In this standstill situation amid the coronavirus outbreak, Subrata Pati, a history teacher, climbs a neem tree every day for internet connectivity to teach his students. The adverse situation amid the COVID-19 lockdown has brought the best out of Pati, who returned to his village from Kolkata in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Pati, who is from Ahanda village in Bankura district, West Bengal, teaches at two institutes in Kolkata, Adamas University, and RICE Education. The 35-year-old history teacher was battling with the fluctuating phone network when he got the idea to perch himself atop a neem tree next to his house. Now, every morning, he climbs the tree and stations himself on a platform made of bamboo, gunny sacks and hay. Pati set up the platform with the help of his friends.
"I have temporarily shifted from my Kolkata residence to Ahanda, which is a part of the state's Jangalmahal area, to be with my family in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. That done, I couldn't have shrugged off my responsibility as a teacher. The Internet network here is mostly patchy, so I had to look for a solution," Pati was quoted by The Times of India.
He carries food and water with him on days he has to take classes for two to three hours uninterrupted.
"Sometimes the heat and the urge to pee bother me, but I am trying to adjust. Sometimes storms and thunderstorms damage the platform, but I try and fix it the next day. Under no circumstance I want my students to be inconvenienced," added Pati.
The students did not disappoint him, as turnout is high for his classes. Buddhadeb Maity, his student at the RICE Education told the media, "What he does for students is exemplary. I never miss his classes, nor do my friends. He takes time out to answer our queries too. Attendance for his classes is usually 90 per cent."
"He has been very sincere of his work from the start. He is a shining example of how to surmount obstacles with hard work and willpower," Samit Roy, the chancellor of Adamas University said.