Bidding Adieu: An Ode To The Principal

    • NIE Dehradun
    • Publish Date: Apr 14 2019 5:55PM
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    • Updated Date: Apr 14 2019 6:04PM
Bidding Adieu: An Ode To The Principal

Bindu Sharma, principal, Army Public School, Birpur is bidding her final adieu to the school after a lengthy period of taking the school to new heights. Ajay Swarup, a visiting faculty for Political Science at the school takes the opportunity to thank — the motivator, inspirer, administrator and a well-wisher for all — on behalf of all students, colleague, school staff and wish her the very best in her journey ahead.

On the principal and discipline in school

I have an institute where I teach Political Science, Economics and various other subjects. One fine morning an un-assuming lady along with her daughter came to my institute for tuitions in Economics. As there was one vacancy, she got the admission. There is no column in the registration form for the mother’s profession. Whilst exchanging pleasantries with her mother, neither she nor I spoke about her profession. After a few months, I got a desperate call from the mother of the same student. She said, "I am Bindu Sharma, asking for some help for teaching Political Science at the school to XI and XII class". That is the day I came to know that she was the principal of the school. It was surprising and I asked her as to why she did not disclose the fact about her designation when she had come to my institute for her daughter’s admission. A prompt reply came from her that at that point she had come as a mother; and not as a principal. This indeed touched my heart and I had all the praises for her.

After a few days, I joined the school as a visiting faculty. On the first day when I came to the school, I was in awe of the natural beauty and the serene atmosphere of the place. In fact, I thought as to why she had called me on a holiday as there was pin-drop silence in the school. Then someone informed me that it was not a holiday and that the students were all attending classes. The disciplined atmosphere of the school reminded of Shantiniketan of Rabindranath Tagore and ancient Gurukuls.

Dressed in a new avatar

I started my new avatar with a very positive note because of the trust and the free hand given to me by the principal. As interactions increased I became an admirer of hers. Her helping and the cooperation given by the school made my job a lot easier. She was a motivator, inspirer to both the teaching and admin staff; and frequently took rounds of the school to see that the teaching was effective for the students. 

Where credit is due

Once it so happened that an inspection team came to the school. She brought the inspection team to my class. I had no prior information about this. However, I continued to teach in my usual manner. After the inspection was over she informed me that the inspection team was very happy with my teaching methodology, to the extent that they wanted me to conduct workshops on teaching methodologies in other schools as well. This clearly shows her attitude towards her colleagues of giving them due credit rather than taking the credit herself.

Playing many roles

To the students, she acted as both a mother and a father. As a mother, she gave solace and comfort and as a father, she was a strict disciplinarian. The school reached greater heights during her tenure not only region and state wise but also at the national level, as the school received various awards in academics as well as sports.

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