Teacher's Day: Actors who immortalised teachers on screen

New Delhi: Sometimes strict, sometimes fun and sometimes a disciplinarian- a bevy of Bollywood actors including Amitabh Bachchan, Naseeruddin Shah and Shah Rukh Khan immortalised various avatars of teachers on big screen.On the occasion of Teacher's Day Sep 5, IANS lists some of the actors who gave some inspirational performances on screen.Amitabh Bachchan: Whether it is a strict Narayan Shankar in 'Mohabbatein', an eccentric Debraj Sahai, who gives new life to a deaf, blind and mute girl in 'Black' or an honest Prabhakar Anand of 'Aarakshan', who fought to bring a change in the educational system without compromising on his morals and principles, Amitabh Bachchan brought alive various aspects of a teacher's personality through these films.

Aamir Khan: Bollywood's Mr Perfectionist's portrayal of fun loving and sensitive Ram Shankar Nikhubh in 'Taare Zameen Par' is another unforgettable role. The film showed his belief in a dyslexic child helped the young Ishaan (played by Darsheel Safary) find news ways to learn things. Aamir's warm and emotional portrayal won him critical acclaim, but also commercial success.

Shah Rukh Khan: Shah Rukh donned the garb of a teacher in 'Mohabbatein'. The film showed him playing a music teacher, who has a different way to teach his students, rather than opting for traditional methods. The film didn't well, but Shah Rukh won appreciation.

Naseeruddin Shah: The veteran actor is best remembered for his role as fun-loving Amar Verma in 'Sir', who was more of a friend that just a teacher to his students and goes out of the way to help them in difficult times. This was one of the best performances of Naseer's career. Another memorable role of his career is that of a former cricketer Mohit in the film 'Iqbal', who takes up the task to train a deaf and mute boy named Iqbal.

Sushmita Sen: The actress' sexy, sari-clad, ubercool portrayal of chemistry teacher in 'Main Hoon Na' left many gasping for breath. She redefined the way female teachers were portrayed on screen. Her sexy avatar in bright coloured chiffon saris and halterneck blouses, set the viewers adrenalin rushing.

Shahid Kapoor: Shahid's extended cameo in 'Paathshala' was well appreciated in the film that talked about commercialisation of education. Shahid played the role of music teacher Rahul Udyavar, who strikes instant rapport with students and teachers alike and unifies teachers and students to stands up and fight against the atrocities of school management.

Boman Irani: An ambitious but shrewd college dean Viru Sahastrabudhhe in '3 Idiots' is yet another memorable role played by Boman Irani. This proved to be one of the iconic roles of Boman's career and won him critical acclaim all across. He is also remembered for his role as a strict medical college dean in 'Munnabhai M.B.B.S.'.

Nagesh Kuknoor: 'Rockford', directed by Kukunoor, narrated the story of a teenager Rajesh in Rockford Boy's High School, a boarding school. It tracks the relationship between Rajesh and his PT teacher Johnny Matthews, played by Nagesh. In the film, Johnny teaches Rajesh a lot of important lessons of life

Teacher's Day: Teachers not less than parents, feel little ones

LUDHIANA: On the eve of Teacher's Day, many students across city schools talk about what makes their favourite educationalists so special. 
At Ryan International School, students have been constantly vouching for Anju Rani and Meena Jain, teachers who have been working there for eight years. A science teacher, Rani has been voted "the best teacher" in a poll conducted by the school, while Jain is a home science teacher who is liked by almost every student in the school. 
Class IX student Avneet says, "Anju ma'am is a perfect mathematics teacher," while her classmate Celina calls her "a very innovative teacher". Taranpreet and Navneet adore her for being "friendly and perky". Another Ryanite Seerat Kaur says, "Meenu ma'am has a knack of endearing herself to her students," whereas Aman says, "She is like my mother." 
Class XII student Saurabh Todi considers Jain "a fair person who treats everyone equally," and Stephy says, "She not only understands a student's problems but even helps with solutions." 
For tiny tots in the playschools of the city, the teachers are no less than parents. The kids at Cherubs Pre-school are missing their Manpreet ma'am this Teacher's Day as she is on leave due to her mother's sickness. The toddlers are offering prayers for their teacher's mother and regularly enquiring about her wellness. The other favourite among the toddlers of Cherubs is Sabia ma'am. 
Dugri Phase II resident Isha Sedhora says, "My son Kabeer respects his teachers a lot and he is even planning a surprise for them on Teacher's Day." The kids at Cherrylane Play School call their teachers "momma" or "masi" and Teacher's Day for them is no different than Mother's Day. The little kids are planning to dress up as their favourite teacher during this year's Teachers' Day celebrations. BRS Nagar resident Gurinder Kaur, who is the favourite "momma" or "masi" for toddlers at Cherrylane, says she has been working at the playschool for over seven years. "The kids are all my darlings and they share everything with me during the time they spend here. Most of them stay in touch even after passing from the school." Model Town Extension resident Kavleen Kaur says her son Shahanveer is so fond of his teachers that he prepared a Teacher's Day card for them on his own.

