When the Bageshwar district magistrate (DM), Mangesh Ghildiyal, was set to get transferred to Rudraprayag in May, hundreds of locals took to the streets to oppose this move. Though they couldn’t stop the transfer, there’s good reason why they didn’t want to lose him. Mangesh has garnered public adulation for connecting people with several government welfare programmes and providing quick solutions every time the district faces a problem.
This time, in an out-of-the-box initiative, he roped his wife, Usha Ghildiyal, to teach in the Science department of the GGIC (Govt Girls Inter College) Rudraprayag High School, when the students faced scarcity of teachers.
On being notified about the school’s science department being understaffed, and in turn affecting the students’ academic performance, the DM assigned his wife to take charge till the school finds a suitable replacement.
“While visiting the school for a routine inspection, I came to know that the students did not have a science teacher. I requested my wife to volunteer there and she immediately agreed. After having a conversation with the school’s principal regarding this, my wife joined the school as a science teacher. Recruitment for teachers at the government level will begin soon. Until then, my wife will continue to volunteer her services there,” he told YourStory.
Usha has started teaching science to Class 9 and 10 students, and dedicates two and a half hours each day to teach these children, reported the publication.
In keeping with her new role, Usha not only took responsibility and attended work punctually, but also became the favourite teacher of the students in a short time. According to the school’s principal, Mamta Nautiyal, Usha’s calm nature along with her sound teaching techniques have made her very popular among students.
Usha holds a doctorate in Plant Pathology from Govind Ballabhpant University.
In an interview with Amar Ujala, she said, “I want girls to excel in fields like arts and science and make their district proud.”
Mangesh is an IAS officer of the 2011 batch, who also secured the fourth position countrywide. He was offered the opportunity to join the IFS, but he chose to serve the home cadre. He is reportedly planning to open a coaching centre for civil services aspirants in the district. He has also been consistently working towards his aim of improving the state of schools in Uttarakhand.
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