A teacher always keeps a close eye on his/her students, making note of their strengths and weaknesses and constantly suggesting what improvements can be bought about. Sushanta Kumar Mukherjee, who has been a lecturer for 25 years, has not only been keeping note of his students but also the city’s development since he chose to make it his permanent residence 19 years ago.
“I shifted to New Panvel in 1994 and since then Navi Mumbai has been my home. It has undergone staggering changes and in my opinion has developed much in a short span of time.
Who would have imagined that in two decades we would have various options for road transport and railways that would connect Navi Mumbai with its sister? But it is there today and is much appreciated,” says Mukherjee. He added that there has also been much development in terms of infrastructural growth.
After completing MSc in Physics, Mukherjee joined the Education Department of Atomic Energy in 1990 and has been teaching Infotech for the junior college students. He has various credits to his name including his major role in introducing computer education throughout the country. He has been pivotal in training of teachers, preparation of syllabus and writing computer textbooks for students of classes IV to VI. Further, he has also been involved in the establishment of a studio in the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) premises in Anushakti Nagar for broadcasting educational programmes via Educational Satellite (EDUSAT) of ISRO. For his contribution in the field of education, he was awarded the National Award to Teachers by the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development in September this year.
He always keeps himself abreast with the developments in the field of education and thus has many recommendations to improve the current scene. He feels that though Navi Mumbai is blessed with many schools and colleges with specialised courses, the number of Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) that specialise in providing technical training is not enough. “These institutes are for students who have more of technical skills and who wish to pursue mechanical or computer courses after SSC itself. There are vary few ITIs in the city and these are run by private bodies due to which quality suffers,” he opines.
He also states that private schools in the city should follow the salary structure laid down by the government so that teachers are not demotivated and quality of teaching does not suffer. And, for the students’ benefit, teachers, in the technical field, should be well versed with technology .As a resident, he has also understood what the city lacks. He says that BEST transport is restricted till Kalamboli and does not extend till Panvel. Non-availability of taxis outside Panvel station causes inconvenience to passengers from outstation.
“More government hospitals giving quality medical service should come up in various nodes of the city to cater to poor people. While Cidco has made many gardens, there are hardly any playgrounds for children,” he says.
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