Teachers' Day: Toast to your teacher

BANGALORE: The teacher is `more available to them' , more approachable' and "willing to hear us out" as compared to their own parents. A survey among 3,000 students showed that they also thought teachers are more "cool" than their parents when it comes to pressure or reacting to their performance. However, when it came to career decisions, it was to their parents these kids turned.
The nationwide survey was conducted among 3,246 students from class 9 to 12 across 8 cities — Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Jamshedpur, Lucknow and Pune.
"Lucknow topped the country with the highest respect for its teachers at 89% followed by Pune and Jamshedpur at 86%. Children in Bangalore specifically distinguished the efforts that teachers put in towards their subject and that translated into respect," the study said.
Teaching might be the hailed as the noblest of professions but Gen Y doesn't think it's cool enough: only 6% of the surveyed were keen on becoming teachers. The survey was conducted by Greycaps, an organization run by quizmaster Giri Pickbrain.

Teacher's Day: It's back to school for ex-students

GUWAHATI: Even after we are all grown up and settled in domesticity or our professions, the memories of our carefree schooldays remain fresh in most people's minds. And Teacher's Dayis an occasion that evokes those memories, especially those of our favourite teachers. And while most may let the day pass in a haze of memories, there are many who actively go out and meet the teachers of their formative years, and wish them health and happiness on their special day.
Moonmoon Deka, a city-based bank employee, belongs to the latter category. Even though it has been almost a decade since she left school, she still makes it a point to drop in at her alma mater and spend some time with her teachers on Teacher's Day and this year is going to be no exception. "I studied at Pragjyotish School in Panbazar and I try and visit my school every year to wish my teachers. This year too, I plan to drop in at the school."

Teacher's Day: Uttarakhand Guv, Puducherry CM greet scholars on Radhakrishnan birth anniversary

Uttarakhand Governor Aziz Qureshi greeted academicians on the eve of Teachers Day that marks the birth anniversary of the country's second President, noted teacher and thinker Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.
Congratulating teachers of Uttarakhand honoured with the President's award for their contribution in the field of education, Qureshi said in this age of infomation technology, the role of teachers had become more challenging as now it was their responsibility to encourage students to follow their creativity and original ideas.
Inculcating values like patience, discipline, sensitivity and compassion in their students is a very important part of a teacher's work," he said.
Puducherry Chief Minister N Rangasamy also greeted the teaching community on the eve of the Teacher's Day synchronising with the birth anniversary of former President Dr S Radhakrishnan.

Teacher's Day: PM concerned about poor levels of student learning

New Delhi: Voicing concern at the 'poor levels of student learning', Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that focus needed to be shifted from enrolment and access to education to "what goes on in the classroom and the school".
Addressing award-winning teachers on the eve of Teachers' Day, Dr Singh stressed on assessing the benefit children were getting from education. He also thanked teachers for contributing to the process of nation building.
Awards will be given to teachers by President Pranab Mukherjee on the occasion, which marks the birthday of former president and educationist S Radhakrishnan.

President of India Flags off The DTU Passenger Solar Car

The Solar Passenger Car has been designed and developed by a team of Delhi Technological University (DTU). The team comprises of an interdisciplinary group of under-graduate students headed by Shri Dhiraj Mishra of the Electronics and Communication Engineering Department of DTU. With a top speed of 120 km/hr, the solar car is a zero carbon emission, completely eco-friendly car and has a sedan shape with a seating capacity of 2 and option of adding 3 seats more. The body is made of special grade Matt Fibre in order to keep the solar car light in weight and performance oriented. Flexible modules of Mono crystalline solar silicon cells of 21.4% efficiency have been pasted all over the top of the body in order to entrap maximum solar energy. In all, 800 W is generated from the solar modules.

Bleak outlook for Indian markets

With the Nifty dropping to 5,300 levels, the current outlook for the Indian markets seems bleak in the medium term.
Current reactions to the gross domestic product (GDP) data announced on Friday suggest that the Nifty will continue to be volatile. With an unexpected strong growth of 5.5 per cent, the GDP data have dashed hopes of possible rate cuts by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), leading to tightened levels of liquidity. As of now, we expect the first half of September to remain highly volatile while in the second half, after September 17, 2012, we may see a sideways consolidation for the next move.

