Ever since we met at the universal entrance coaching centre, I have always been in touch with my friend and roommate Swapna . She is a passionate teacher who goes beyond her limits to help her students and contribute. When we don’t have an official get together also we met, even if it was for 10 minutes on my way to airport.
Many times the meeting took place in her ”own” place, the MES college. There she is not only a teacher, but also their confidante, well-wisher , friend and carer. Looking at her facebook, many times I saw the admiration her students have for their beloved teacher. With the modern technologies and social media explosion, we can imagine the challenging job for teachers to manage students in the class and outside. At least in our time we didn’t have the distractions of mobile phones and other gadgets.
During our college days she was my teacher, reading out from the text books and explaining things in simple language – even my horror subject Economics, I could pass because of her efforts. Swapna is still teaching others, also studying something new. Hats off to this wonderful lady! Let me post my recent conversation with her, exclusively for Throwback Online!
Hello Swapna! although I don’t need an introduction for you, for our batch mates who are not in touch, can you tell me about your journey after MACE?
After MACE I took MBA from University of Calicut and PhD from Mahatma Gandhi University. Presently I am working for MES College Marampally, Aluva as Associate Professor in Dept. of Business Administration. Currently I am doing another course on National Technology Program Learning offered by IIT Chennai.
Wow, that is an interesting one. Especially to study for so long. How is your family? I often wonder that yours is the only family with two PhDs in our batch. How old are your kids now?
My family is doing well. My husband Dr. Basheer V S is a Principal Scientist in ICAR. Elder son Sachu has finished Plus Two, Younger son Unni is going to be in year 10. Both are doing well.
How do you feel about meeting old friends after a long gap?
Excited. Although I am in touch with most of our classmates, haven’t seen the entire batch for long time.
When you were growing up, did you have a dream job? Did you ever think of doing what you do today?
My dream was to become an industrialist. I never thought of coming into teaching profession. But I think this is my real passion and I was somehow directed to the right place. Interacting with students everyday keeps me fresh. It also gives me a lot of opportunity to contribute in various ways.
Are there any unique factors associated with MACE that you think contributed to your success in later life?
Finding pleasure in doing anything.. In MACE we enjoyed every moment.
If you meet your own younger self in MACE today what would you say ?
To be honest, I am scared.. Now circumstances changed a lot. I don’t think I can relive whatever I experienced 25 years before
Are you and family involved in any community activities/charity programs/political organisations/church /temple etc? What is your take on that? Why do you think it is important?
Definitely we are a part of many charity programs. It is very important today. Being in a college environment and close to my students, I always see someone in need and try to help in my way.
Did you have a role model while studying in MACE ? Why did that person influenced you?
Not any particular role Model.. We (roommates) lived in our way and I guess we were all ok with each other. It kind of influenced all of us.
What is the most memorable event from MACE that you may like to share?
Of course our porotta and chilli chicken incident- the Hot n Spicy LH Secret! Now a days when I see so many assignments and test papers that students haven’t collected are sitting in the department shelves, I remember our incident and wonder about the possibilities 🙂
What is your advice to current and future students of MACE ?
Enjoy your college years and study well , but never hurt the feelings of your parents, teachers and anyone in this world.
Do you want to share your college nickname here?
Sure ! “Sops”