Teaching is a noble profession!
In our new section - You Speak, we want to talk to you and know more about you - all our community members and those who read the articles we publish on our site. We also invite expression of fresh thoughts and opinions - email us at email@example.com an interesting article that you would like us to publish or let us know that you want to share your story and we will get in touch with you for a chat - just like we spoke to the vibrant Ms. Sanjukta Purkayastha Roy, Marine Faculty at Mercantile Marine Academy, Kolkata. Let's hear what she had to share about her life and her goals:
For how many years have you been teaching - in the same institute or different institutes?
I taught for 5 years, from 2005 to 2009 at Shree Bharati, a CBSE affiliated school, eventually got married to a Merchant Navy Officer, thus taking a sabbatical leave for a brief period. I have rejoined teaching once again from June 2012. Currently I am teaching at Mercantile Marine Academy, Kolkata.
What are the subjects that you teach at Marine Institute?
I teach Personal Safety and Social Responsibility, Communication and Management subjects for Marine Officers Upgradation as per STCW (Standards of Training, Certification and Watch Keeping for Seafarers) 2010 requirements.
Why did you decide to be a teacher?
Teaching - as they say is a noble profession. The respect and integrity of this profession is unmatched with any amount of salary. However, being passionate about teaching since my childhood days, I am earning well be it salary or respect as I am trudging towards my goal along with my students.
What is the best thing about your job?
The best thing about my job is that I get to interact and communicate with various students, irrespective of their age groups, coming from different corners of India. So, teaching, for me, is basically a learning process altogether. Teachers get lot of respect and recognition. There is nothing better and nobler than guiding young souls into a better and brighter future.
Who inspires you?
My self-recognition, my inner spirit in each and every step of success that I achieve through the performance of my students inspires me to a great extent. Also, the indomitable spirit of my parents has inspired me to achieve my goals in moments of quandary.
What is the one thing you regret not doing?
I once got selected for a very prestigious teaching job in Singapore. However it was the same year when my marriage got fixed and I had to choose between career and marriage. I preferred the latter. Though personally I have a happy married life with a wonderful understanding husband and doting parents in law, yet I wish I would have been able to take up the prestigious job opportunity!
What is your biggest achievement?
A teacher’s biggest achievement lies in the success of her students. When I see my Ex-students performing so well in their respective fields, I feel proud, happy and contended for imparting the knowledge and education that I was assigned to. Their acknowledgement of my contribution in shaping their career path is unsurpassed and beyond all measure of material achievements.
How do you think women can be empowered better?
I believe that women can be empowered better by providing them with quality education, making them realize their true positions and status in the society, helping them achieve success in every spheres of life and last but not the least teaching them self-defense to guard themselves, their mothers, sisters and daughters against all atrocities of the human society.
Why are you Glad2bawoman?
Being a woman is a god’s blessing and I am blessed to be born a woman. I am glad to be able to bring happiness and smiles to my home as a daughter, as a daughter-in-law and as a wife. I am glad to serve my society as a mentor and a teacher and show the path of success and happiness to so many young hearts.