Teachers Day 2023: From Traditional to Virtual mode of Celebration, Appreciation remains the Key Factor


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Agartala Sept 04: With changing times, diverse changes can be noticed in every sphere of life. Likewise, the Teachers’ Day celebration has also taken on multifaceted dimensions. From traditional ceremonies to digital gift cards and virtual calls the ways of appreciating the teachers have also modernized.

However, instead of that modern touch, the essence of expressing gratitude to our mentors remains paramount.

Teachers’ Day in India is celebrated every year on September 5, to commemorate the birth anniversary of Dr Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, the country’s former President and first Vice-President, scholar and Bharat Ratna awardee.

As we highlight the history behind celebrating September 5 as Teachers’ Day, it is to be mentioned that when DR Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan assumed office as the second President of India in the year 1962, his students sought permission to celebrate the day as a special occasion. This is when, Dr Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan asked his students to celebrate the day a Teachers’ Day.

“Teachers are the mirrors through which a student can see his/her future”. The day is celebrated with immense enthusiasm in all small and big educational institutes, government and private where the students take up the opportunity to express their gratitude to their mentors and acknowledge their efforts.

The traditional celebration of Teachers’ Day includes month-long preparation for various cultural programs and events, presenting flowers, sweets, gifts of various kinds like hand-made cards and many more to the teachers.

Among all these, the most interesting part is for the senior students, when they represent the teacher of their choice and take charge of the classes for a day.

For the senior students, Teachers’ Day signifies a role reversal and celebration.

A similar scenario could be seen on Monday while peeping through the classroom doors of one of the renowned schools in the state, Maharani Tulsibati Balika Vidyalaya.

Holding on to the long-term tradition, the students of senior classes starting from Class IX – Class XII, were taking classes of the junior classes where two teachers also remained seated to judge the performance of the senior students – “Teacher for the Day”.

This role reversal enables the students to empathize their teachers and also appreciate their dedication.

Principal of Maharani Tulsibati Balika Vidyalaya appreciated the efforts of the students as they were preparing for the Teachers’ Day celebration. He said, “Every year we try to do this Role Reversal thing where the teachers take a day off from their regular routine and senior students take classes of the juniors”.

The Principal also took pride to say that two teachers of the school; Sohini Dutta Roy Ghosh, PGT English and Seema Bhattacharjee, Graduate teacher are going to be felicitated at the State- level because of their great contribution in the education sector.

On the other side, with increased reliance on online platforms as a part of modernization, Teachers’ Day is also celebrated through virtual meetings these days.

Slide shows depicting memories associated with the teachers, virtual performances, digital awards, interactive sessions, online gift cards, E-Books, etc.  are few ways through which teachers are appreciated.

Although the medium is virtual, the sentiments and feelings can be made impactful like traditional ways of celebration.


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