Lakhs of students hear PM's Teachers' Day interaction

Lakhs of students on Friday heard Prime Minister Narendra Modi's much-talked about Teachers' Day address and subsequent interaction through TV, radio and the Internet at over 3,000 schools in the national capital.

New Delhi: Lakhs of students on Friday heard Prime Minister Narendra Modi's much-talked about Teachers' Day address and subsequent interaction through TV, radio and the Internet at over 3,000 schools in the national capital.

Students had turned out in large numbers at the government and private schools which had made elaborate arrangements to show the interaction live through TV, projectors and radio.

Minor glitches due to technical problems were reported at some schools.

Special arrangements were made by school authorities which included televisions, set-top box connections, projectors, screens, amplifiers and generator sets or inverters so that students could watch and listen to the Prime Minister without any interruption.

The programme started around 3 PM and Modi addressed the students for 30 minutes followed by a question-answer session.

The Directorate of Education (DoE) of Delhi government had directed all private as well as government schools to make arrangements for showing the Prime Minister's address live.

After the programme, majority of students coming out of their schools expressed happiness on being able to listen to the Prime Minister. However, many of them rued that they could not ask any questions themselves.

"It was a great experience to be able to listen to the Prime Minister live on Teachers' Day. I wanted to ask a question to him but I could not get a chance to do so," said Akshat Sharma, a class IV student at a government school in Chandni Chowk area.

A number of students from some of the Delhi schools got the opportunity to ask question to the Prime Minister as they were part of the select group of students invited to the event.

The Prime Minister replied to a number of questions asked by students from various states through video conferencing, in the first-ever initiative.

In his address, the Prime Minister stressed on increasing the importance of teaching profession and suggested that all educated, including engineers and doctors, should take classes to make teaching a people's movement necessary for nation-building.

He said the country is facing shortage of teachers and this needs to be changed so that India can "export" teachers.  

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