New Delhi: On the eve of the Teachers' Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said teachers hold great importance in the life of students.
Addressing teachers who would be honoured with a national award for teaching by President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday, Modi said "teaching" is not a profession or job, but a way of life – "jeevan dharm”.
He said a teacher never retires, and always continues to endeavour to teach the new generation.
During the informal interaction, the PM said that after becoming Gujarat's Chief Minister, he fulfilled his wish of inviting his school friends and teachers to his residence.
"I always wished to call all the teachers who have taught me since childhood. For any child, teachers hold great importance...After becoming the chief minister, I called and honoured them," said Modi, who was greeted with applause.
He further remarked that if a society is to progress, its teachers must always be two steps ahead of time. They need to understand changes happening across the world, and prepare the new generation accordingly by arousing curiosity in them, he added.
Wishing the teachers well, he asked them to work towards nurturing the country's future and supporting the students.