“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” – William Arthur Ward
A great person always believes in sharing the Knowledge. Today, we have come with the story of Akash Tripathi, a custom Inspector by profession who is providing free coaching to students. He believes that every student no matter which caste, religion, poor or rich should have equal opportunity in competitive exams. Education is for everyone, and Akash believes that he does not want anyone to face any difficulty as he has faced due to the financial crisis.
Akash was born in a small village Aanhi in Mirzapur district of Uttar Pradesh. His father, Jaishankar Tripathi decide to shift to Kolkata when he was in class 6, to provide him the better education. His father started working on a shop which he rented in Natun Bazar in Kolkata. A family of six comprising four children including Akash along with their parent used to live in a one-room house. Even being equipped with little income and comfort, his father never compromised with his children’s education. Akash also used to go to his father’s shop to help him after school. Akash always excelled in every class in his school and was soon the pride of his parents and school.
However, Akash’s journey was not so smooth all the time, but many people mentored and helped Akash to achieve his dream. Firstly, it was school Secretary Shri Jagmohan Bagla, who paid his class 12 fees after seeing his academic records. This is the time when Akash was unable to pay his fees due to the financial crisis in his family. After that, it was his principal who waived his fees during his graduation. Last but not the least, his relatives Nisha Dubey and Dilip Pandey helped him with the admission fees for MCA and his friend his friend Mohammed Ali used to lend him money for books.
Akash joined his school as a part-time teacher and started working harder to get a government job in DRDO. He also started taking tuitions in his small house after his graduation from 2005 to 2010. He refused to take any fees from students with a weak financial background. This was the starting of his teaching career. However, it was in 2015 when his hard work paid off, and he got a job in DRDO, and soon he was sent to Bhubaneswar as an Inspector in the Income Tax Department. However, his passion for teaching did not let him forgot Kolkata so he would travel to Kolkata every weekend and teach underprivileged students aspiring for competitive exams.
Luckily, he was posted as an inspector in central Excise, customs, and Service tax in Kolkata in 2016 and since then he devoted more time to students in Kolkata. At present, Akash teaches his students in a temporarily rented room. He charges only a very small enough to cover the rent of the room that is divided among the students and Akash himself that rounds up to Rs. 8 per month each. He even exempts students who are in no position to pay the meager amount. Now he has started talking about 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
It is true that you can understand the pain of a person if you have already gone through same pain. Akash knows that how it feels when you have no money to study and even to buy the book and that is why he is providing education for free of cost. Apart from teaching, Akash is also trying to build a social network of responsible citizens to come and help students in any possible way. We need more responsible and educated people like Akash in India so that not even a single student is deprived of education.
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