Meet 72-year-old physically-disabled teacher, Ramachandra Bhola, a resident of Baradanga village under Mahakalapada block. For over five decades, he has been teaching children of his locality many of whom are now well-placed.
Popularly known as Ram sir, Bhola cannot walk properly and moves from one place to another by crawling, but he has produced many successful students, who are now placed in respectable positions and highly-paid jobs, including doctors, OAS officers, teachers and engineers.
According to Bhola, when he was only two years old, he was affected with polio and failed to stand on his feet. He completed his 7th class in 1965 and after a gap of 19 years, he passed 10th class as he had discontinued his studies due to poverty.
While he was only 14 years and studying in class 7th, he cleared the doubts of his juniors. Later, he decided to start teaching the students of his locality. He opened a tuition class at his ramshackle thatched house and started teaching his students from class 1 to class 10th.
According to locals, Bhola has dedicated his life to teaching.
According to Bibhuti Bhushan Rout, a local youth, he and his father were the students of Ram sir. "Sir managed to motivate and guide us properly," he said.
Meanwhile, the student strength of his (chatsali) private school is 50. Most of the students belong to poor family. So, Ram sir generally do not take money from the poor guardians.
“I feel proud of being a student of Ramchandra sir. His valuable teaching has made me successful in my life as I am well settled," said Sanghamitra Biswal , working in a private bank.
Meantime, Bhola has converted his Mo Kudia house to class room and runs his chatsali from there. His source of living is disabled pension and subsidised rations.
The locals have demanded before the district administration to take step for arranging a tri-cycle for the septuagenarian teacher.