On the occasion of Teacher’s Day, KISS DU held a five-day-long celebratory extravaganza to commemorate the contributions of the teachers, influencers, and idols who have touched our lives.

Various Events organized under Shikshak Parv

Seminar on “Teacher the Lighthouse”

A seminar on the topic ‘Teacher the Lighthouse’ was held on 7th September 2022

The School of Tribal Legal Studies and Tribal Rights (STLS), KISS-DU organized a seminar to uphold this event titled “Teacher the Lighthouse” on 7th September 2022 at the academic block at KISS DU at 15:00 hours. The chief speaker of the event was Professor Swarnamayee Tripathy, Professor Emerita, KISS-DU. It included faculty, and students from Sociology, Social Work, and Anthropology of STLS. This event was moderated by MSW student Abhilasha Topno.

The seminar started with the Welcome Address by Dr.Pragyan Mohanty, Dean STLS. She spoke about the importance of the event and highlighted the role of teachers in our lives she also spoke a few words about the contribution of Professor Swarnamayee Tripathy in the profession of teaching.

The guest was formally introduced by Dr.Anindita Naik, Assistant Professor in Anthropology, KISS-DU, which was followed by a Powerpoint presentation by the PG IInd year students of the Anthropology Programme. The presentation included a detailed slide show on the great teachers and influencers of our soil like Her Excellency Madam President, Smt Draupadi Murmu, Founder of KIIT and KISS Professor Achyuta Samanta Sir.

The chief speaker Professor Swarnamayee Tripathy started by emphasizing the role of an idol in recent times and said that the teacher is the best role model for the students. She spoke to the students about the significance of teacher’s day and highlighted legendary stories like the sacrifice of Ekalavya for his teacher Dronaacharya. Madam highlighted many such stories from great Indian Epics to give a tribute to the teachers and spoke about how like a lighthouse the teachers’ role is to focus on the students and show them the right path.

This was followed by an interactive session.

Masters in Social Work (MSW) student Halima Wadeka proposed a Vote of Thanks

Book Reading

A Book reading campaign Organised by the Library on dt. 07.09.2022 at 11AM in the library reading room. The Postgraduate Students of the Odia, English, Hindi and Sanskrit departments participated in the campaign. Four students from Hindi, Four Students from English, Three Students from Odia and one Student from Sanskrit department participated in the programme. The Faculty Members of the Concerned department present in the reading room and motivated the students.

Lectures by Professor Jatindra Kumar Nayak on various themes related to the role of teachers as envisaged in NEP 2020

An Invited Lecture was organized on 8th September 2022. The topic was ‘Role of Teachers as Envisaged in NEP 2020’

School of Comparative Tribal Languages and Literatures, KISS DU organized a lecture on ‘Role of Teachers as Envisaged in NEP-2020’.

At the very outset, Dr. Chittaranjan Bhoi, English Programme gave a short introduction on the topic and its significance. He gave everyone a warm welcome, including the keynote speaker, a veteran academician, a translator and a literary critic, Professor Jatindra Kumar Nayak. In his introductory remark, he introduced the speaker, briefed on the role of teachers in the lives of students and scholars and appreciated the effort by the faculties of the School of Comparative Tribal Languages and Literatures.

Professor Nayak mentioned the colonial educational system in British India. He beautifully referred to the history and development of English language and the intention of the Britishers for Indian education system. Moreover, he remarks that how our forefathers advocated for education leading to literacy in India to counter Britishers and their dehumanizing policies. Because of low literacy rate approximately only 12 percent led us to be utilized by a few clever English people. Macaulay’s faulty education system couldn’t help Indians by any means. The speaker also mentions that the real intention of the western people was to keep Indians away from being literate which we understood later on. He states different education policies and diagnosed the NEP 2020 and its beneficial objectives. Professor Nayak refers the great saying that ‘Knowledge is Power’ which is the real basis of the New Education Policy 2020. Teachers are to be knowledge oriented in a lifelong process. Dangerous weapons can be countered by the power of knowledge. Giving position on power of knowledge he again mentions some literary figures like Francis Bacon and importance of education for us. Access, excellence and innovation are the main pillars of true teachers as envisaged by NEP 2020.

