In his first public programme after assuming charge as the HRD minister, Javadekar felicitated educationists during a function held at Ferguson College here.

"There are issues and there are challenges, however we have to work as a team to address the issues in education field to improve the quality of education system and in this process, teachers have to play a crucial role in the transformation of education system," Javadekar said.

Teachers should encourage the students to dream big and give them life skills, technical skills and high values, he said.

"I know there are issues with teachers' training, there are issues with quality of education, but teachers are the ones who can give the right solution, so I appeal all the teachers to work positively."

"Teachers will be appreciated for their good work and we will use accountability for teachers in the education system as teachers should be answerable and accountable," he added.

He felicitated former director general of CSIR Dr Raghunath Mashelkar, noted writer and retired professor of Marathi D M Mirasdar, P L Gavade, Sharad Wagh, B P Vani, Vasant Puntambekar and others on the occasion.

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