The below Sanskrit Sloka is proved true by the 47 Teachers from across the country who have been awarded Nation Teachers Award 2020. The award conferred by the President is the recognition and appreciation of the steps taken by the teachers in order to improve school education qualitatively.
निवर्तयत्यन्यजनं प्रमादतः स्वयं निष्पापपथे प्रवर्तते। गुणाति तत्त्वं हितमिच्छुरंगिनाम् शिवार्थिनां यः स गुरु र्निगद्यते ||
अर्थ जो दूसरों को प्रमाद करने से रोकते हैं, स्वयं निष्पाप रास्ते से चलते हैं, हित और कल्याण की कामना रखनेवाले को तत्त्वबोध कराते हैं, उन्हें गुरु कहते हैं|
One such a teacher is Dr. Kewalanand Kandpal from the state of Uttarakhand who has dedicated his life in the field of education and leaves no stones unturned. Dr. Kandpal is the Principal in Government Higher Secondary School, Pudkuni, Kapkote, Bageshwar, Uttrakhand. Born in a small village of Bageshwar he started his career in the year 1990 as a Lecturer in Rajkiya Inter College, Gopeshwar.
Dr. Kandpal, has demonstrated himself to being an inspirational and capable leader for his school. In a remote region, he has shown great ability to build community support for the school where he helped bridge a big gender gap in enrolment and also successfully mobilised resources from the community for land and infrastructure for the school including a much needed safe and stable water supply system for the students. – PIB
Dr. Kandpal told us that when he joined the GHSS in October 2017, there was no motorable road connectivity to the region even worst no building for the school. At present, the school is being run in a Junior High School with limited space, established in 1987. After serving for six months, in March 2018 he started discussing the importance of education as well as the school building. He told them in case there will be no building for the school it may be shifted out of the village and that may lead to accessibility issues for the school students. This took a while for him but he was successful in convincing the villagers to donate land near the road for the school in the year 2019.
The second thing that Dr. Kandpal tackled through his efforts was ensuring education for girl students. While serving his duties Dr. Kandapal realized from the school records that the girl students were dropping from the school due to their family reasons (example due to financial challenges, marriage, etc.). He encouraged the girl students in his school to talk to their parents and convivence them to allow them to continue their studies. One of the girl students has passed her Class 12th exam this year. His efforts have brought a positive change in the village none of the students have left the schools in the last 2 years.
On this achievement of winning the National Teachers Award 2020, we congratulated Dr. Kandpal and leveraged this opportunity to know more about him.
- What inspired you to be a teacher?
- Don’t remember exactly why and how but I was quite inspired by my class 11th teacher Shri Madan Gopal Sharma.
- Do you have any heroes or role models?
- At a personal level, it’s was my father Late Shri Pramanad Kandpal and in the professional life Prof. Puranchand Kavidayal who supported me the most during the initial days of my education. I will always be thankful for his support and gestures.
- What were your childhood dreams?
- To become an engineer as I had a love for machinery in the form of toys.
- Do you enjoy reading books? Can you suggest some good read to your students?
- Yes, I love reading books during my leisure time. Presently I’m reading ‘Bhasha Ka Buniyadi Tana-Bana’ By Rajani Dwivedi (Author) and Hriday Kant Diwan (Author). For students in class 12th, I will recommend ‘Seven Habits of Highly Effective People’ By Steven Covey.
- Are you a good poet?
- I am not a poet however I like to write sometimes when I am tired and in stress.
What others say about Dr. Kandpal on achieving the National Teachers Award 2020
16 अक्टूबर 2017 को आदरणीय डाँ केवलानंद काण्डपाल जी द्वारा हमारे विद्यालय में प्रधानाचार्य के रूप में कार्यभार ग्रहण किया गया। तभी से हम सभी को उनका मार्गदर्शन प्राप्त हो रहा है विद्यालय के सभी शिक्षकों का यह सौभाग्य रहा कि हमें उनके नेर्तत्व में काम करने का सौभाग्य प्राप्त हुआ। उनके सरल स्वभाव तथा विद्यालय के प्रति उनके समर्पण के कारण उनके साथ कार्य करने में कभी भी कोई परेशानी नहीं हुयी। उनके साथ कार्य करके बहुत कुछ सीखने को मिला। –राजेश पाठक, सo अo(एल०टी०), राoउoमाoविoपुड़कूनी कपकोट (बागेश्वर)
कांडपाल सर अत्यंत मृदुभाषी और शांतिप्रिय व्यक्ति हैं. वह सादा और सरल जीवन जीने में विश्वास रखते हैं. उनके पढ़ाने का तरीका अत्यंत रोचक है वह बहुत अच्छी कविताएं और लेख लिखते हैं.. जिसका पढ़ने वाले पर गहरा प्रभाव पड़ता है.. उनका व्यक्तित्व उनके चेहरे से स्पष्ट झलकता है.. यह कहना अतिशयोक्ति नहीं होगी कि “ऐसे व्यक्तित्व का सानिध्य पाकर पुरस्कार को उसका यथायोग्य स्थान प्राप्त हुआ है” — कंचन उपाध्याय पूर्व डीएलएड छात्रा बागेश्वर
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