Students of XI and XII standards from Dr Rajendra Prasad Sarvodaya Vidyalaya, Delhi, will be a part of a unique classroom this September. They will be taught by President Pranab Mukherjee, who is going to step into the shoes of a teacher for a day. It will be a memorable class for these students, indeed.
Some students in Delhi will get a chance to learn from a very special teacher on September 4 – the eve of Teachers’ Day.
“A guru (teacher) much like the soft and skilful hands of a potter, moulds the destiny of shishya (student). The student with devotion and humility acknowledges the debt of the teacher. Society respects and recognizes the merit and scholarship of the teacher,” said President Pranab Mukherjee in his address to the nation before Independence Day this year. And very soon, he will become the first Indian President to wear a teacher’s cap.
Students of XI and XII standard from Dr Rajendra Prasad Sarvodaya Vidyalaya will witness the President getting into the shoes of a guru, as he will become their teacher for one day.
The President will teach these students in a joint class held for both the standards. The lecture will be conducted on the ‘knowledge floor’ of the school which is located in the Presidential Estate. He will also address about 100 teachers after the class.
He gave consent for this idea after it was proposed by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, and Deputy CM Manish Sisodia. This step is a part of Delhi Government’s programme called ‘Be a Teacher’, in which famous personalities from different fields will take lessons in government schools and will inspire students about the various career options.
“The President of India will take class, as a teacher, for a single day as a mark of respect to the teachers in Delhi Government schools. We celebrate Teacher’s Day in honour of a teacher (S. Radhakrishnan), who became the President of our country. This will be yet another milestone when the first citizen of India will interact with the students and teach them the lessons of life,” said Manish Sisodia in a press conference.
This is the first time in India that any president will become a teacher for a day. Earlier, both Pranab Mukherjee and the late former President A. P. J. Abdul Kalam have met and interacted with students. Teachers’ Day will surely be a memorable one for these students who are getting an opportunity to interact with the President.