachers, President Pranab Mukherjee will be taking class in a Delhi government school on the eve of Teachers Day. Mukherjee will take class at Dr Rajendra Prasad Sarvodaya Vidyalaya at Presidential Estate in New Delhi from 11.30 am to 1.00 pm on September 4.
Making an announcement regarding it on Friday, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said, “The President of India will take class, as a teacher, for a single day as a mark of respect to the teachers in Delhi Government schools.”
He said that they will celebrate Teacher’s Day in honour of a teacher (S. Radhakrishnan), who became the President of the country. “This will be yet another milestone when the first citizen of India will interact with the students and teach them the lessons of life,” Sisodia said.
He also said that he along with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind kejriwal had a meeting with the President last week over this and he was impressed with the idea that he immediately accepted it. “Today he has given the consent also. On the eve of Teacher’s Day, President Pranab Mukherjee would take class,” he added.
One of Mukherjee's predecessors, APJ Abdul Kalam was known for his impromptu sessions with students or visits to classrooms. Kalam, one of India's leading missile scientists, died last month.
The Delhi Government also launched a programme -- Be a Teacher -- in which renowned personalities from different walks of life like art, culture, sports, business, politics and civil services would interact as a teacher and share their pearls of wisdom in regular classroom settings and inspire the children to achieve excellence in life.
Delhi Government has already got consent of many such personalities. The Deputy Chief Minister has appealed to all entrepreneurs artists, sports persons, leaders of industry, officers of judicial and civil services who are desirous to join this 'Be a Teacher' programme of Delhi Government.
The government has taken the consent of several celebrities from different walks to interact with our students on a regular basis. “Successful CEOs of MNCs, notable entrepreneurs and several senior civil servants have come forward to contribute their time and agreed to partner with our Government in enrichment of the experience of the Government school students,” said Sisodia.