Economic slowdown may take toll on job opportunities: FICCI

Economic slowdown is expected to take toll on employment opportunities in the country as the Ficci business confidence survey has turned negative on this count for the first time since the 2008-09 global crisis.
It showed that Indian industry is in a sombre mood. "The net responses with regard to prospect of employment opportunities has turned negative, the first time since the 2008-09 crisis. Thus, the current economic slowdown coupled with a negative growth in the employment prospects, may force the economy into a jobless growth," the survey said.
It said there is also a possibility for decline in investments in the coming months.

'Current education system needs a transformation'

Teacher's Day is an ideal occasion to explore how our educators can be equipped so that they in turn can equip India's young population, writes Ranbir Singh, director, Public Sector,Microsoft India.
There was a time when a notebook and pencil were sufficient tools for study in a classroom. In today's world, students need much more to prepare themselves for the job market. The thing that has not changed is the impact a teacher can have on the life and learning of a student.

On current form, Virat is India’s best batsman: Dravid

Former captain Rahul Dravid today lavished praise on Virat Kohli, terming him the “best Indian batsman” on current form, and said that anchoring the stiff run-chase under pressure in the second Test against New Zealand would do his confidence a world of good.
Virat has been fantastic. On current form, he is the best batsman in the Indian team. He has really grabbed the opportunities provided,” said Dravid, who was invited by the official broadcasters as a guest commentator.

WR to provide stoppage to 59440 Ahmedabad-Borivali Passenger at Adas Road station.

For the convenience of passengers, Western Railway has decided to provide stoppage to 59440 Ahmedabad – Borivali Passenger at Adas Road station on Vadodara – Anand Section with effect from 05th September, 2012.

Accordingly 59440 Ahmedabad- Borivali Passenger will reach Adas Road station at 01.34 hrs & will depart at 01.35 hrs.

 This stoppage has been given on experimental basis for a period of Six months.
Source - CPRO, WR


DISRUPTION continued today for rail passengers as engineers repair a stretch of track where a landslip caused a train to derail.
Off the rails: The train came off the track due to a landslip
More than 100 passengers were on board a service that came off the railway on the Cumbrian coastal route. No-one was injured.
Network Rail engineers have now started work to repair the affected piece of line, with work not due to be completed until Monday.
That means services being suspended at Whitehaven for those travelling west from Carlisle.
No trains will run between Whitehaven and Sellafield stations until after the weekend.
The Sellafield service, which does not normally run on Sundays anyway, is used by some Carlisle-based workers travelling to the nuclear complex.
Repair work on the track will be concentrated at Nethertown, one mile from the St Bees station.
It will also involve strengthening sea defences
The derailment came as devastating flash floods struck in the west of the county, hitting homes and causing severe travel problems.
Terrified passengers on board the derailed train said that the carriages rattled and bumped before grounding to a halt.
Three hours after becoming stranded, a relief train, which had travelled from Sellafield, took the passengers back to the nuclear plant.
But their hopes were soon shattered when they hit another landslide, the other side of Nethertown station, and had to turn around and head back to where they had come from.
Police vehicles and coaches met them off the train and finally took them to safety – five hours after the train derailed.
The Rail Accident Investigation Branch immediately started to conduct an investigation. A Network Rail helicopter scoured the west coast line, searching for further problems.
Jo Kaye, Network Rail route managing director, said that the line is likely to reopen on Monday morning.
Coaches will transport passengers between Whitehaven and Sellafield while the work is being carried out.
Meanwhile, it has emerged that the owners of a hotel engulfed by a flash flood had hours earlier watched their house being flattened after part of it crumbled into a river.
Ken O’Hara and Belinda Taylor could not believe their luck when they were hit with two separate disasters at their properties, which are four miles apart.
The back of their four-storey house on Vale View in Egremont collapsed into the River Ehen on Tuesday and bulldozers moved in to flatten it overnight.
And unbelievably, less than 48 hours later, the couple’s hotel The Blackbeck Inn, was hit by flash floods yesterday.
At the Blackbeck Inn, on the A595 just outside of Beckermet, the dining room, toilets, bar area, reception, laundry room and car park were under water during the downpour.
But it wasn’t until 6am, when the water had seeped out, when Mr O’Hara got up to go to work at Sellafield that he realised what had happened.
“We never heard a thing,” he said. “I just came downstairs and put my foot in it. Then it started to dawn on me that we had a real problem.
“I saw the mud in the bar and then I started to salvage things.”
A £50,000 fund has been set up for victims of the flooding in Cumbria.
The ‘emergency assistance’ cash has been set up by Cumbria Community Foundation and is aimed at people over 70, families with children under five and people with disabilities or on low incomes.
People can apply for grants of up to £1,000 to help them clean up their homes and recover from the flooding.

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