“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” – William Arthur Ward
In modern-day society, there is no deed bigger than educating the youth which will construct the future of our country. One such man is Akash Tripathi, who has taken this responsibility on his shoulders. He provides free coaching to students with the belief of everyone should have equal opportunity in competitive exams irrespective of their caste, religion or wealth. Akash is a Customs Inspector and, unlike him, he wants all the children to have a proper education without any burden of fees.
Akash was born in a small village Aanhi in Mirzapur district of Uttar Pradesh. When he was in class 6, the family took one of the most challenging decisions of leaving the town and move to Kolkata, so that Akash need not jeopardize his future and could receive a better education.
A father’s support is the biggest thing a child can ever get. Proving this right, supported his children, Jaishankar Tripathi rented a comparatively smaller shop in Natun Bazar of Kolkata. Akash’s father already decided that he will never compromise with the education of their children no matter how less his income is. After moving to Kolkata, a family of six started living in a single-room house to save money for some more important aspects of life. Akash being the bright and responsible kid, on the one hand, started excelling in his studies and on the other, used to help his father in their shop.
As rightly said, if you will never give up then even angels will come down on Earth to take you out from your miseries. Similarly, Akash came across many benefactors throughout his journey of ups and downs. In class 12, when his family was going through a financial crunch, the school secretary Shri Jagmohan Bagla paid school fees for him which helped Akash to continue his studies. Next time, his principal was the helping hand who waived his fees during his graduation. Even his relatives Nisha Dubey and Dilip Pandey also offered him help with the admission fees for MCA. And then his friend Mohammed Ali used to lend him some money for books.
Akash used to take tuitions during his graduation and post-graduation in his small one-room house to manage his college fees from 2005 to 2010. After his studies, initially, he joined his school as a part-time teacher with his continuous preparations to get a government job.
He cleared most of the competitive exams in whichever he appeared but, 2015 is the year in which all his hard work get paid off. And all his struggles came to an end with the government job in DRDO and posted as an Inspector in Income Tax Department Bhubaneshwar. He continued his teaching of underprivileged children in Bhubaneshwar as well, but soon he realized that he could help more needy students in Kolkata. Akash, without any hesitation, started traveling to Kolkata over every weekend to teach poor students, aiming to crack competitive exams. And as we know God always supports good deeds, the very next year, 2016, Akash got transferred to Kolkata as an Inspector in Central Excise, Customs, and Service Tax.
“One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.”
Currently, Akash runs his institute in a rented room and the fees collected is sufficient enough to cover the rent of the place that is divided among the students and Akash himself costing approximately Rs.8 per month to everyone. He even exempts students who are in no position to pay the meager amount. Nothing can keep the success at bay for the hard-working person with a selfless motive. He has now started taking approximately four to five batches a year, with each batch consisting of roughly 150 students. He is not only preparing the students for competitive exams but also making them a better citizen.
“Just like the people I mentioned helped me and made me capable of helping these students, I want my students to help more students like them.” – Akash’s wish
“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view — until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” – Atticus Finch
You can only understand the pain of a person if you have already gone through the same agony. He began to provide free education because he has been through the pain of not able to buy books or to pay fees. Apart from teaching, Akash is also trying to build up a social network of responsible citizens that can come and help students in any possible way.
This story of Akash Tripathi made a great impact on mind and soul leaving us filled with the encouragement of changing the society. It’s time when we all join our hands together and use the cumulative potential for the upliftment of our fellow beings.
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