- Teachers are the fundamentals of building the literate class of any nation.
- A teacher builds the mindset of the youth of the country.
- It’s a profession that gives you respect and status in the society.
- The salary is satisfactory.
Where have you been born and raised?
I was born in a middle-class family in Moga. I have done my schooling from SD Senior Secondary School, Moga. Since 1972, I have been living in Patiala.
My father was a shopkeeper and my mother a homemaker. I have 5 sisters, who all are post-graduates and two brothers. One brother is a Doctor (now settled abroad) and other a Chief Engineer (now retired). My father was my constant support and inspiration. My physics teacher, Mr. Choudhary, the best orator I have met in my life, a person who worshipped his work as a devotee, was my constant inspiration and motivation.
Please give us a summary of your career, chronologically, including organisation names and your role/designation?
I have completed my graduation from RSD College, Ferozpur. I have done my B.Ed. from D M College, Moga. In 1976, I completed my MA English from Punjabi University Patiala, M Ed from HP University Himachal Pradesh, MA Hindi in 1986 from Punjabi University Patiala.
I have been a teacher from 1970 to 2003.Then I served as a Principal in Government Senior Secondary School, Pinjola, Distt. Patiala from 2003–2005. I completed my full tenure in government service and retired and then later joined as the Principal of Model Public School, Samana from 2007–2010.
It has been nearly 42 years down this journey.
Which institutes are best for the education/training of Teaching profession?
There are many colleges/institutions for training and education as Patiala is considered as an Education hub. In my opinion, Mahindra College is one the best in our area to pursue BA and Punjabi University is known for its meritorious results in MA and M Ed.
What are the costs associated with the education/training of Teaching Profession?
Above figures are indicative figures and may vary with location, institute etc.
What are the entry level jobs in Teaching Profession?
Any person with any graduate degree (Medical, Non-Medical, Arts, Commerce etc.) and has completed B.Ed. can join this profession.
What is the range of remuneration one can expect when starting out in your line of career & industry?
Above figures are indicative figures and may vary.
Describe your work? What do you typically do on a normal work day?
I had a work routine of 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. in summers and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in winters for usually 6 days a week. Being one of the leading faculties in school, I performed duties including the checking of papers, setting the examination papers to organising events in school to ensure overall development of children. I had some after school duties for an hour or two if there was some event planned. My weekends, during the examinations, were spent checking papers, as I was designated many times as the paper checking Supervisor for internal and external exams. I have also headed the office as an NCC Officer from 1972–1974.
How is the work culture in your arena?
The work culture in the Teaching Profession is cooperative, and substitutions are available at most of the times in case of emergencies. But there is a touch of politics at few places. At times, there is political interference in government affiliated schools and the management is involved in the functioning of non-affiliated government schools.
Given another choice, what would you do differently as far as your professional selections are concerned?
No, I have thoroughly enjoyed my life journey so far. I wouldn’t prefer any other field.
What are some of the positives, which would encourage someone to consider Career/Job in Teaching Profession?
The biggest positive is to see your students achieve great success in their respective professions. They are the nation builders.
Also, the respect earned for the knowledge that you have gathered over the years is noteworthy.
If you can progress to the level of University Lecturer, then money is also decent. Even otherwise, school teacher salary is satisfactory, especially when you consider the work-life balance, job security and respect aspects of this profession.
What are some challenges that you would want someone to be aware of when considering career/job in Teaching Profession?
The newcomers should take teaching as a challenge for the improvement of Nation’s destiny and be open to continuous learning throughout their lives.
What kind of person would be happy in the Teaching Profession?
A person who is satisfied in contributing to the society and believes in sharing his lamp of knowledge with others would be happy in this career. For him, money should not be the driving force.
What would be your advice to students or professionals who are just starting their journey on a path like yours?
I would like to advise young teachers to inculcate high morals and ethics and be careful with the way they communicate with the students.