American novelist and educator Henry Brooks Adams once said, “A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.”
Right from our childhood to adulthood, be it in school or during higher studies, we come across many teachers, but there are only a precious few out of those who leave us inspired.
We spoke to a group of students from Punjab Agricultural University about their favourite teachers and why they can never forget the contribution they made in their lives.
“As I entered Class 9, my new class teacher Rani Poddar who taught us history took note of my indiscipline along with poor academic performance. Many a times, I failed various class tests which never really bothered me. But as soon as she involved my parents and started counselling me, my mindset changed within a short span of time. I scored 90% in Class 10 and was declared the vice head boy of the school. The change in me was all because of her and I still keep in touch with her,” shares Karanvir Singh Sandhu, who currently holds a position in the students association in the University.
For Harkirat Singh Dadhyal, it was his mathematics teacher who left a lasting impact on his mind. “In Class 11, I was amongst terrible company. They even pressurised me to take drugs, but my teacher Shradha Jain helped me deal with this group in her own way. She helped me realise my dreams of entering the National Defence Academy. I made it there but had to leave due to medical reasons. I was very low after that happened, but my teacher helped me keep a positive outlook,” expresses Dadhyal, who feels it is rare to find teachers who would make efforts to show you the right path.
Kritika Gupta shares she knew nothing apart from academics till Class 7 but her biology teacher Kala Sasitharan helped her become an all-rounder. “I was a mere bookworm but Kala Ma’am motivated me to take part in debates and cultural activities. She infused confidence in me and helped me gain a lot of exposure. In Class 9, I became the vice head girl and now in university, I take part in almost every activity. She turned me into an extrovert and even my parents salute her for that,” says Gupta.
Rajbir Singh Sran is all praises for his school principal, Gurcharan Singh, whose every word touched students. “He was so positive, cheerful and unlike any other school principal. He remained connected with every student and even took special classes just to talk to us about life in general. I can never forget the inspiring words he said to us. That is why we often underline his greatness and his dedication towards his work and education at alumni meets,” says Sran. All of them agreed that after parents, it was teachers who showed us the right path in life. Maybe that is why we cherish values imbibed from them forever.