Friday, 9 September 2016

Teachers’ Day Celebration at IIM Raipur marked by Panel Discussion on “Swach Bharat Abhiyaan”

IIM Raipur celebrated the auspicious occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi and Teachers’ Day. The event began with the auspicious lightning of lamp by Dr. B.S.Sahay, Director IIM Raipur, faculty members and the students. It was followed by a melodious Saraswati Vandana performed by PGP 1st year.

Dr. B. S. Sahay, on this very occasion, remembered his teachers and shared his experiences on how they contributed in shaping his life. He stressed upon the unique relationship between teachers and students, a symbiotic relationship with the teachers providing a broad picture and perspectives of the challenges and the students being a source of inspiration and further learning for the teachers. He highlighted the importance of values like commitment, hard work, honesty, sincerity & discipline. He also acknowledged the initiative of MHRD, Government of India of streamlining the Teachers’ Day celebration and amalgamating it with “Swacchhta Pakhwada”. He emphasized on the need of joining hands for a clean environment for nation building.

To mark the day, a panel discussion involving students was conducted, which provided enriching insights on “Swacch Bharat Abhiyaan- A Manager’s Perspective”. The panelists Jasojeet Mukherjee, Monika Vaswani, Tilak Kakkad and the moderator Aayush Singh presented their views with diverse themes such as structural reforms in waste management, open defecation, limitations of earlier programs and swach bharat cess. The progress made in cleanliness drive was talked upon by invoking the past values of Indian Culture. The panel also discussed the different campaigns and initiatives by the corporate world in order to inculcate a sense of hygiene and cleanliness. Also a very prominent point was made regarding the theme “managing dirt or being clean” and how we can break the social inertia and get cracking on the ground with whatever capacity we can.

Dr. PRS Sarma, Chairman, PGP, IIM Raipur paid reverence to Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. He brought out the importance of teachers in Indian culture by citing various shlokas which emphasized the role of a teacher as someone who removes darkness from student’s life, guides them and imparts them the treasury of knowledge.Prof. Vinita Sahay, Chairman, International relations, IIM Raipur shared her experiences and enlightened the students with information about diverse Indian culture. She proudly gave an insight on management lessons from ancient Indian culture. Prof. Debaddata Pal cited the example of the great Mathematician Ramanujam and the pivotal role of teachers in catapulting the careers of students to new heights.

This was followed by a heartfelt speech by Avisha Munjal, a PGP 1 st year student. She highlighted the importance of teachers as the most influential personalities in anyone’s life. Sharing from her own experiences, she regarded teachers as the important pillars who educate the youth of the society who in turn become the leaders of the next generation of people. The speech was followed by cutting of a cake by Dr. B.S.Sahay and the students.The icing on the cake, was a powerful recitation of Shri Atal Bihari Vajapayee’s poem by Aayush Singh, a student of PGP 2 nd year. The celebration ended with a melodius song performance by students of PGP 1st year.

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