Describing teachers as social engineers, Alagappa University Vice-Chancellor S.Sudalaimuthu said they had the responsibility to socialise and humanise the young minds and make them responsible citizens of the country.
Delivering the convocation address at the Tamil Nadu College of Education (TNCE) at Nainarpuram near here on Friday, he said teachers played a significant role in producing responsible citizens, to make them stand above the differences of caste and creed and commit themselves to the unity and integrity of the nation.
“Teachers should have the passion for teaching, the right attitude and perfect mindset to contribute for the country’s development and prosperity,” he said.
The teachers had to strive for providing quality education to transform the students into self-reliant and self-assured citizens. Like two sides of the coin, knowledge and culture were the two sides of education, and gaining knowledge without culture would go waste, he said.
Getting degrees and training in education alone would not make a good teacher, unless they had a passion for teaching, good qualities and willingness to make learning a continuous process, he said. Teachers should keep themselves abreast of the latest developments in their subjects, he said. They should give positive ideas to the students and make them innovative, he added.
College chairman L.Periyathambi said teachers had the responsibility of fulfilling former President A.P.J.Abdul Kalam’s vision of making India a superpower by 2020. They could produce the best citizens of the country if they continued their profession with a passion and believed in themselves, he added.
R. Dhandapani, secretary, Vairava Sundari, correspondent, V Challengers Matriculation School, and T.Muthukumar, Principal, were present.