To do well as a Hindi teacher, you require high moral values and great command of your subject – Dr. T. N. Singh in conversation with Team MentorClub.in

Dr. T. N. Singh (Hindi Teacher)

Insights into Hindi Teacher as a profession

  1. There are only two jobs in India which command most respect – Doctor, and Teacher. If you can’t be a doctor and wish to work for humanity and want respect, teaching is the best job.
  2. You require J.B.T or Diploma in education after 12th to become a primary teacher. To become a secondary school teacher, you require Graduate degree and B.Ed. degree. To become a PGT teacher, you require Post Graduate degree and B. Ed. Degree.
  3. Salary is less as a school Hindi teacher; however, home tuitions provide a good income.
  4. One needs to stay up to date with the new advancements in knowledge in order to teach well.
  5. It also might take some time to gain the confidence to stand and teach in a class. Also, one might find difficulties in connecting with students but once you overcome all these issues, this job is really pleasant and respectful.
  6. Public speaking is something that is a very important skill to do this job well.
  7. I would like to mention that any person with high moral values, great command over his/her subject and a kind heart can do this job very well.

Profile Details

Name – Dr. T. N. Singh

Profession – Hindi Teacher

Age – 55

Gender – Male

City – NTPC Farakka, West Bengal

Industry – Education

Where have you been born and raised?

I was born in Sherbijuriya village that comes under Darbhanga district in the state of Bihar in 1970. I have four elder sisters and a younger brother, and we grew up in a small village. My childhood was very far away from all the worries of this hi-tech world. My father was a farmer and a freedom-fighter, and my mother was a homemaker.

I got the gift of the love for our Nation from my father.

What is your family background?

I come from a lower middle-class farmer’s family, where we had enough to eat and wear but not enough to spend on studies or any other such things. Even though my father was just a farmer, he insisted on studies as he knew the value of education very well. I had always been motivated to study more and get varied higher degrees not only with the hope of being able to earn more but also for gaining more knowledge and become wiser.

Who all had the most influence on you and how?

My Primary School teacher, Mr. Shriram Shankar Singh, was our Hindi teacher and I was really impressed by him. I was in awe of his grasp on his subject. He could make you visualize stories with his beautiful explanations.

I have always tried to gain the same hold on my subject.

Another person was Sir Singh Keshri, who was a great poet, collector, former principal of Samastipur College and chairman of Bihar Service Commission. I found him so interesting as a person that I took him as my Ph.D. research topic.

Though he was a student of English Literature, he wrote beautiful poems. I owe him all my achievements.

Please give a summary of your career.

I had started my career as a guest lecturer at MMTM college, Darbhanga and worked for three years there. Then, I worked as a Resident PG Teacher at Ramkrishna Mission Vidyapith, Deoghar.

I was fairly satisfied, but I was away from my family. In 1995, I moved to West Bengal and finally settled at NTPC High School, Farakka as Hindi teacher.

Which institutes are best for the education/training of a teacher?

I prefer my own institute as the best, which is the Hindi Mithila University. I don’t know the top college of current times, but I would say, Hindi literature is spread all over India. So, any well-reputed college would offer good faculty. As Hindi is our national language, it has got its own respect and popularity in the country.

How much does it cost to become a teacher?

Well, the costs were very less at that time when I was a student. It was only 8 INR per year during schooling and I spent no money in college, as I studied with a full scholarship.

Even now Hindi Literature education costs are very affordable.

What is the qualification required for a teacher?

In today’s times, J.B.T or Diploma in education is compulsory after 12th to become a primary teacher.

To become a secondary school teacher, you require Graduate degree and B.Ed. degree.

To become a PGT teacher, you require Post Graduate degree and B. Ed. Degree.

What is the range of salary one can expect when starting out as Hindi Teacher?

5 years of experience – 6000 INR per month

10 years of experience – 7000 INR per month

15 years of experience – 8000 INR per month

20 years of experience – 9000 INR per month

I earn income through home tuitions as well, which isn’t included in above.

Please describe your work.

I have always loved my work. Teaching is something I always wanted to do. So, for me, my work is equivalent to worship.

Teaching and spreading knowledge give me pleasure and satisfaction. I work for around 16 hours per day; teaching students at school followed by home tuitions. Though, I spend only 6 hours in school.

What are the benefits of becoming a teacher?

  • Teaching is the basis of the progress of humanity and this is the best way to serve humanity.
  • This job lets you build lives and help in making a better future for the country.
  • This job helps you to upgrade and maintain the society along with giving a lot of peace of mind to yourself.
  • For me, it is a reason to live for.
  • Also, it helps you earn a lot of respect. Students will always remember you.
  • There are many opportunities in this field in our country.

What are the challenges in the teaching profession?

One needs to stay up to date with the new advancements in knowledge in order to teach well.

It also might take some time to gain the confidence to stand and teach in a class. Also, one might find difficulties in connecting with students but once you overcome all these issues, this job is really pleasant and respectful.

What are the relevant trends/skills/technologies that are considered a premium for a teacher?

Well, public speaking is something that is a very important skill to do this job well. I would like to mention that any person with high moral values, great command over his/her subject and a kind heart can do this job very well.

What kind of person would be happy as a teacher?

As this job doesn’t demand too much, but it is most welcoming for those who want to work for humanity and are in love with prosperity and respect in the society.

Given another choice, what would you do differently as far as your professional selections are concerned?

I would have never chosen anything other than teaching. This was my ultimate dream job. Well, I would have tried to be a professor if I had gotten guidance at the right time.

What would be your advice to students or professionals who are just starting their journey to become a teacher?

This field of work is not one that would offer a lot of money but still, it is a highly prestigious and responsible job as that of a doctor. In India, only a teacher and doctor are addressed with the word ‘Sahab’. So, if you can’t be a doctor and wish to work for humanity and want respect, this is the best job.

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