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Old 17th July 2007, 20:05   #1
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Smile Teachers who made a difference

When we look back and think, most of us can recall a teacher or two who made a major difference during our academic life. Makes you think where they are now. I thought let's take some time to think of them and thank them.

For me it was a lecturer in my engineering college (BIT), Bangalore. I wouldn't say he was a great teacher, but he made a major difference to me by encouraging analytical thinking. In an environment that enforced notes cramming, stifled creativity and expected total conformance to dull & archaic syllabus, he forced us all to think, and gave me a long rope whenever I took uncharted path. While this didn't help me in university exams, it later worked wonders in my career.

His name is Satya Prasad Lanka, the google search places him somewhere in Andhra Pradesh now. I have noticed that he regularly publishes in International Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics. I haven't been able to track him any further than that. Thank you Mr.Lanka wherever you are...
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Old 17th July 2007, 21:44   #2
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ST Ramaswamy, a.k.a STR Sir. Our Sri Aurobindo Memorial School's high school mathematics teacher - and the only male teacher (apart from PE). A wizened old gentleman at that day. Extremely sharp, encouragement personified and egged us to get 100/100 in all internal and CBSE exams . I developed a love for mathematics primarily due to him.

He passed away recently, after spending a lonely life when his wife of 48 years passed away 3 years back. RIP, STR Sir.

His famous words to refer to us kids then: "Double distilled duffers "
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Old 17th July 2007, 22:45   #3
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Arrow College days will never come again.

I would say getting nostalgic sometimes really helps, it calms your warm nerves and put you back in business.
Well thinking of a teacher "Who made a difference" is not meant for me I guess, I never had good repo./relationship(s) in school/college with teachers
I was like "Rohan if you sit beside Mayank your career will get ruined".

Anyways no bad memories for teachers, I enjoyed my days to each extremities and love those memorable days.

Cheers
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Ahhh. I have a list.

Prof. TV Iyer - taught me the beauty in engineering drawing
Prof. Sally George - taught me that humility is a great virtue
Prof. Ravi C - A teacher can be strict and still a friend (Strategy always seemed best with him)
Prof. Seb Morris - Economics can be fun, and you don't need to raise your voice to be respected
Brij Kothari - You need not look different to be different, its what you do that counts
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Ms Uma Maheshwari: My 11,12th maths teacher. I hated maths till then, but the way she taught I started loving it. She was like a mother to all of us.

Bhagirathi Madam: 10th science teacher. I became somewhat disciplined thanks to her.

Sabri Abou Ward: My 1st year university calc prof. Funny guy, used to tell a joke almost daily.

Adrian Nachman: 2nd year calc proffessor, funny guy awesome teacher. Drilled home the idea that doing questions was not important, understanding the concept was.
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Here is the list:

1) Mrs Fernandez from Auxilium Convent, Kolkata, who made sure that I empty my tiffin box during lunch...this happened for good 2 years...i used to be unwell most of the time...
2) Mr. Ramachander Rao from KV Uppal, Hyderabad, I learnt a bit of perfection from him...
3) Ramaiah Sir, from Ramaiah Institute, hyd, who insisted the killer instinct to excel in adverse conditions...
4) Madhusudhan Sir from Ramaiah Institute, hyd, I learnt discipline from him and he was the one who made chemistry so easy that I could crack the IITJEE Chem paper with ease.
5) Dr. M.R.Madhav from IIT Kanpur, I learnt humility from him after being one of the world renounwed prof. (he is the one who touched/worked on IBM1620, the first computer which came to india in the 60s) - I have never seen such a humble person after reaching that stature..

finally last but not the least my dad for scolding me at every point of time till date...

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. I developed a love for mathematics primarily due to him.
You went to School ????

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Teacher's -- Iqbal Ahmed(Hindi), Asha Balaji(Physics), James aka.KK( Chemistry).

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Teacher's -- Iqbal Ahmed(Hindi),
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One of the most abusive crude teachers I have ever met.
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You went to School ????
Yes- and I also graduated when you were the oldest kid in any class.
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All school teachers made a difference. All college professors did nothing for me.
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2) Mr. Ramachander Rao from KV Uppal, Hyderabad, I learnt a bit of perfection from him...
Slight short gentleman who taught Biology?
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Mr. Aldridge, in St. Josephs, Coonoor.

He taught me English in 9th and 10th. But more than that, he was one who greatly influenced the positive attitude I have towards life.

Thank you, sir.



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All school teachers made a difference. All college professors did nothing for me.
Agree with you on this - a good college professor was the exception, rather than the rule!
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Slight short gentleman who taught Biology?
No, he was not short and he had nothing to do with Biology, He was TGT Mathematics...and taught only that...

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A few that I recollect:

1) Mr KR Rao- Biology; FAPS,B'lore. A simple person,more of a friend than a teacher.

2) Mrs Geeta Vishwanathan,Mr Denny John, Mr Cherian Alexander- St.Joseph's college of Arts & Science,B'lore. Wonderful people who made a big difference to the way I look at life.

And to the best teachers ever- my parents !!
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Anybody from Pune would surely have heard of Prof Hoshang Moogat. A legend in his own right, he's been teaching maths in the most amusing fashion for donkeys years. Infact my batch had 3 second generation students, plus I recently was tutored by one of his students, who's a grandmother! One of the finest gentlemen I have ever come across to date, this is one person where you can truly say, "there IS method to his madness!"

Anybody else here know him?
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