On occasion of Teacher’s Day President Pranab Mukherjee greeted teachers, saying they must be friends, philosophers and guiding lights to their students.
Mukherjee said in his message that teachers are like candles, who burn brightly to enlighten others. He said, “We, in India, are inheritors of a sacred tradition in which our gurus, saints and seers have selflessly nurtured our minds and shaped our intellect”.
He further added, “Our society at large and in particular, students should show utmost respect and devotion to teachers. Teachers in turn must dedicate themselves to the service of their students and help our youth imbibe knowledge as well as essential civilisational values”.
The President paid floral tributes to former President Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan in the Durbar Hall of Rashtrapati Bhavan and he said, “I extend my warm greetings to the entire teaching community of our country and thank them for their immense contribution to our nation.”