Bhagawan: Teacher whose transfer students stopped

By Naomi N Published on Jun 22, 2018 03:00 PM IST

G Bhagawan outside the Veliagaram school.

Chennai: At a time when there is scant respect for teachers, it was touching to see students of Government Higher Secondary School, Veliagaram, in the neighbouring Tiruvallur district, breaking down and pleading with their 'English sir' G Bhagawan not to leave the school.

The 28-year-old, as part of a routine procedure, was given a transfer to a different school by the Education Department as the school already had surplus teachers. But, after the emotional video went viral, higher officials have put on hold his transfer.

Bhagawan spoke to News Today about the emotional turn of events which catapulted him to fame. "I am so touched by their genuine love and the tears they shed for me. I could not do anything or react when it happened. I owe my students for this."

But what makes him stand out in a school which has surplus teachers? "I am not only a teacher for them, I am a father figure, a brother and a friend. Most of them come from poor and broken families from seven neighbouring villages. Some even come hungry to school. All I wanted was to give them a better future. I motivate them in ways I can. I make learning interesting."

In such circumstances, the challenge of a teacher lies in getting the attention of students. "I teach them using a projector on a weekly basis, it excites the students who get a feel that they are in a movie theatre. I also take time to impart life's lessons through short stories and poetry. I get them thinking about their future, telling them about current issues and motive them to write TNPSC, NEET exams."

His dedication to the students has a story. "When I was in primary school, I had a teacher called Umapathy. We all loved and respected him. He changed my life through his classes and jos teaching methodology inspired me to be a teacher," he says.

A native of Tiruttani, Bhagawan did his B.Ed and got a posting in this school soon after clearing Teachers Eligibility Test.

Ask him if he would like to continue in the same school, he says, "I have been here for four years. I love all my students. But I will respect and follow any decision of the government."