ALL TEACHERS ARE NOT GURUS...BUT ALL GURUS ARE TEACHERS...
Teachers should continuously strive to find the innate guru within, to effect transformation, observed Sri K. Jayakumar, IAS (Retd.), addressing the teachers from Kerala this evening in Prasanthi Nilayam. Every teacher should aspire to become a guru, reminded the speaker.
Elaborating on the topic, 'Teacher As Guru, Guru As Teacher', Sri Jayakumar spoke on the importance of 'quality' in the field of education, that is indisputably paramount. Identifying the major factors ensuring quality, that being infrastructure, standard of communication, quality of students forming 30 percentage in a 100 percentage scale, the speaker singled out 'contribution by teachers' as the most decisive factor wielding a massive influence in ensuring quality education. All teachers are not gurus, but all gurus are teachers, observed Sri Jayakumar, pointing out the difference between a guru and a teacher.
How a teacher should strive to become a guru? asked the speaker, dissecting the subject in short detail identifying major areas of disparity between a teacher and guru. Transformation, guidance, empowerment and heart-to-heart communication are the hallmark of a guru that distinguishes him from a normal teacher, said the speaker.
The power of word of the guru can pull the strings within effecting transformation. He is able to do it with his harmony in thought, word and deed. A teacher as a guru should strive to weed out all evil tendencies, qualities in a students, guiding him in the path or Sathya, Dharma, Shanti, Prema and Ahimsa, effecting transformation, noted the speaker exhorting every teacher to be in love with excellence, never compromising on mediocrity.
In conclusion, Sri Jayakumar quoted Bhgawan, rhyming His first-ever-message that is The Eternal Message Of Salvation by the Supreme SadhGuru, Manasa Bhajare...
Sri K. Jayakumar is a retired civil servant from the State Of Kerala, formerly Chief Secretary to the Govt. Of Kerala, Vice Chancellor of Mahatma Gandhi University, Vice Chancellor of Malayalam University, apart from various other official assignments in his illustrious career. He is also an accomplished author and poet in Malayalam. Sri Jayakumar had the great good fortune of speaking in Bhagawan's Divine Presence in Prasanthi Nilayam a couple of times during the occasion of Onam festivity.
Bhajans next ended with Mangala Arathi to Bhagawan.
Earlier, last evening, Prof. (Dr.) G. Gopa Kumar, Vice Chancellor, Central University, Kasaragod, Kerala addressed the assemblage of teachers from the state. Speaking on the occasion he advocated for soft power development in the area of higher education. Stressing on the importance of higher education in the present day scenario, talking on the challenges in the area, Prof. Gopa Kumar, called for the greater need to re-invent India's glorious past with great educational bloom. Education should not be profit-oriented, rather quality and character-oriented.
Touching upon the marked decline in the field of education following a thriving past, now with democracy in action, we need to emphasise on three important areas, said the speaker, identifying access, equity and quality being the three important factors. Hailing India and country's achievements in various areas, Prof. Gopa Kumar also emphasized on the need to encourage curriculum development to the highest level, focusing on empowering the younger generation enabling them to face demands in the area. With a meagre share of GDP on higher education, but with substantial all-round progress in many areas, the speaker in his closing remarks underlined on the greater need to Soft Power Development that encompasses character building through enhanced training in human values.
It was a thoroughly technical speech, with the speaker dissecting the topic of higher education in details, divulging in detail with his vast experience. Hailing such move to conduct training programmes locally, at the national and international level, the speaker was of the opinion that such trained, qualified, well-equipped teachers from the country will be of great demand and use in the national as well international scene.
The three-day( 1st Dec to 3rd Dec) training programme is being attended by over 400 teachers from across the state.