New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said teachers play a big role in students' life and added that being a teacher is not like any other career.
"Being a teacher is not like any other career. It is something different. I bow to all the teachers. It is the teachers who make the generations," he said a day ahead of the Teachers' Day.
He said "a teacher can never retire" and added they have a great responsibility towards shaping the future of children.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures as he addresses an interaction with schoolchildren at Manekshaw Hall in New Delhi on September 4, 2015, on the eve of 'Teacher's Day'. Photo: AFP
Modi said: "...you have seen (late former president A.P.J. Abdul) Kalam. He always wanted to be remembered as a teacher," he said.
"We pay tributes to (late president) Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan and mark his birthday as Teachers' Day," Modi said at a programme held here at Manekshaw centre.
The prime minister said: "Leadership quality is essential. You must also be clear why you want to be a leader: to fight elections only or to make a difference."