About 80 academic and academic support staff of WOU celebrated Teachers Day at the main campus today. They each received a bookmark that read, “The best teachers teach from the heart, not from the book.”
A group of On Campus Learning (OCL) students from the inaugural batch thrilled the crowd with their rendition of two songs, ‘You Raise Me Up’ and ‘Because You Loved Me’. Lim Tze Chean, a Bachelor of Business (Hons) in Management student, presented a beautiful guitar solo instrumental piece. The participation by the students was to show their gratitude and appreciation to the academics.
“All of us should feel appreciated today because we are in the education profession where our responsibility is to educate the younger generation. With this, we must also be able to appreciate ourselves as teachers who have a very important and influencing role to play in a student’s life,” said Prof Santhiram Raman, the 2014 Teachers Day Celebration organising committee chairman and Dean of the School of Languages & Communications.
Prof Mohandas Menon, representing the Vice Chancellor, wished everyone a ‘Happy Teachers Day’. He remarked that “In Hindu philosophy, a teacher is considered next to God and God is the only one beyond the teacher.” He said this showed the high esteem accorded to teachers in the community and he hoped that the teachers of today will likewise remain committed to the cause of educating the next generation.
Prof Santhiram, together with School of Business & Administration Dean Prof N V Narasimham and School of Science & Technology Deputy Dean Ishan Abeywardena then cut the beautiful and elegantly designed custom made cake with the WOU logo on it.
Guest of honour psychologist Dr Steven Selvaraju gave tips on how to identify the main causes of stress in the workplace in his talk on ‘Stress Management.’ He stated that stress can have negative effects on health in the long run and must therefore be addressed immediately.
The celebration ended with the staff being feted with hi-tea and another surprise cake by the OCL students present.