Central Government had decided to celebrate Teacher’s Day as “Guru Utsav” for the year 2014. The Centre's move to celebrate Guru Utsav and the planned interaction of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi with school children.
Manish Tewari, a congress leader said that the renaming of the Teacher’s day simply a packaging exercise and said the government is trying to change the labeling of Teacher’s Day as ‘Guru Utsav’.
Smriti Irani said 'Guru Utsav' is just an essay competition being organized for students both past and present and will focus on the contribution of teachers in the student lives. Over 1.3 lakh students have already taken part in the contest of essay writing.
Smriti Irani said government has not changed the name of the day celebrated as Teacher's Day on the occasion of the birth anniversary of the late President S Radhakrishnan.
Smriti Irani also rejected reports that the Central government was celebrating the day as ‘Guru Utsav’, maintaining it was the name of an essay competition and wondered if those criticizing were doing it intentionally for political reasons. She said that September 5, the birth anniversary of former President late S Radhakrishnan, will continue to be celebrated as Teachers’ Day.
Narendra Modi is planned to interact with about 1,000 students at Manekshaw Auditorium in the Capital via video conferencing facility which will be beamed live to over 18 lakh Government and private schools in the country through Doordarshan and education channels.
The Teacher's Day celebration would be unique in nature where on one side the President will be awarding best teachers and on the other side the PM will directly engage with students.
The timing of the PM's speech is from 3 pm to 4.45 pm. Manish Tewari said, If the PM wants to share his pearls of knowledge with the children of the country , at least we could have was adjusted the speech timing to the school timings, rather than making students stay back after school and problematic them and their parents.
States like West Bengal have stated conflict over entire application, with the state's Education Minister Partha Chatterjee saying that they have little time in making necessary arrangements for it.
Guru Utsav 2014 has nothing to do with renaming Teacher’s Day. It’s just the essay competition held for the students all over India on account of Teacher’s Day. Those who are opposing this are doing intentionally because of political reasons.
Leaders of PMK and MDMK, S Ramadoss and Vaiko, demanded that the Centre have to immediately withdraw the order to rename Teachers' Day as 'Guru Utsav.
While welcoming Prime Minister Narendra Modi's decision to interact with students on September 5, Ramadoss on the other side opposed the day being called as 'Guru Utsav.'