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Last Updated: August 15, 2023, 17:53 IST
The central government had invited 50 teachers from across the country to Red Fort to celebrate Independence Day 2023. The teachers were shortlisted by the department of school education and literacy based on their outstanding performance in their fields. These teachers were from the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Kendriya Vidyalaya schools.
The education ministry recently shared the happiness of attending the 77th day along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other dignitaries. One day before the celebration, shortlisted teachers were taken on a tour of India Gate, the War Memorial, and the Pradhanmantri Sangrahalaya.
Taking to microblogging site X (former Twitter), the education ministry posted, “Every step we take to mould young minds is a building block for a brighter tomorrow. Presence of Special Invitees for this year’s Independence Day Ceremony, at the National War Memorial, New Delhi, fills our hearts with inspiration and pride. These National Awardee teachers from Kendriya Vidyalaya are among many who have dedicated their lives for shaping the future of our country.”(sic)
Some national award-winning teachers, including Rekha Mittapalli, Rajni Baliya, S Bharat Ratna, and DK Singh, were among the teachers invited to the celebrations. Presenting their gratitude to the Education Ministry for the invitation teachers called the initiative a lifetime opportunity.
Rekha Mittapalli, from Kendriya Vidyalaya, Hyderabad in a video message said, “It is indeed a great pleasure for us to be invited to the function. It is a proud moment for all of us to interact with teachers and officials.”
Smt. Rekha Mittapalli, a National Awardee teacher from Kendriya Vidyalaya, Hyderabad, is one of the Special Invitees for this year’s Independence Day Ceremony. It reminds us of the contributions of our teachers who are the architects of progress.#IDC2023 #SpecialGuestIDC… pic.twitter.com/miVs9IJohX— Ministry of Education (@EduMinOfIndia) August 14, 2023
Another teacher from KVS, AA Siddiqui who also attended this year’s Independence Day ceremony at Red Fort said, “I thank authorities from KV and government of India to recognise my works. It reminds us of the profound impact educators have on shaping our nation’s destiny.”
Mr. A.A. Siddiqui, a teacher from Kendriya Vidyalaya, Chhattisgarh, a Special Invitee for this year’s Independence Day Ceremony for his notable contribution to education. It reminds us of the profound impact educators have on shaping our nation’s destiny.#SpecialGuestIDC… pic.twitter.com/AiZ0bmIOOl— Ministry of Education (@EduMinOfIndia) August 14, 2023
Meanwhile, several colleges and universities celebrated the 77th Independence Day with much enthusiasm. JNU students took an oath while IIM Ahmedabad students participated in the ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ and ‘Meri Maati, Mera Desh’ campaigns with patriotic fervour followed by cultural performances and competitions.