Torchbearers: the Teachers’ Conference held in Pune

Ardhra Nair | TNN | Sep 4, 2016, 10.04 PM IST

PUNE: “In these times of technology opening the doors of information and knowledge to everyone, the role of a teacher should also change and a teacher must go beyond passing on what he has learned or has read in books to add value to the understanding of the students,” said Prof S B Mujumdar, Founder and President, Symbiosis society recently.

He was speaking at Torchbearers: The Teachers’ Conference organized by career counselling and advisory company, The Potter’s Earth at The Pride Hotel. Anil Shirole, Member of Parliament, Anamika Dasgupta-Sharma, Founder and CEO, The Potter’s Earth and Saurabh Sharma, Co- Founder and COO, The Potter’s Earth were present at the occasion. The event marked the launch of a book titled ‘Future Ready!’, a guide for Parents and Teachers, authored by Saurabh Sharma.

There was also a panel discussion on the topic ‘Building teacher capability: the need for teacher development and assessment’ that highlighted the need for teacher assessment and development across schools in India. The panelists ranged from various walks of education including Malati S Kalmadi, Secretary, Kannada Sangha, Brig. Rajiv Divekar (Retd.), Director, Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies, Sunil Mangwani, Director, FibForex and Anamika Dasgupta Sharma, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, The Potter’s Earth.

“A good teacher is one who teaches, explains, demonstrates by field experiences where necessary and most of all – inspires his students,”said Mujumdar stressing that a teacher must feel proud about his profession.

“A good teacher should create ‘academic noise’ by encouraging exchange of thoughts and be open to questioning by the students, thereby ensuring that their education becomes a collaborative process,” Dr Mujumdar said.

“Technology has made it possible for students to know beforehand the content part of education and thus the ‘delivery’ part in teaching has undergone change, with less reliance on chalk and blackboard,” Dr Mujumdar said, adding that motivating the students to seek application of knowledge is now the true test of a teacher’s success.

Member of Parliament from Pune, Anil Shirole, who was the special guest for the function, said the teachers have to play the role to develop sensitive and active citizens as they shape the students at the school or college levels.

Anamika Dasgupta Sharma, Founder and CEO of The Potter’s Earth said, “We, at The Potter’s Earth, feel that student and youth development has to go hand in hand with teacher development because competent teachers create confident adults.”

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