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Teachers need to don new roles to serve students and their profession
With a paradigm shift towards a knowledge society and explosion of information teachers' roles have changed and they need to be prepared to don the new roles to serve the students, their profession and society well.

Teachers have pivotal role for education and reforms to succeed. Of late, it has been seen that there is a big gap between what teachers ought to be doing and what they really are doing. It is a serious matter causing a lot of concern.

It is the teachers' professional competence, behaviour and sensitivity towards learners that determine to a very large extent how one reacts to a subject or a course of study. It has been seen that through the subject mastery, teaching style and behaviour, the teacher personifies the subject he or she transacts. 

Every student always sees a subject or course of study as an extension of the teacher who transacts it in the classroom. It has been seen that the student's reaction to and acceptance of the subject is almost acceptance of the teacher as a professional and person. Therefore, the teacher's sensitivities, attitude, disposition, professional skills and content mastery of the subject play an integral role in determining whether the student will learn a subject or hate a subject and the teacher that teaches it.

In India, teachers need to be professionalized and there should be an open debate and meaningful discussions on the emergent roles and responsibilities of the teachers as a part of the new education policy. Moreover, teachers' professional qualifications should also include the study of pedagogy.

Indian teachers need to be motivated to collectivize like other professionals and put themselves into a process of continuing professional development and acquire the role of guides, learner-teachers, reflective teachers, facilitators and managers of learning resources.

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