Interviewer: Damini Bisht, Campus Ambassador, LexQuest.
Hello Madam/Sir. Tell us about yourself and what inspires you?
Myself Neha, an assistant professor in a private college affiliated to IP university.
What inspires me!
Well, everyone inspires me in some or other ways.. I get inspired to live life to the fullest with whaterever I have when I see a mentally ill person. I get inspired by knowing the life story of great leaders, martyrs, and revolutionaries. I get inspiration to live freely by seeing the birds up in the sky, I get inspiration to live a peaceful life when I see great rivers and oceans, I get inspiration to be a lively and pure person when I see sun and moon respectively, I get inspired by the fearless and innocent smiles of the children, altruistic attitudes of the saints, sacrificing and tolerant attitude of parents, strength of soldiers, hard work of ants and other insects, and the hopeful side of life from cacoon and butterfly…. In short, everything which I have seen in my life has inspired me in some or other way. 🙂
What was your aim in life as a teenager?
To be a social reformer… And it is the only aim that I have in my life. All my decisions revolves around this very aim.
What strategies did you use to be successful in college?
No strategies… The mission was to be successful in life, not merely in college. And for that, I lived a life surrounded by books rather than people… reading books not only of my subjects but of different fields.
Why did you choose to be a professor?
To get in touch with youth… To see the world from their perspective and to make them see the world from my perspective.
Tell us about the Institute in which you are teaching.
Since it is the first institution from where I started my professional life, many emotions and sentiments are attached with it. Obviously, I am in no state to compare the working of this institute with any other institute but what I usually feel is, I am lucky to get opportunity to work under a great and kind hearted management team, and cooperative colleagues, who tries to help me whenever I am in need of them. Also, the students of this institute are so innocent and cute that I sometimes get a motherly feeling when I teach them.
I see a great future of this institute. Hopeful to see it in the list of IP university’s top ten institute in the coming years.
How has your experience been so far?
If you had not been a professor, what would you be?
A saint/ politician/ poet/ writer… I guess!
How do you define good teaching?
A student friendly environment created to inspire students and make them learn in such a way that could lead them to take their decision in the best possible way not only regarding their ‘vocational subject’ but also about the matters that are concerned with their social, emotional, political and cultural life.
Describe your teaching style. How do you engage students?
To be original and entertaining is the only style I know of teaching.
Also, I try to be their friend, philosopher and guide, so that no student could ever feel any kind of pressure because of me or fear from me.
What do you think are your greatest strengths as an instructor? In which areas do you feel you can use some further development?
My tolerance and compassion!
Area for further development! (sorry but I am unable to comprehend your sentiments that are coming out from this question)
As per my understanding of the question, I would say, Value laden Curriculum development is the need of the hour, curriculum must not be too rigid to kill the originality and strength of the students. value laden studies should be followed.
What is your favourite part of your current job and why is it your favourite part?
Love to interact with students…
What do you dislike most about your current job?
Share your ideas about professional development.
Try to learn from everything and everyone. Your students can also prove to be a great teacher for you if you observe and try to understand them fully.
Accept your mistakes, focus on your work in working hours, try to be optimistic and always think twice before you speak.
What is the biggest conflict you have ever been involved in at work? How did you handle the situation?
Conflict! Never faced any conflict. Yes some minor disputes were there but no conflicts.
If a student said she thought you were the worst teacher he/she ever had, how would you react and what would you say?
You can’t be in everyone’s favorite list! All you can do is to be the best you can be. But do try to know what about you irritates them, so that you can improve yourself if it is really a short-coming from your side.
Introspect whenever you get time.
Lastly, do you think students should behave the professors like friends, or is it necessary to maintain a disciplined environment to create a good classroom environment?
Extreme of everything is dangerous. Students can take professors as their friends but are also advised to maintain discipline and a respectful environment for their teachers and same applies to the teachers regarding students.