Men who matter
A. Sivaramakrishna Reddy
"As far as education is concerned my philosophy is simple. I believe in the formula, `Good student + good teacher = healthy nation'. And that's what I have been trying to achieve over the years", says the director of Ramakrishna Residential Public School, A. Sivaramakrishna Reddy.
Born and brought up in Guntur district, Mr. Reddy joined the Government Industrial Training Institute (ITI) in Visakhapatnam as teacher after completing his automobile engineering from Chennai.
Complete school concept
Though Mr. Reddy was working as a teacher at the ITI, the thought of founding a complete school was at the back of his mind. "Since I was working in a government institution it was not possible for me to start anything on my own. After years of contemplation and trying to persuade friends to start a complete school, it finally materialized in 1991 when a few friends came forward to establish a school that I dreamt of."
In 1991 Ramakrishna Residential Public School was started near NAD Kotha Road on the lines of the sketch that he drew and nurtured in his mind over the years. Though he was not officially part of it because of his teaching commitment with the ITI, his signature was etched in every brick of the institution.
What is a complete school?
According to him a student should never go to a tuition class after school hours or go to any other person for clearing his or her doubts. A student should leave the school at the end of the day without any doubts and with a fresh mind. "Moreover, I believe in a holistic learning system. A student should be master of all the chapters in all the basic subjects like history, physics or geography within the prescribed syllabus. A combination of CBSE and State Board syllabus would be ideal for the students, as all the basic subjects would be covered. The foundation should be strong for a better life ahead," he avers.
Mr. Reddy has now taken voluntary retirement from ITI to give his full-time efforts in developing the school.
"This equation is the most vital for the success of any school and the proper grooming of a student. I handpick my teachers after rigorous written tests and demonstrations, as it is they who would finally groom the young minds. The relationship should be a combination of respect, friendship, love and understanding. It is the teachers' duty to identify the slow learners and take up special classes for their benefit," he says.
The school is built on traditional lines and there is a lot of importance attached to languages like Hindi, Telugu and Sanskrit. Free special classes and personality development classes form part of the curriculum. "Our cultural roots are very strong so why deviate from the gurukulam philosophy," says Mr. Reddy.
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