“Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero to me.”—Fred Rogers
5 most inspiring Indian Teachers are here. These truly Inspiring Teachers in India who did not see the obstacles but only followed their desire to teach and make a difference. So whether you are a student or a teacher or somebody with a dream you must read this.
1. Anand Kumar (born 1 January 1973) is an Indian mathematician, educationalist and a columnist for various national and international mathematical journals and magazines. He is best known for his Super 30 programme, which he started in Patna, Bihar in 2002, and which coaches economically backward students for IIT-JEE, the entrance examination for the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). By 2018, 422 out of the 480 had made it to the IITs and Discovery Channel showcased his work in a documentary. He has been invited by the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University to speak on his globally acclaimed effort to mentor students from the underprivileged sections for admission to IIT.
Anand Kumar was born in Patna, Bihar, India. His father was a clerk in the postal department of India. His father could not afford private schooling for his children, and Anand attended a Hindi medium government school, where he developed his deep interest in mathematics. In childhood, he studied in Patna High School Patna, Bihar. During graduation, Kumar submitted papers on number theory, which were published in Mathematical Spectrum and The Mathematical Gazette.
Kumar secured admission to Cambridge University, but could not attend because of his father’s death and his financial condition, even after looking for sponsor in 1994-1995, both in Patna and Delhi.
Kumar would work on mathematics during day time and would sell papads in evenings with his mother, who had started a small business from home, to support her family. He also tutored students in maths to earn extra money. Since Patna University library did not have foreign journals, for his own study, he would travel every weekend on a six-hour train journey to Varanasi, where his younger brother, learning violin under N. Rajam, had a hostel room. There he would work.
2. Aditya Kumar: Cycle Guruji
His means are frugal and all he had was a bicycle and a rented room in city but this never stopped him from doing what he wanted to do. Since 1995, this man named Adiyta Kumar is giving imparting education to poor children living in the slum areas of Lucknow since 1995. It is because of him, around 6000 underprivileged kids of Lucknow are now studying in different schools. He takes a lot of pride in saying that some of his students are now highly placed in Private and Government departments.
A message from Aditya to all the teachers out there who aspire to change the world, “Illiteracy is the Father of evil in the society; This is why India is still a developing country. An educational revolution must make our country an enriched one and I will always work towards achieving it!” The future of the nation lies in the hands of every teacher.
3. Babar Ali
Starting a school while in school himself, Babar Ali teaches more than 800 children today.
Coined the ‘youngest headmaster in the world’ by BBC at the age of 16 for running a school in Murshidabad, W.B, the young man started teaching while he himself was still in school. Starting with a few children, the school has grown to 800 children and a total of 10 teachers which continues to remain outdoor. Babar, 24 today, has been bestowed with many honours for his good work.
Currently , the school continues to be run as an outdoor school and counts a total of ten teachers including Babar Ali himself, all of them students at school or college who volunteer to teach at the school. There are 800 children learning at the school, starting from four or five years of age. That the school is tuition-free makes it affordable for the poor in this economically deprived area, so that the school has been recognised to have helped increase literacy rates in the area. In Murshidabad there had been no governmental or private schools. Pupils come from nearby villages and walk up to four kilometres in order to attend their lessons.
Babar Ali succeeded in having his school recognized by the local authorities when he realised that this would entitle its pupils to the portion of free rice given to pupils at the end of the month by the government. Babar gets his inspiration from Swami Vivekananda.
4.Prof Sandeep Desai
Sandeep Desai, a former marine engineer and academician, is a resident of Goregaon and the famous Mumbai man who begged on local trains to start rural English medium schools across villages in Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Bihar.
In a matter of 5 years, he raised over one crore for the construction of 2 schools in villages of Yavatmal and Udaipur districts. From Sept 2010, when he started collecting funds, they were able to set up 4 schools.
5. Rajesh Kumar Sharma
Although Rajesh Kumar Sharma is a shopkeeper, he is popularly known as ‘masterji’ in his neighbourhood. For the past six years, Delhi-based Sharma has been teaching hundreds of slum children under a metro bridge near the Yamuna Bank metro depot.
The “Free School: Under the Bridge” –as christened by its creator Rajesh Kumar Sharma — teaches hundreds of poor children who live in shacks and hutments dotting the banks of the Yamuna.
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