New Delhi: On the eve of Teachers Day, Union Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal said the students need a fearless environment in order to boost their self-confidence. But the tense classroom atmosphere prevents them from raising questions as teachers expect only answers rather than their queries.

Sibal was speaking on the occasion of CBSE Teacher Awards 2010 ceremony at India International Centre. Praising the teachers for their achievement, he suggested them to encourage students for associating them with nature. He said, “Now the kids are found sitting with an i-pad. They are less connected to a flowing river, beauty of the mountains, changing seasons, never ending deserts and are more interested in electronic gadgets.”

He explained, “India has a variable environment. The students must be made aware of how our civilizations developed with the help of nature.”

Sharing his childhood experience, he said, “When I was kid, I took more interest in sports than study. I had no interest in mathematics. Today also, many of the students are like that.”

Present at the event were CBSE Chairman Vineet Joshi, senior officers, teachers and students.

Those awarded by the HRD Minister were Anita Wadehra, Principal of Darbari Lal DAV Model School in Pitampura; Urmila Sharma, Principal of Arwachin Bharti Bhawan Senior Secondary School in Vivek Vihar; Sukhchandan Samra, Principal of Apeejay School in Faridabad; Richa Sood, Principal of DPS Dehradun and Ombir Singh, teacher at DAV Public School. They were presented with a citation, shawl and Rs 25,000.

The CBSE Teacher Award was also distributed among the teachers of various schools across India.