Teaching was the most peaceful profession with a lot of autonomy to function and teachers were universally respected for their contributions to students and societal development, said G. Srinivas, Joint Secretary, University Grants Commission, South Eastern Regional Office, Hyderabad.
After inaugurating a Network Resource Centre at Annammal College of Education for Women here on Saturday, he said that unlike other professions, teachers need not undergo stress and mental agony at work.
Other professionals, who earn huge sums of money, could only repent for not having chosen teaching as their career.
Even high-ranking officials in banks were tendering their resignations under voluntary retirement scheme these days since they had to accomplish a formidable task in a short duration. Targets were set and these officials had to work under duress with no peace of mind.
“Being a mere teacher is not enough. Every teacher has to impart quality education with high standards. Students should subscribe to meaningful ideas of mentors in classrooms. Such contributions to the society will certainly have a long bearing and earn respect. Every institution is meant for the students and no institute can rise above the level of good teachers. Hence, teachers should be good communicators and equip themselves with soft skills to manage listeners. Students should not be dominated by fear of teachers but they should take confidence from teachers,” Dr. Srinivas said.
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The professionals could witness a lot of transformational changes because of technology. Surplus information could be obtained from Internet sources but no technology and other mode of education could substitute conventional classroom teaching. Such technological inputs were only supplementary to be a good teacher. Methods of interface teaching and learning in classrooms were far superior to any other mode of education.
He also insisted on not to depend solely on Internet resources always. “Teaching is a creative process and adequate skills are required to enhance creativity. Students have to be given a variety of contemporary examples while dealing with subjects.
Transforming academic lessons into practical experience adds much value to teaching. Be it primary or secondary or tertiary level of education, quality of education should be reflected through results, he said.
A. Fiby Raj, Principal, D. Ganesan, secretary, and S. Selvaraj, advisor, spoke. Earlier, Dr. Srinivas inaugurated Teresa Hostel at St. Mary's College here. It was built at a cost of Rs. 88 lakh under UGC funds. Sr. Decla, Principal and other faculty members were present.