Teaching is profession of Prophets: Prof Qazi
SRINAGAR: As part of its annual tradition, Private Schools Association of Jammu and Kashmir (PSAJK) on Friday celebrated World Teachers Day at SRM Welkin School, Sopore.
This year, the Chairman Scientific Review Committee Michigan State University USA, Prof Qazi Azher was the chief guest.
In his speech, Prof Qazi highlighted the need to understand changing dynamics of education and said that Arts too is a Science stream and needs to be approached scientifically. He spoke about the need of quality education for the wellbeing of society.
Prof Qazi said that teaching is a profession of prophets, which shoulders heavy responsibility on those who choose teaching as their career.
Regarding current challenges in educations sector, he said that about 60 percent students in the world do not have access to schools and that there is marked deficiency of teachers everywhere especially in developing world.
“A teacher should always strive to upgrade his knowledge and teaching methods. A good teacher has blessing of God because teachers are nation builders,” he said adding, “There is great shortage of well trained teachers in Kashmir too. Teachers need modern research-based effective instructional techniques and above all teachers should use evidence-based pedagogy.”
Prof Qazi said students love to learn by doing, therefore hands-on inquiry-based methodology should be adopted by teachers.
On this occasion, Prof Qazi was presented the ‘Teacher of Teachers Award’ by PSAJK.
Prof Qazi heads many prominent research institutions in USA and is working with SCERTs of many states in India. He is involved in teaching Brain-Based Education, Science of Learning and Teaching, Hands-On Enquiry-Based Methodology, research-based teaching techniques, and Science of Scientific Investigation.
Those present on the occasion included G N Var, Chairman PSAJK, Anayatullah Hajni, Vice-President PSAJK, Baseema Ajaz, Vice-Chairperson, SRM Welkin School, Murtaza Geelani, Vice Principal Govt Degree college Baramulla, Ab Raub Shad, Principal Govt Boys Hr Sec Sopore, Haneefa Qureshi, Principal Govt Girls Hr Sec Sopore, Javed Ahmad Bhat, Co-ordination Committee Sopore, Haji Muhammad Akbar, President Civil Society Sopore, Adv Irshad Rashid, Secretary Bar Association Sopore, Dr Zahoor Ahmad Baba, Ex Dean FAO Wadoora and others.