After such enlightening and interesting lecture, Dr. Rasmita Tripathy, Dean, School of Comparative Tribal Language and Literature offered formal vote of thanks. She welcomed the sincerity of all the scholars and intellectuals present in the gathering. Additionally, she greatly admired the keynote speaker of the day and his memorable talk.

Exhibition on Contribution on Teachers in Indian Knowledge System

An exhibition on Teachers in Indian Knowledge System were in the role, responsibilities of teachers in the education system was discussed. The gist of the discourse was that teachers provide the power of education to today’s youth, thereby giving them the possibility for a better future. Teachers simplify the complex and make abstract concepts accessible to students. The profession of a teacher in ancient India had a very high code of honour. The duty of the teacher to transmit knowledge or cultural heritage to the future generation was an imperative. On the occasion of Teachers Day, a poster exhibition on contribution of teachers to Indian Knowledge System was organized by the school of Comparative Indic Studies and Tribal Sciences (SCIS) on 9th Sept.2022.  In order to motivate students and to ignite them, the posters of most highlighted legendary was displayed in front of the school of CIST. Students of Botany, Zoology and Food Science Technology had participated in the event. All the faculty members of the school were present and inspired the students.

On 9th September,2022 an exhibition was organized by the School of Tribal Heritage and Tribal Indology of KISS-DU. The theme was Contribution of teachers in Indian knowledge System. The post graduate students of education prepared various colourful posters representing contribution of teachers in Indian knowledge system under the guidance of respective staff members of the department. The exhibition started around 4pm and ended around 6pm. The students prepared a poster flashing different education system during ancient, medieval and modern eras. This exhibition mainly focused on Indian education system in general and Odisha in particular.

Panel Discuss on Role of Teachers on 09.09.2022

A panel discussion on “Technology cannot Replace a Teacher for Effective Classroom Teaching” in LT-111 (First Floor), Academic Building of KISS DU to mark the occasion of Sikhyak Parav.

Distinguished Speaker Dr. Pratip Kumar Mishra, Asso. Professor (Retd.), P.N. College, Khurda emphatically put forth his argument that there is no replacement of Teachers in class room. Technology can be used as a support mechanism for the up gradation of a teacher but that does not mean technology can take the place of a Teacher. Citing the examples of Gurukula Sikshya to online classes during Covid Pandemic, he logically proved that a leaving touch of a Teacher in class can impart real education to the students. Prof. Harish Chandra Sahoo, Chair Professor, KISS DU reiterated the fact that technology based teaching and physical teaching should go hand in hand. He further said that Teachers should be respected for their commitment, dedication and seriousness in grooming students as the future of the nation. Dr. Yasobanta Das, Dean, School of IKST delivered the welcome address on the occasion. Dr. Sujata Acharya, Principal, KISS offered her introductory speech while Dr. Chitta Ranjan Bhoi, Vice-Principal, KISS moderated the panel discussion and Dr. Susanta Mohapatra, HoD, Mathematics offered word of thanks to the guest and students present.

Screening of Educational Films – Jhund & Super 30 on 09.09.2022

The movie “Super 30” tells the inspiring story of math genius Anand Kumar, who is attempting to change the lives of meritorious but destitute students, 30 at a time. Despite the rousing tale and fine performances, the film is bogged down by the lengthy run-time and needless doses of drama. Super 30 introduces Anand Kumar though his brilliance gets him a seat in the prestigious University of Cambridge, he is unable to attend because of lack of money. As he goes from door to door looking for sponsorship, his father passes away and he is forced to sell papads made by his mother. In a particularly heartbreaking scene, his acceptance letter is used as a wrapper for his wares and carelessly discarded into the chulha. Anand’s fortunes turn around when he is discovered by Lallan Singh (Aditya Srivastava), who runs a coaching centre for IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) aspirants and wants him on board as a teacher. However, when Anand realises that there are many Anand Kumars out there who are forced to give up on their dreams because of impoverished circumstances, he decides to give up the good life and open a free coaching centre for such deserving but poor students. This is the inspiring theme of the movie which influenced the young minds.