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     This lesson is based on a speech made by Subroto Bagchi, founder and CEO of Mindtree, as part of the convocation address at the International Academy for Creative Teaching, Bangalore, on January \(6\), \(2005\).

     He is addressing the teachers graduating from the Academy and he requests the teachers to go beyond the syllabus and teach students the values and skills they need to live a useful and meaningful life.
Listen to your teacher delivering the speech.
     It is a great occasion for the \(2005\) batch of graduating teachers. It is also a great day for the faculty and administration to have given the world another set of people whose impact is going to be proportionately large.

     I am honoured to be here with all of you to share your joy, your hopes. As teachers, on behalf of all the lives you will touch, I have a few things to ask of you. It is going to be a long and somewhat unusual list – so I seek your indulgence. Here goes my list:
Subroto Bagchi is the founder and CEO of Mindtree. Once he was the chief guest for the International Academy for Creative Teaching, Bangalore, on January \(6\), \(2005\) where he gave an inspirational speech on the convocation day for the graduating teachers.

Note: He said "I" and "me" everywhere, but it was meant for all the human beings and the students who are going to be taught as they are our future generations. In the same way "he" and "him" in the explanation is about society and the social beings living in it along with the students.
He appeals the teachers who are graduating that year to teach the students beyond their syllabus such as the values of life and the skills to live and develop themselves which helps them to understand that their life should be useful and meaningful.
Speech by Subroto Bagchi:

He said it is a great day for teachers who are graduating in \(2005\) and the administration and faculties who are giving another set of good teachers to the world. Since they are teachers, they are going to inspire and teach the coming generations.
He said he was honoured to be there on the graduating day occasion of the teachers as he is sharing their happiness and dreams. He wanted to ask the graduating teachers a few things on behalf of students who are going to be taught by them. He said that he is not going to ask the usual questions but something different.
Meanings of difficult words:
Convocation A large formal assembly of people in a University or college.
Proportionately In a way that corresponds in amount to something else.
Honoured Regarded with respect.
State Council of Educational Research and Training (2019). Term-1 English Standard-7. A Prayer To The Teacher by Subroto Bagchi(Speaker) (pp. 54-59). Published by the Tamil Nadu Textbook and Educational Services Corporation.
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