Higher Education and Tourism Minister Deshpande inaugurated ‘Prajna’ a value orientation programme for lecturers on 9th September 2014 at Swami Vivekananda Auditorium, Ramakrishna Math, Mangalore
Minister for Higher Education and Tourism R V Deshpande expressed concern over deteriorating values and morals in the society and urged the teachers to take a lead in building student assets for the country to become super power in 2020.
Speaking at the inauguration of ‘Prajna’— value orientation programme for college lecturers, organised by the Ramakrishna Mutt here on Tuesday, he said that the country has made progress in the field of science and technology. Unfortunately, deteriorating values have resulted in increase in immoral activities and suicides in the society.
Thoughts, aspirations, expectations and vision of Swamy Vivekananda are relevant even to this day. Values must be taught for children from higher primary level. No religion teaches hatred for mankind. There is a need to enrich our past, culture and values. In the past, there was a bond between the teacher and student. Today, the relation between a teacher and a student has become commercial, which is a bad trend, he said. When competitions are severe and quality is order of the day, teachers have to prepare youth to compete in the world market through values. There is a need to build a vibrant, strong India with culture and integrity, the Minister added.
Mangalore University Vice Chancellor Prof K Byrappa said that teachers write future of the country. The country had a glorious past with Nalanda and Takshashila universities imparting knowledge to the students from across the world through art of living. “In this globalised society, we prepare students with job oriented programmes. A teacher should incorporate five D’s with devotion in profession, dedication, discipline, direction and determination to become a role model to the students and society. In this era of technology, role of a teacher is challenging. The teachers should play a role of a facilitator to inspire and motivate students and incorporate values in them to become good citizens.”
Ramakrishna Mutt (Belur) seer Swami Sarvapriyanandaji delivered a talk on ‘Spritualising life and work,’ Aerospace engineer Dr S Vishwanath on ‘An effective student is a successful teacher’ and Prof K Raghothama Rao on ‘Personal excellence.’ Ramakrishna Mutt (Mangalore) President Jitakamanandaji was present.
Smt Sujatha P V compered the programme.
Around 450 college lecturers participated in the day long programme. All the delegates were served lunch, snacks and tea. They were given complimentary booklets, customized pens, notepads and certificates.
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