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Updated: November 24, 2009 15:07 IST

Swami Dayananda stresses on value in education

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Swami Dayananda Saraswathi, speaking at the Two Day Workshop on “Values in Education” in SASTRA University in Thanjavur on Saturday. Photo: M. Srinath.
The Hindu Swami Dayananda Saraswathi, speaking at the Two Day Workshop on “Values in Education” in SASTRA University in Thanjavur on Saturday. Photo: M. Srinath.

“A value is valuable when the value of value is valuable to oneself”, said Pujyasri Swami Dayananda Saraswati, here on Saturday.

Speaking at the 2-day workshop on ‘Values in Education’ at the SASTRA University here, he articulated the need to understand the value of human life and the role of a teacher in unfolding the core to the students and to understand the purpose of education. The students have to look up to a teacher as a role model and this can happen only if the teacher develops the right set of attitudes that can change the class room atmosphere into a valuable teaching-learning experience.

The teaching community should not be considered as a profession but it is a sacred relationship between the teacher and the taught. Swamiji added that while professionals like doctors, advocates and auditors have clients, the teachers do not have clients and the children studying are their wards.

This workshop is being attended by over 100 high school teachers from various schools in Chennai, Bangalore, Tiruchi, Thanjavur and Kumbakonam.

“The end of the workshop will result in understanding the need for a new paradigm in classroom teaching that should stress on more freedom of thought than freedom of action”, said Prof. S. Vaidhyasubramaniam, Dean – Planning & Development, SASTRA University, while delivering the welcome address.

Prof. R. Sethuraman, Vice-Chancellor, SASTRA University, N. Gopalaswamy, former Wholetime Director, Dalmia Cements, were amongst the other dignitaries, who participated in this workshop.

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