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I am happy to be in teaching profession: Sr Susheela

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Dubai: The sixth episode of NewsKarnataka.com’s Namaste Teacher was telecast on Saturday October 9 at 8 pm.

The series that showcases teachers and the impact they have had on students through teacher-student interaction was broadcast live on YouTube at youtube.com/newskarnataka. The event was hosted by Spearhead Media Group Mentor and Advisor CA Valerian Dalmaida, and the co-host Rajesh Sequeira.

The special guests of the programme were the teacher Sr. Susheela B.S. MA, B.Ed (9th Rank in Karnataka State), retired in 2014 as a teacher of St. Mary’s High School, Arasikere, Hassan and since then teaching part-time at St. Joseph’s High School, KR Nagara, Mysuru, and her students Ashwini, from Mudigere, M.A,B.ED, Physical teacher at Government Primary School in Kampli, Bellary district, Pankaj Thakkar, Legal Empanelled Advocate with Bharti Infratel Limited, Reliance Jio Infocom Ltd, Reliance Jio Corp IT Park Ltd and practising at Indore High Court, Raghu K., from Kabbikere village, Chikkamagalore District, currently working in Firepro as a Service Engineer and a farmer, Hemegowda Madhu, CEO, V-Empire Overseas Consultancy Torino, Italy, Dr Sumanth Kumbargere Nagraj, Professor and Head, Faculty of Dentistry, Manipal University College Malaysia, Honorary Research fellow, University College London, UK, Moditha S, from Arsikere, Hassan District, BE in Electronics and Communications. Heena Kauser, a homemaker from Mysuru, Dr. Rithesh Joseph D’Cunha, from Mudigere, MBBS, MD in Anesthesiology, Presently, Consultant Anesthesiologist at Father Muller Medical College Hospital and also Administrative In-Charge of Father Muller Simulation and Skills centre.

In the beginning host CA Valerian Dalmaida introduced the teacher Sr. Susheela and co-host Rajesh introduced all the students.

Sr. Susheela shared her experience as a teacher , “I led life with many difficulties. I belonged to an orthodox  family, and my father used to force me to get married while I was not interested. My mother wanted me to become a nun. I joined TCH in 1970 at Mangaluru , and after that I became a nun. I was sent to Nursery school in Dandeli for two years.

When I was working in Bombay there were some factories around my school, and many children were working in those factories. It really haunted me and that’s the reason I started informal school in Bombay. Around 40 students took admission in my school and it was the greatest joy of my life. I am very happy to be in teaching profession,“ she said. She also remembered all her colleagues.

Dr. Rithesh Joseph said, ”i shifted from Kannada medium to English medium, and as I was scared of English I shifted back to Kamnada medium. However, Susheela madam taught grammar in a very effective manner. And also she used to encourage us to participate in the extra-curricular activities ,which helped us build our personality.”

Heena Kausar said, “I was a volleyball player, but my parents didn’t allow me to go out of Moodigere. Eventhough Susheela madam convinced my parents to let me participate in various sports events. As I belonged to a highly orthodox family, and we were 12 children for our parents, no one has studied beyond 8th standard but because of Susheela madam I studied high school as well as I became state-level volleyball player.”

Raghu said, “I was dull in Mathematics, but Susheela madam improved me in that subject. Later I started scoring minimum 80 marks in Mathematics.

Meanwhile Pankaj Thakkar said that, “I have been in touch with Susheela madam since 29 years. I never did my homework on time so I always got punishment from Susheela madam. I lost my mother very early but I found a mother figure in Susheela madam.”

Moditha sharing her experience with Susheela teacher said, “it’s my privilege to speak about Susheela madam. I am blessed to have a teacher like Susheela madam,” she said.

Dr. Sumanth said, ”she taught us how to respect mother, and because of Susheela madam today I am in teaching profession since 30 years.”

Lastly Ashwini expressed that, “we didn’t understand the value of teachers during our school days. Now we come to understand as we have become parents. Susheela madam’s pranounciation was fabulous.”

Both students and teacher recalled their school life and became excited. Students reminded their teacher the mischievous things they did during their school days.

While signing off, all the students wished their teacher again and extended best wishes to Newskarnataka for hosting programmes like Namaste Teacher.

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Raksha Deshpande

The author is a postgraduate in Mass Communication and Journalism from Karnataka University, Dharwad. Her interests range from literature, history, travel to politics, and is keenly interested to write human interest stories and articles relating to literature, travel.

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