Monthly Archives: February 2014

THE TEACHER, I ADMIRE

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            I travel down the memory lane, more than 60 years in my life and recollect my school days, when a young Science teacher, used to teach Science to us. He had welfare of the children uppermost in his mind. He used to take our monthly tests and I had the good fortune of getting the highest marks viz. 4 ¾ out of 5 marks in Science for several months. He was very much fascinated by my performance. One day he spoke to my respected father and told him “This boy deserves cent percent marks, but I cannot give full marks.”  He further advised that I should be allowed and encouraged to take Science subjects for a successful career. My father accepted his advice and gave me all possible help, encouragement and motivation. This Science teacher also told my drawing teacher for giving special attention to me in the drawing lessons. This further strengthened my respect for him and our relationship as a teacher-student, increased to the extent of fascination and admiration. On close scrutiny, I found him to be a self-less and dedicated teacher and an affable person with many other qualities, apart from his sense of being well-dressed. His motivation helped me in developing a vision for my life. All through my school days and later, I took him as my role-model and I continued to get inspiration from him, which helped me a lot in my progress, as well as in developing human values. It is very difficult to find such persons. He will always be remaining in my thoughts.      With this background I completed my school examination with distinction, topped in the College in B Sc., and then completed graduation in Engineering from B H U and then rose to a high rank in Government of India service (before my voluntary retirement).  While I am grateful to my parents for everything they did for me, I also have high regards for the then young Science teacher of mine, for taking personal interest and going out of the way, beyond the realm of his normal duties, for a young soul like me. I cannot forget his motivation, driving me to succeed and to excel, which enabled me to have a meritorious and satisfying career with several scholarships, achievements and awards. He thought I was his discovery, whereas I thought he was my discovery. I salute you, Sir, my Science teacher.

 

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