Be role models against graft, president tells teachers

September 5th, 2011 - 7:40 pm ICT by IANS  

Pratibha Patil New Delhi, Sep 5 (IANS) President Pratibha Patil Monday urged teachers to be “role models” by instructing students to fight corruption and be honest citizens.

?In present times, values such as hard work, integrity, honesty and fighting against corruption… are very essential amongst our population,? Patil said after giving the national teachers awards here.

?You must be role models who instill good habits amongst the upcoming generation. You may not be leaders, however, you have the capabilities of creating leaders of the future,? she said.

The president, along with Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal and Ministers of State for Human Resource Development D. Purandeswari and E. Ahamed, gave the awards to over 300 teachers from across the country.

She also stressed that moral education was as important as conventional subjects.

?Knowledge without values is incomplete. It is a value system that can prepare the younger generation to become responsible citizens who contribute to the welfare of society and advancement of the human race,? the president said.

Instituted in 1958, the National Award to Teachers are given by the president on Teacher?s Day every year, which is celebrated in the memory of former president Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.

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