Prime Minister Narendra Modi has already wished the country on the occasion of Teacher's Day.
In an email message to all teachers, the Prime Minister has accorded the teaching profession the pride of a divine responsibility to 'guide and enlighten'.
"We salute all teachers, who tirelessly light the lamp of knowledge," the Prime Minister said.
He said that by according high status to the teaching community, India had once attained the status of Vishwaguru. "We must once again accord such respect to the teachers and thereby regain that status where India becomes the beacon of knowledge for the entire world," he added.
The Prime Minister also paid his tributes to Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan , on whom Teacher's day is commemorated.
"Teacher, scholar and statesman, he remains an inspiration for the entire Nation," the PM added.
He also informally interacted with about 350 awardee teachers at his residence, on the eve of Teachers` Day. In course of the conversation, the Prime Minister remarked that "teaching" is not a profession or job, but a way of life - "jeevan dharm." He said a teacher never retires, and always continues to endeavour to teach the new generation.
The teachers participated enthusiastically in the informal interaction, and expressed their views on various aspects of teaching, and what being a good teacher entails.
The Prime Minister said that if a society is to progress, its teachers must always be two steps ahead of time. They need to understand changes happening across the world, and prepare the new generation accordingly by arousing curiosity in them, he added.
The HRD Ministry has already send circulars for schools to make arrangements to assemble the children today to make them view the Prime Minister's address.
The event has already begun and will continue till 4.45 pm. Modi is addressing about 1,000 students from the Manekshaw Auditorium here which is being broadcasted live by all Doordarshan channels and on radio.
The prime minister will also take questions from some students spread across the country through a video-conference facility.