From Ustad To A Teacher

There are very few teachers who can qualify to be an Ustad

Education is cornerstone of society. Human beings are cognitive creatures having ability to think , analyse and conclude. Societal status depends on certain well defined attributes and Education stands at the top of all. Education is the process, the way that develops the complete personality of a person. It accomplishes in us the ways of living, behaving and gives finishing touch to our lives. It is the process of opening doors of learning or the procurement of knowledge, skills,  values, beliefs and habits in humans. But these processes are never natural and are always facilitated by good teachers.

A powerful driver of development and one of the strong instrument of reducing poverty and improving health, gender equality, peace and stability is good and proper education of society. And the sole significant factor behind all this is reasonable and pleasant teacher. And all these improvements of community or a nation are always worthwhile for respected and good teachers. But when the society faces moral crisis on part of teachers ,the situation leads to dystopian theme. The teachers are responsible for inculcation of good habits with living experience to prepare the base for situation. However the contemporary teachers are failing miserably in their performance of duties rather they divert attention to other irrelevant activities thus threatening students from physical to mental orientation. The severe injury suffered by a 12th standard boy after being beaten by a teacher in BHSS School Sogam, Lolab in Kupwara district is latest example. He was filling a form placed on the bonnet of a car belonging to a teacher. Teacher, infuriated at this, gave him a severe thrashing causing grievous injuries. He is in a critical condition and battling for life in a hospital. 
 The student-teacher relation is to be viewed through prism of education which emphasizes on discipline and morality. The relationship stands on the sentinel of respected principles. The teacher is well honoured personality known by some as Guru and some as Ustad in this part of the world. 
There is a fundamental difference between a teacher and a Guru/Ustad. Teacher is the one who teaches us about the objects and processes of the external world, while guru teaches us the techniques of exploring the reality of our inner being- i.e. self, by which our life changes.  Progress in life is possible by learning from a good teacher, but real peace and happiness comes only by learning from an enlightened Ustad.

The student-teacher relationship should be at par with that of a parent and child as teacher is considered to be the spiritual father of the student. Many express their emotions in different ways to pay tribute to this recognized position. They hold the teacher in high esteem. In Western countries it's customary to pay more respect to teachers than civil service officers. In many places there are separate colonies for teachers so that they live in a good environment. 
On the other hand our society which once sweared by teacher-student relationship has lost faith in this institution. The major cause being commercialization of education which brought mine and thine in the realm of overall educational sphere. The rising trend of private institutions with complex modules made the education cumbersome for early childhood. The initiation of alien education patterns without moral upbringing has led to crisis in the education system. This orientation is visible in degradation of students respect towards teachers.

Secondly the complex growth of tuition centres eroded this relationship further. We are pursuing  higher grades not education. Teachers take-up challenge against sum of money as profession has turned  merely as a means of livelihood. 
Teachers are nation builders is an oft repeated sobriquet. Early start of moral education based on essence of religious duty to " Respect elders ( teachers ) for students while as compassion for youngsters (students) to elders", T S R Subramanian Committee report suggests adding both of them should learn to know this intricate relationship and pay due regards to it. The administrative mechanism of including more women teachers, who know the motherhood approach very well in field, need to be increased. On different orientation all women schools, colleges and universities be operationalized in future. To a short term strategy strict penalty shall be the result of such brutality which leads to severe injury or death in certain cases. And the teacher should be suspended immediately for his grave act. A proper redressal cell under chair of principle need to be established at both private as well as public institutions. The cross examination of schools should be worked out at evaluation stage for those papers internally held by educational institutions to curb the Mental depression of any friction related incident of student with teacher. Lastly a strict code for students be implemented as both of them lead to crisis in this field. Until and unless teachers learn to know their responsibility the mere identity card doesn't bestows them sobriquet of Spiritual Father, as teacher is also known as. They have to prove it through deeds.
Author hails from Misribehak Machil Kupwara and can be reached at [email protected]*


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