Vision loss not a deterrent for this Odisha teacher

Bhadrak: Despite visual impairment, Bhaskar Chandra Mallick of Nuasahi village under Lunga panchayat in Bhadrak district is setting example for many by educating children of his village and neighbouring areas.

After passing Class XII in 1980, Bhaskar took admission in BJB College in Bhubaneswar to pursue graduate course in Commerce stream. However, he had to quit midway due to gradual loss of vision.

But the disability did not deter Bhaskar from providing education to others. Initially, he taught his younger brother and children from neighbourhood. When they came out with flying colours in their examinations, Bhaskar became famous in the area.

Currently, Bhaskar teaches 37 students at his house on a regular basis.

“Instead of sitting idle, I prefer to impart education to children. If any organisation comes forward to provide a permanent set up, it will benefit many poor students who are deprived of quality education due to financial constraints,” said Bhaskar, who has attained 60 years of age.

“He (Bhaskar) provides good education and clears our doubts completely. Our seniors were quite successful academically under his guidance. Some even got scholarship after clearing different tests,” said Rekhanjali Das, a student.

Toeing similar lines, another student Udayanath Mallick said, “I have been studying under his guidance for past three years. He teaches Maths very well and helps us in remembering formulas.”

Bhaskar has won many accolades from different organisations for his service. Residents of the area believe if the State government helps him in his endeavour, many poor students will be benefitted.

“Bhaskar has a strong memory power. He never demands money from any child, but provides quality teaching and produces meritorious students. His sole aim is to teach children and spread the light of knowledge,” said Kamalakanta Naik, an educationist.