Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Teacher’s Day 2011 - Samarpan

The dawn of 5th September brought with it an auspicious breeze. It was the day when the students came to pay their dakshina to their Gurus, the day to remember how they have reached to this position that they are standing now, the day to pay a tribute to their beloved teachers. Yes friends that grand day was Teacher’s day. I have experienced in A.V.M. that ‘Teacher’s do not teach they inspire’. It simply means that Teacher’s don’t teach us to go through life but grow through life.

In today’s world, people are becoming more inclined towards e-learning. Electronic technology is trying to take the place of teachers but not at Atmiya Vidya Mandir because it is a different school. Here we believe in the tradition of Guru and shishya and so this day is celebrated here with grandeur. This year it was entitled ‘Samarpan’ which means surrendering to the wisdom of the teachers. The most amazing thing about today’s celebration was that the whole event was organized by the team of 11th standard students. It was so grand that it is difficult to express in words. The event began when the teachers were escorted by the students to their seats on a floral carpet and greeted with hand-made cards. A melodious tune on flute played by Bhoolku Ghanshyam then warmed up the atmosphere. The poojan was offered to Thakorji and the auspicious lamp was lit by respected Principal Sir, Dr. Vijay Patel.

The function was anchored by Bhoolku Sahishnu and Bhoolku Aniruddh. The humour was nicely incorporated in their anchoring and that made the event lively. A presentation was shown about the importance of the day that is the birthday of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishanan, a great teacher of India. Later on some teachers were interviewed. I still remember the answer given by Kshitij Sir. The question asked was “What makes you a passionate teacher?” And the answer given was “My students make me a passionate teacher.”

Following the interview, a presentation was also shown about our spiritual master and eternal teacher, P.P. Hariprasad Swamiji. Then, a student, Bhoolku Deval expressed his respect to the teachers through a heartfelt song. Later an inspiring skit was performed on how a teacher can bring transformation in student’s life which was directed and enacted by the students. It was followed by an emotional tribute by Vishlesh Gondalia and Atmiya K. Patel through short speeches, to all the teachers who have helped the students in their life’s journey at AVM. Next, there was a breath taking dance choreographed and performed by the students of Std. 9 and 10. In the end a slide show was shown on sweet memories of teachers with students, which was cheered by all the students.

The most memorable moment of the event was a concluding prayer offered by the students to express their gratitude, love and respect for the teachers. The prayer was so touching that all the teachers were in tears. Through prayer the students confessed with utmost humility that they were nothing without teachers.

We the students of A.V.M., are really thankful to all the teachers….

क्योंकि अगर आप न होते तो हम न होते, अगर आप न होते, तो ये खुशियाँ न होती, अगर आप न होते, तो हमारे गम न मिटते, अगर आप न होते, तो ये ज़िन्दगी रोशन न होती, अगर आप न होते तो ये जग सुना-सुना-सा होता।

आपने हमें जीना सिखाया,

आपने जो दिया...वो ना ही लौटाया जा सकता है, ना ही व्यक्त किया जा सकता है। आपने तो बस हमारे ही ख्वाब बुने। हमने जो सपने देखे, उसे आपने सच बनाएँ, आप है, तो ज़िन्दा है हम।

आपके के पास जो है, वह तोला नहीं जा सकता, लेकिन फिर भी आपने हमें चुना।

आपसे ज्ञान लेकर आगे बढ़ने का सोचा; लेकिन हमारी तो ख़्वाईश यही है कि हम जितने भी दूर जाएँ.....वापस आपके पास ही आए और आपको चिल्ला-चिल्लाकर कहें—“THANK YOU TEACHERS”, क्योंकि गर आप है, तो ज़िंदा है हम।

A.V.M. teachers do not teach us history, but inspire to create history.

Written by: Harshit Mehta (Std.VII B)

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