Srinagar, 18 Aug :

“A good teacher inspires, ignites the imagination and instills the love of learning as well acts as an awakener in the society. Teaching profession contributes lion’s share for the future of our society”.

Teachers are the strongest pillars of our society who hold the great responsibility of grooming and educating a whole new generation.

Education is not just about school, classes and grades but about knowing that with time does not fade and true essence of teaching lies in making students passionate about learning things.

Mohammad Iqbal Shah, who raised in a small village Batpora-Langate of District Kupwara, Shah started his career in Education Department as a Mathematics and Science teacher in early 90’s in Higher Secondary Handwara, after receiving Masters in Physics from University district has been awarded best teacher for the year 2016 by the state government.

Shah, posted at Girls Higher Secondary School Handwara, with best male teacher Award, started his career in education department as a mathematics and physics teacher in the year 1993 from Higher Secondary School Langate after completing his post graduation in Physics from University of Kashmir.

Mohammad Iqbal Shah did his primary education from Singhpora Kalan Baramulla, where he used to help his uncle besides studying and then he continued his Secondary School education at Boys Higher Secondary Handwara and completed his graduation at Baramulla Degree College.

Shah is known for his enthusiasm, encouragement, and dedication towards education and he believes that every student deserves best. It was his belief that every student can learn if they receive the appropriate instructions from a teacher that involves and inspires them.

After joining the department of education, the way of his teaching changed besides the course of learning and thinking of both students and parents towards the science subject also changed.

“Before I joined the institution, there were only seven students who had opted for the science stream but my hard work, determination compelled most of them to take science stream due to which the enrollment in the institution enhanced,” Shah said.

After giving his 100% results in three consecutive years, students from Handwara town also migrated to his institution.

His father Mohd. Sulaiman Shah and his mother have had a tough period to make their both ends meet but they did and enrolled their children in schools and ignited in them the love for education which made them go up to the higher level. His elder brother Mohd Ashraf Shah, was already the professor at NIT before Mohd Iqbal Shah joined the department of education. The financial problems never became a hindrance for him to excel in education. He got full support from his family, especially from his mother.

“Whenever she used to see me sitting without books at home, She would tell me that why are you not reading books, ain’t you going to teach your class tomorrow”, he said, while remembering his mother.

Iqbal trained and introduced his students to the number of institutions like NIT (National Institute of Technology) Srinagar and Kashmir University through a number of seminars and programs. These programs were conducted to inculcate the potential and exposure among the students where they get a chance to interact with reputed scientists so that they can appear for different competitive examinations.

The facilitation of teachers started in 2006, which was aimed to respect the hard work of the teachers. Authorities have also announced that they want to take this award at the zonal level so that the best teachers are rewarded, recognized and facilitated.

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