After having served 34 years with the Indian Police Forces, Mukesh Sahay, a recently retired Director General Of Police (DGP) of Assam took to teaching to fulfil his passion of imparting knowledge to others.
From a former IPS officer to a government school mathematics teacher, Mukesh Sahay’s story is bound to inspire many.
An inspiring story
Sahay’s new role as a teacher is a great shift from the post-retirement activities that most indulge in. After serving his last day on April 30, 2018, as the DGP of Assam, he promptly joined Sonaram Higher Secondary School in Guwahati as a mathematics teacher. For the last three weeks, he has been spending his days teaching science and mathematics to higher secondary school students.
Talking to The Logical Indian he said, “After retirement, I wanted to do something for my happiness while contributing to the society at the same time.” He added that he remains highly indebted to the society and wishes to pay back to it.
However, this wasn’t on his mind until last year. All this changed when the school invited him to be the chief guest in one of its functions. It was only then that he found out that the school did not have a mathematics teacher.
Time constraints and commitment to his primary responsibilities had kept him from extending his teaching services to high school students. “When I talked to him again after retirement, I found that there’s still no teachers and that is when I decided to join,” said Sahay.
Sahay, while drawing parallels with his previous profession said that his experiences as a police trainer have helped in rekindling his love for teaching.
Understanding the Teacher-student nexus in India
Shortage of school teachers in Indian Government school is becoming an increasingly great challenge. According to the Right To Education Act (RTE), the teacher-student ratio at primary level should be 1:30 while at the upper primary level, it should be 1:35.
However, the reality is very different and schools in Assam are no exception. Times of India reported that nearly 70% of the schools in Assam do not have an optimum teacher-student ratio as prescribed by RTE.
Sahay, who likes to lead life one day at a time feels that he will keep teaching as long as his students are enjoying. “So far the response seems to look okay, so let’s how it goes,” he added.
For him, the job as in the Police forces itself is a kind of social service and teaching is no different. Additionally, he also feels that teaching is more about learning from the students.
The Logical Indian Take
His desire to remain socially relevant even after a 34-year-old career in the Police forces and a will to contribute to the society made him take up the job of a teacher. India needs more people like Mr Sahay. The Logical Indian commends his dedication to serving the society.