New Delhi : Tamil Nadu government would stick to ‘Teachers Day’ tag, avoiding reference of ‘Guru Utsav’ anywhere in the celebrations, a senior state government official said. Meanwhile, notwithstanding the political differences, the Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh has made elaborate arrangements to ensure that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech reaches lakhs of students in the state this Teachers’ Day.

Tamil Nadu government’s education department is going ahead with organising Teachers Day celebrations as it used to do in the previous years. It will honour 377 teachers with the Best Teachers Award this year. “This year, 377 teachers will be conferred Nallasiriyar Awards (Best Teachers’ Award) and the function will be held at Madras Christian College Higher Secondary School and we will stick to Teachers Day tag and avoid using new references,” a senior state government official.

Asked if the government would make arrangements to show interaction of Prime Minister Modi with children in state-run schools, the official said, there “are no plans as of now,” and added that private schools, be it matriculation or CBSE were free to show the interaction.

The UP secondary education department has issued detailed instructions asking for the necessary arrangements to be made for the live telecast of the speech, which has come under attack in some opposition quarters amidst a clarification from the Centre that the exercise involving students was voluntary.

Ahead of the event on Sept. 5, the Akhilesh Yadav-led state government is making sure that the prime minister’s speech reaches students through television, webcasting, loudspeakers and even via laptops which were distributed among UP students by the chief minister in a flagship scheme.

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