Paralysed For Seven Years, Principal Runs Her School With The Help Of Technology
It is very heart-broken feeling for any teacher to leave their school after their retirement or for any reasons. The same attitude and her passion prompted Meerut, resident Uma Sharma not to give up her job even after she became bedridden. Fighting against all the odds, she continues in her position as a school principal, that too in wholly paralysed physical condition.
For the past seven years, Uma Sharma, Principal of National Public School, has been wholly paralysed neck to bottom. But her will and passion make her unique. With the help of latest technology, Uma has been administering the school, even after she became paralysed. She can just move her head and hand, rest of her body parts are immobile.
“After I became fully paralysed, I decided not to give up on things, and continue engaging with what I love: administering the school on a daily basis. The first thing we did was installing dish antennas at both the school and my residence so that live audio and video feeds could be transmitted,” Uma told The Times Of India.
How The Technology Became Helpful?
After the setting up of dish antennas, CCTV cameras were installed at the School, including classrooms, staff room and playground. Uma monitors all the activities in the school, lying on her bed. The staff and students are always there to help her. She also makes use of her electronic tablet to communicate with students and faculty.
“On several occasions, I would call teachers and other staff members in groups to discuss academic and administrative issues. I also invite meritorious students for a chat and pull up the weaker ones,” Uma said.
Life has never been merciful to Uma. Her only son Rajeev(21), passed away in 2001. Earlier in 1991, she lost her husband. The death of her younger sister in 2010, was another blow to her. Even though there were ample circumstances for her to be depressed, she decided not to give up on things. It was in the very next year after her husband’s death, Uma found the school she has been running.
Uma stands as an inspiration for many others who blame the circumstances as a hindrance to growth and will ignite a fire in you.
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