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Winners: Teachers with the Best Teacher Award presented to them during the Teacher’s Day celebrations in Mysore on Wednesday. District in-charge Minister G.T. Deve Gowda and C.H. Vijayashankar, MP, are seen.
Winners: Teachers with the Best Teacher Award presented to them during the Teacher’s Day celebrations in Mysore on Wednesday. District in-charge Minister G.T. Deve Gowda and C.H. Vijayashankar, MP, are seen.

Staff Correspondent

MYSORE: Mysore celebrated Teacher’s Day on Wednesday. The celebrations were organised at the Kalamandira auditorium by the Mysore Zilla Panchayat and the office of the Deputy Director of Public Instruction (DDPI).

Speaking after inaugurating the celebrations, district in-charge Minister G.T. Deve Gowda said that the Government would make efforts to alleviate the housing problem of teachers by allotting sites to them.

Stating that the education sector had taken a backseat in Mysore district, which had to be set right, the Minister said that Mysore should get back the admiration of “education hub” and urged teachers to strive to realise this goal.

Minister for Housing D.T. Jayakumar highlighted the need for bringing in reforms in the education sector so that there was a match between one’s education and the profession pursued later.

Fourteen teachers received the Best Teacher Award for 2007-08. The award was presented by the ministers.

The award winners are S. Mahadevu, headmaster, Government Higher Primary School, T. Narsipura taluk; Lilly Joseph, assistant teacher, Government Higher Primary School, H.D. Kote taluk; Siddaraju, headmaster, Government Higher Primary School, Hunsur taluk; K.S. Umapathy, teacher, Doddapete Government Higher Primary School, Mysore; T.S. Suryanarayana, teacher, Mysore taluk; H.P. Rajappa, teacher, Nanjangud taluk; A.N. Vijayaratna, teacher, Kuduremala, Mysore; C.R. Udayakumar, teacher, K.R. Nagar taluk; B.S. Nagaraj, teacher, Periyapatna taluk; C. Tejawati, teacher, Government High School, Mysore taluk; R. Ananthamurthy, (P.T. Master), Hunsur Boys’ PU College; H.B. Somashekhara, (P.T. Master), Medar Block, Government High School, Mysore; S. Nagaraju, (P.T. Master), Saraswathipuram JSS Girls’ High School, Mysore; and K.C. Madhu, teacher, Government High School, K.R. Nagar taluk. Meanwhile, to highlight their problems, private college teachers associated with the Mysore University Private College Teachers’ Association (MUPCTA) staged demonstrations in front of their colleges in the city and the taluk centres on Wednesday as part of the nation-wide agitation called by the All India Federation of University and College Teachers Organisation (AIFUCTO).

Teachers participated in the agitation without affecting the functioning of their colleges. The demands of private college teachers include constitution of a review pay commission as recommended by the Universities Grants Commission (UGC) and National Commission for Higher Education to address the issues concerning higher education, sanctioning of six per cent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to the education sector and enhancement of retirement age of teachers from 58 to 65 as recommended by the UGC.

“During the Parliament chalo in May 2007, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh invited us for talks and promised to ask the Ministry concerned to look into our demands. But, even after three months, there is no word from the Union Ministry of Human Resources Development,” MUPCTA president Vasudevan said.

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