Contributing Writer — Vivek Daddala
Name – Dr. Rupa Vemuri
Profession – Professor in English
Age – 51
Gender – Female
City – Visakhapatnam
Industry – Education
- Teaching offers instant results and great satisfaction of performing the noble task of shaping the careers especially the character and personality of young minds.
- For many youngsters it may not be a very charming job. It does not allow you to freak out.
- This profession demands continuous update of knowledge, and one has to be an eternal learner.
- The nobility of the profession offers great respect and a teacher will have life time admirers across the globe.
Tell us about your family background.
Born at Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh in a middle-class family. I have four siblings, three younger sisters and one younger brother. All of us are highly qualified. Father was a central government employee and mother, a housewife. My mother encouraged to excel not only in academics but also in sports. My younger sister and I went to the National level in athletics.
What are your academic credentials?
I did my Schooling and undergrad from Montessori group of Institutions, Vijayawada. Thereafter I moved to Visakhapatnam from where I did my bachelor’s degree in library sciences, from Andhra University and received gold medal. I did my post grad and B.Ed. from Choudhary Charan Singh University, Meerut with distinction while serving for the central government in New Delhi. A decade spent at New Delhi was quite rewarding, I have friends from almost all states of India. Pursued research programs and got awarded M. Phil in 2008 and Ph. D in 2015 from Andhra University. I write research papers, give radio talks and solve crossword puzzles to keep my grey cells active.
Please give us a summary of your career.
Started working as a teacher in a private school at Vijayawada immediately after my graduation. Got selected to the Directorate of Education, National Capital region, New Delhi, as Librarian and worked for 10 years from 1991 to 2001.After putting up ten years of government service, I chose to listen to my inner voice. I understood that I could lead a more purposeful life if I choose teaching. Resigned the most secured employment and took up to teach to B. Tech students in 2001. Today I am a Professor and HOD, Department of English & Humanities, ANITS, Visakhapatnam.
Who all had the most influence on you and how?
My mother is obviously my role model. Though only high school pass out, she is equipped with inherent common sense which is evident in the timely advices we get from her. She believes in doing things completely and perfectly. Her sincerity is quite commendable, and we sometimes wonder how to match her.
My High school teacher Ms. Satyavathi and my research guide Dr. C.L.L. Jayaprada are the two professionals from whom I learned the seriousness of the teaching profession. My Experiments With Truth is my all-time favourite book. I am highly influenced with the concept of clinging to truth even at the highest cost if you have to pay.
Which institutes are best for the education/training of this profession?
I am a professor in English. For post grad programs in English literature and language, the best places are EFLU (English and Foreign Language University, Hyderabad) and all central universities.
What are the costs associated with the education/training of this profession?
Normally the state and central universities charge nominal fees for MA English programs. The research scholars can pursue their work on stipend as JRF (Junior Research Fellow) or SRF (Senior Research Fellow), if they clear the NET (National Eligibly Test) exam, SLET (State Lecturer Eligibility Test)
What are the typical entry level jobs in this profession?
With Ph. D or National Eligibility Test qualification, one can start as Asst. Professor in all the professional colleges and as lecturers in Degree colleges. One can also apply to any university for the Asst. professor post. A word of caution: for the above positions, all the qualifying degrees like the undergrad, postgrad and research programs should have been done through full-time regular program and not correspondence or part-time.
What is the range of remuneration one can expect when starting out in your line of career & industry?
The take home may differ depending on the organization. Most of the private colleges do not pay the full scale as per the UGC scales. All the other standard institutions like universities and aided colleges follow the UGC scales.
Describe your work? What do you typically do on a normal work day?
I handle English Language classes, conduct sessions in Language lab and Soft Skills lab. I attend meetings as I am serving on several committees at college and university level. Career guidance is part of my regular work.
What has motivated you to prefer this profession to leave a gazetted rank central government job?
The nobility of the profession!!! Whatever might be a person’s profession, he must have been trained by a teacher. The success of this job is tasted every semester. You will have contacts across the globe in the shape of your students. The opportunity to interact continuously with young minds would keep you young at heart. One will have the ultimate satisfaction of training the ‘building blocks’ of a country’s growth. I found that it is still the best profession to keep corruption away.
What are some of the challenges that you would want someone to be aware of when considering this career/job?
Teaching should not be a stopgap activity. One should choose this profession and it should not be by chance. Many people feel that it is not a very charming profession. So even out of the campus, you cannot be differently dressed. You are a teacher 24×7. The real challenge is to take a stand when to deal with pressure from parents and sometime from higher officials to dilute the evaluation system or to break the rules.
What are the relevant trends/skills/technologies that are currently commanding premium in your job profile?
Tech suave, well informed, new trends in the use of English language, modern teaching methodologies. Smart class room teaching, awareness of new terminology is a must. One should have great thirst for knowledge and should work diligently to acquire Doctoral degree. Research publications and editorial memberships and if possible, translation work would get you good recognition.
What kind of person would be happy in your career?
(Thinks for a while), Umm…One who is an altruist and who needs less money to lead a happy life. One who would like to share one’s knowledge with others and has ability to write research articles is best suited. According to me one should be a voracious reader. If a doctor is careless, a patient is dead. If a lawyer becomes careless, an innocent is punished. If a teacher forgets his duty, a whole generation of careless and useless professionals are produced. So, a person who understands the gravity and seriousness of this profession will enjoy being a beacon.
Given another choice, what would you do differently as far as your professional selections are concerned? Would you pursue another profession or a passion perhaps?
(She winks and gives a broad smile) Yes, Perhaps I would have become a police officer. Now also I am a teacher police in my campus.
What would be your advice to students or professionals who are just starting their journey on a path similar to yours?
Improve your communication skills and complete your research program as soon as possible. Always focus on the relevant and latest research topics in ELT (English Language Teaching). These days proper and well-trained English Language Teachers have become an endangered species, since 99% youngster prefer technical courses. So, in near future English Language teachers would be in great demand.