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A good teacher must be a good human being: Prof.  Panda  

A good teacher must be a good human being, said Prof. Santosh Panda, Chairperson, National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE), while delivering a lecture at Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU), Hyderabad. He was speaking on the occasion of Teachers’ Day organized by the School of Education and Training, MANUU.

Speaking on the topic “Higher Education: Teachers, Professional Ethics and Quality,” Prof.  Panda said teaching should be considered a semi-profession, and not as a full profession. However he added, teachers do possess professional knowledge and skills. He further said a good teacher is a reflective and activist teacher. Moreover, a teacher should be a problem-solver, a researcher and a change agent. Only then there is hope for improvement in the quality of teaching-learning.

Prof. Panda also exhorted teachers to inculcate critical thinking among their students.

Prof. Khwaja M. Shahid, Vice chancellor MANUU, in his presidential remarks while agreeing with Prof.  Panda, and referring to a letter received by the university from the Ministry of Rural Development, emphasised the need for skill development through field work especially in rural areas.

An introduction of the university was given by the Registrar, Prof. S. M. Rahmatullah.

Prof. H. Khatija Begum, Dean, School of Education and Training, who was also the coordinator of the programme introduced the speaker to the audience. Prof. Siddiqui Mohammad Mahmood, Head Dept. of Education and Training, conducted the proceeding. (INN)