Staff Reporter

Respect and recognise ideas of students, says professor

DINDIGUL: Teachers must be continuous learners to update their knowledge as they have been moulding the manpower required for nation building. They have the responsibility in preparing the students to become professionals, said M.A. Sudhir, Professor Gandhigram Rural University.

He was delivering a special address at a function to mark Teachers Day held at Peace College of Education at Vedasandur on Wednesday. First, teachers must have thirst for knowledge, as it has been changing constantly through out the world.

Motivate students

They must acquire professional skills to motivate students. “You change yourself to be in the race, failing which you will be left behind,” he cautioned.

Efficiency, professional competency and empathy towards students were the other basic qualities.

Role of teachers is very important, as they would act as changing agent in development process and in developing a society.

They must also become role models, as they have great influence on their students. Do not put a full stop to your studies was his last piece of advice to budding teachers.

In his special address, Lakshmi College of Education principal Kokila S. Thangasamy stated that good teachers taught less and made their children learn more.

Questioning power must be developed in students, as it was the basis for all technological and scientific development.

Knowledge-based society

They must strive to create a knowledge-based society instead of information-based society. More over, students must be trained to rein in their emotions and overcome their failures.

Thoughts and ideas of students must be respected and recognised by teachers, she added.

“A true teacher is the one who inspires and encourages students to develop a desire to learn and succeed. Teachers should not forget that learning situation must be free.”

College Correspondent J. Paul Baskar informed that opportunities for teachers were bright not only in India, but all over the world. Teaching students have to equip themselves to meet global requirement for teaching profession.

Later, Mr. Sudhir distributed a book titled ‘Teach Gently’ written by Kokila S. Thangasamy to students.