There is a need to restore the respect that teachers were getting in the past in order to maintain a good societal health, said senior vice-president of Infosys Ramdas Kamath.

Inaugurating the Konkani teachers’ conference here on Wednesday, Mr. Kamath said children and their parents used to hold teachers in high esteem and gave the respect they deserved. Of late, children and their parents have not been treating the teachers in the same way. The student- teacher relationship has turned bitter. This, he said, was not good for society’s health and development. Society can become strong only with good education of which teachers are an integral part, he said.

Mr. Kamat said children from the region lacked exposure to make a mark in the globalised environment. The World Konkani Centre has been training students to improve their analytical ability, communication skills and logical thinking. This short-term training was being given to students selected by the Centre for scholarship.

Vimala V. Pai, mother of T.V. Mohandas Pai, the chairman of Manipal Global Educational Services, said it was necessary for parents to know Konkani before making their children learn the language. She said conducting the conferences and workshops related to Konkani in the same language would help improve communication.

Ms. Pai presented award instituted in her name to SVS School Bantwal’s teacher Jayashree Shenoy who has been in the field for the last 39 years.

There were various presentations at the day-long conference organised by the Konkani Language and Cultural Foundation of the World Konkani Centre. Grace Noronha from St. Aloysius School spoke on “Changing Pattern of Primary Education”, followed by L. Shenoy’s talk on “Parent Teachers Relationship”, J. Saraswati Bhat’s lecture on “Culture and valued based education in schools” while Chidanand Bhandary spoke on “Konkani teaching in schools”.

‘Society can become strong only with good education’