What is the true definition of teacher ? Is he simply a person whose occupation is teaching or he who guides, inspires the life of a pupil? Both the question and answer are difficult. But India has her own answer and from time immemorial, Hindu civilization has been considering teacher as the true representative of the Almighty. The ancient Vedic Sloka states with conviction - Guru Devo Maheshwaraha, Guru Brahma Gurur Vishnu, Tasmai Sree Gurave Namaha, Guru Saakshat Para Brahma,” This means that Guru (teacher) is in truth the representative of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva and is responsible for creating, sustaining knowledge and destroying the saga of ignorance. What should be the ideal form a teacher then? If you want to find a role model or an ideal teacher whose moral excellence, sagacity motivates students for more than millenniums; you have to concentrate on Great Chanakya.
Acharya Chanakya was most instrumental in usurping the Nanda dynasty and establishing the widely acclaimed Maurya Empire. Besides he did form “ArtahShastra” – a treatise depicting the ideal form of welfare economics, statecraft, political science, sociology and the King above all. The efficacy and fame of the treatise is not limited within the sphere of India only but has motivated the West to a large extent too. all these indicate that the role of a teacher doesn’t end within the classroom but in building up a humane, vigorous nation and society at large.But this is not possible for everyone to achieve.
These days any individual can be a teacher provided that he/she satisfied the necessary conditions as per the government rules. But this can’t sole the problem. The significance of a teacher in the role of an architect of the nation demands that only the best and most sagacious, intelligent, proficient members of the society should be enabled to qualify for this noble vocation.
Even if people, these days, consider teaching as a vocation simply, a student can’t develop both intellectually and morally if he/she gets the worst guidance thanks to the presence of worst teacher. An individual is the smallest unit of society.