[dropcap]N[/dropcap]o matter how difficult and complex the education system of our country is, our teachers work tirelessly to make our experience in schools and colleges a bit more conducive. They prepare the young minds to face the harsh realities of this world and construct the intellect of an individual.
Sometimes, they have to work in adverse conditions to let students from the downtrodden sections of the society receive quality education like others.
This teachers’ day, we bring you 10 such unconventional modern-day ‘Gurus’, who work selflessly, just to educate children from different sections of the society and raise them from their present state of poverty and regression. Because education is the biggest weapon to annihilate these social drawbacks, isn’t it!
Anand Kumar: The man behind Super-30
Well known for his Super 30 programme, Anand Kumar of Patna has been coaching students for IIT-JEE entrance exams since the last 14 years. By 2014, 308 of his 360 students had made it to the IITs. Anand has been a living example of the fact that with hard-work and commitment, anyone and everyone can make it to the most prestigious engineering colleges in the country.
Rajesh Kumar Sharma
The creator of ‘Under the Bridge school’ in Delhi, Rajesh Kumar Sharma says that knowledge knows no barriers and it increases when it is shared. He runs a school under the Delhi Metro Bridge– where 200 children of the nearby slums study every day. First such school was created in the year 2005. He welcomes volunteer teachers– who sometimes turn out to be eminent personalities from different walks of life.
Professor Sandeep Desai: He begs for a cause
Professor Desai boards local trains in Mumbai every single day asking people to donate money for his charitable organisation, Shloka — which develops and runs schools in rural Rajasthan and Maharashtra. In every train that he boards, Prof. Desai is heard saying “Good Afternoon to everybody, donating for education is the ultimate form of charity.”
Kamlesh Zapadiya: The man who turned syllabus into a quiz
Kamlesh Zapadiya has developed a website known as Edusafar, where he uploads the syllabus of classes 1 to 10 in the form of a quiz, so that it may be easy and interactive for the students to learn. He uploads his content from the only cybercafe, which is 20 kilometres from his village. His only motive behind his website, as he says, is to make learning fun for children.
Romal Saini: The UPSC Guru
First a medical doctor from AIIMS, Delhi and then one of the youngest IAS officers in the country– serving as an Assistant Collector in Madhya Pradesh– Romal Saini had every achievement in his life people could only wish for. Yet he resigned from his service to teach and guide the young UPSC aspirants regarding the complexities of the prestigious exam. He runs an app, Unacademy, that he developed for UPSC preparations. Saini also interacts with his students through his youtube videos, thereby making UPSC guidance reachable and affordable for many.
Arvind Gupta: Toys and knowledge from trash
Every 90s kid remembers Arvind as the science uncle from Doordarshan. He is a graduate from IIT Kanpur and is famous for explaining many different concepts of science with the help of self-invented toys. For his outstanding contribution in the field of education, he received the Padma Shri– the third highest civilian honour– in 2018.
Aditya Kumar: The moving school
Aditya Kumar, better known as ‘Cycle guruji’, rides about 60 to 65 km on a bicycle every day, and provides free education to children living in the slums of Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. This inspiring man has been doing the same since 1995. In his own words, ”Where ever I got students, I would sit and teach — by the roadside, in parks, near slums. I had a board on the cycle, and students would just read it and stop me. I was one of them, I understood what it meant to be poor and without support.”
Babar Ali: When passion is everything
The youngest one in this list– Babar Ali– started teaching when he was 9. At 15, he became the headmaster of his makeshift school which teaches about 300 students today and has 6 full-time teachers. He has received widespread global recognition for his work in the field of education. He attended the World Literacy Summit this year, at just 21 years of age!
Vimla Kaur: The teacher ‘dadi’
She is an 80-year-old teacher, who has been teaching children of a village called Madanpur Khadar in Delhi, for the past 20 years. Because of the lack of teachers in the village, she brought the students to the nearby area of Sarita Vihar. Owing to lack of infrastructure, she used to move from one park to another to conduct classes for the villagers in the city. She finally has a building where she teaches students up till class two now. At 80, the dedication and indefinite love for students has been her driving force.
Roshni Mukherjee: Removing the fear of exams
Roshni Mukherjee always wanted to teach. Her initial plan was to pursue a PhD and become a teacher, but that changed after her father’s death. She joined an MNC soon after. However, when her maid rued over her children not getting an education since the teachers do not turn up at the government schools, Roshni came up with an idea – of making short educational videos and releasing those on YouTube.
In 2011, she came up with Examfear.com. Today, she has over 74,000 subscribers. She has uploaded more than 3,800 educational videos on Physics, Chemistry and Biology for classes 9 to 12.