His influence will continue to positively impact our institution and university for years to come
When it comes to teachers, let me express how significant they are, both for themselves and for us. They are like crowns on our heads, enabling the entire system of the universe to progress. Just as plants and offspring gain knowledge and experience from their predecessors, teachers play a crucial role in imparting knowledge and wisdom to the next generation. Teachers are an integral part of society, and without them, the fabric of our universe would quickly unravel. In the era we find ourselves in, the role of teachers is as essential and impactful as ever before. While their primary duty is to educate, they also have the responsibility of training students, awakening their potential, and fostering their growth as contributing members of society.
Teachers are like pilots who keep aeroplanes soaring in the skies, allowing us to complete journeys that once took hours in a matter of minutes. Teachers are the reason we can communicate across vast distances, bridging miles with their lessons. It is through the guidance of these exceptional educators that our world has seen immense development and progress.
I firmly believe that a teacher plays a pivotal role in shaping a student’s development. With a good teacher, students can cultivate their minds, become intellectual individuals, and progress rapidly. I consider myself fortunate to have Dr Ashfaq Ali, also known as Ashu Sir, as my friend, brilliant teacher, and amazing mentor in the Political Science Department at Bemina Degree College. Since 2019, when I enrolled in the integrated Political Science program at Cluster University Srinagar, he has been a constant source of inspiration, significantly contributing to my academic journey.
Right from the first day, I could sense that Dr Ashfaq Ali stood out from other teachers. His keen observation skills and unique teaching methodology make him truly special. He doesn’t rely on conventional methods; instead, he constantly seeks new ways to engage his students and explore uncharted territories of knowledge. One remarkable quality he possesses is his ability to present information without overwhelming his students. He understands that knowledge should always remain accessible and endeavours to keep himself well-informed through analytical methods. This implies that he actively seeks out new material, stays updated on various topics, and applies his knowledge in practical and meaningful ways. His grasp of reality is truly astonishing, as he recognizes the interconnectedness of everything. Recognising the links that exist between different concepts and ideas is a skill that sets him apart.
During and after class, Dr Ashfaq Ali engages with his students through academic conversations, always seeking to understand us on a philosophical level. He imparts not only knowledge about the subject but also valuable life lessons, empowering us to make wise decisions. He has fostered a nurturing and inclusive classroom environment where every student’s voice is heard and respected. His impact on me extends far beyond the confines of the classroom, shaping my personality and enabling me to reach my fullest potential. His teaching approach goes beyond simply delivering the content; it is imbued with creativity, enthusiasm, and a deep understanding of the material. His constant support and unwavering belief in our abilities have provided us with the strength to overcome obstacles and strive for excellence. Moreover, he engages with us intellectually and philosophically both inside and outside the classroom, comprehending us on a deeper level. Dr Ashfaq Ali has created a supportive and welcoming learning environment, where our growth is acknowledged, and our personalities are moulded.
For Ashu Sir’s exceptional dedication and effort, I express my sincere gratitude. I am certain that his influence will continue to positively impact our institution and university for years to come. I deeply appreciate all his hard work and devotion in guiding the direction of our institute.
The writer is a student of Integrated Political Science at Cluster University Srinagar. He can be reached at [email protected]