New Delhi: Strongly condemning incidents
of ragging in educational institutions, President Pratibha
Patil today exhorted teachers to prevent the menace from
taking place in any establishment in the country.
"It must be strongly condemned and should not take
place in any institutions of the country. You have a role in
preventing it," Patil said, presentation of `National Awards`
to teachers on the occasion of Teacher`s Day here.
"Today one sees the disturbing trend of ragging in our
institutes of higher education. I have often said this
practice is not healthy, as it is a manifestation of
intolerance on the part of senior students towards their
juniors," she said at the function, where about 374 teachers
Recalling her visit to Russia on September 5 last
year, the President said she was "impressed" to visit a
Russian school in St Petersburg which was established on the
10th anniversary of India`s independence.
"I was greatly impressed with the interest among the
students and the teachers of this school in a foreign country
about our culture. I believe that an appreciation of diversity
that exists in our world invariably broadens horizons and
promotes understanding between people," she said.
Observing that the Right to Education Act has placed
greater responsibility on all stakeholders, Patil said the
challenge before teachers is to ensure that children actively
participate in school activities.
"Teachers particularly in rural and distant areas
should hold classes regularly and ask students to attend
school everyday. They should remain in contact with parents
and pay personal attention to the difficulties that their
students may face," she said.
HRD Minister Kapil Sibal asked the state governments
to prepare enforcible rules to ensure a rational and
transparent system of postings and transfers in light of the
implementation of the RTE Act.
"It should also be kept in mind that women teachers
have demanding domestic responsibilities and their special
circumstances should be given due consideration," he said.
Sibal said RTE also lays emphasis on full involvement
of teachers in school management committee. He said the
country can ill afford to tolerate aberrations like wilful
absence from duty or appointment of substitute teachers.
"There should be no compromise with the errant
behaviour of teachers," he said.