Motivator Par Excellence

20 Aug

As I struggle to keep my son motivated for his tenth exams, I cannot but think of K.S.Chandrashekariah.

K.S.C was the Headmaster of Vijaya High School. Every day at the morning assembly he’d launch into this lecture about studies, study habits. In the beginning the lectures seemed long drawn and boring… sitting in the quadrangle under the morning sun.. but soon it would “Eat” its way into you… he’d almost be in raptures talking about success stories and how discipline helped in the long run. I still remember him on the podium in the class.. all the time extolling us with the virtues of good study habits.

By the time we were in 10th grade, it was cool to be a “kudumi” (bookworm). The dedication and passion are somehow missing from teachers of this era.

We need more Chandrashekariahs….

CROSS POSTED ON The Vijaya High School Blog


11 Responses to “Motivator Par Excellence”

  1. Veena August 21, 2008 at 7:41 am #


    So true, those morning assmebly session and all the lessons of our teachers. I thought the teachers these days are more serious about “teaching” and getting good ranks to the school and hence they take lot of special classes or so. What made you to say they lack dedication /commitment?

    and where is this KS Chandrashekariah these days? any corporate company hired him to lead their leadership(motivate) training teams?

  2. Vijay August 21, 2008 at 8:10 am #

    @Veena: I dont see teachers who have the stature that ours had (or my Dad’s)… unfortunately teaching doesnt pay much… In my opinion it has to pay more.. much more to attract the right talent…in fact tutorials pay more…

    Chandrashekariah (or HM) retired a few years ago… I dont know if he is still active…

  3. India - Travels in my nightie August 21, 2008 at 8:15 am #

    Hey, at least they still teach English grammar in India (even if it still through Wren and Martin). They might be back to teaching it again in English schools but they certainly weren’t during my school and university years (1967-1981). I guarantee you, most Indians between the ages of 20 and 50 will have a better grasp of English grammar than the English.

  4. Vijay August 21, 2008 at 8:29 am #

    @India – Travels … Very true… however teaching has ceased to be a “desired” profession… I guess that is a problem the world over…

  5. Poornima August 22, 2008 at 3:23 pm #

    The current generation have access to lot other stuff, which we didnot have. So there are more distractions. You can buy degrees in India. You can buy medical seats or engineering seats very easily. That was not the case whe we were growing up. Very few people could afford the so called Donation seats and people used to look down upon them.Now, it is so common that noone cares about.Finally any Tom Dick and Harry can get a job in IT and also can get a project in US.

    So there are various demotivating factors in the society nowadays. Teachers alone cannot do much in the current scenario.

  6. Nikhil August 23, 2008 at 3:19 pm #

    So true, saar! Yen maadodu heli… These young upstarts these days! Bah!

  7. Srikanth August 23, 2008 at 9:27 pm #


    I am sure our parents had the same thing to say about us, the typical refrain was, “Navella yenne dipadalli odtaa iddvi, jyotege mane-horagina kelsanu madbekagtitu. Yeshto jana bidi-deepada kelage odtare”

    I guess every generation invents its wheel.

  8. praneshachar August 25, 2008 at 11:23 pm #

    absolutely true the teacher today are joining for theirod livelihood unlike those times when they came with pure dedication and commitment. salary was not at all sufficient to meet ends but they were real gurus. today salary of a govt school teacher is quite good and so everyone wants to join (those who are not into other more lucrative jobs) but dedication is totally missing. some of them are so bad even they are not up to mark. reservations M+I all plays and quite few are into spoiling children by indulging in activities which are taking innocent boys from their main stream into other notorious activities they indulge in politics in school. these teacher are shame to nation. life is like that. the name chandrashekaraiah brought my college memories back he was our principal popularly known as CBC a strict disciplinarian always in white pant and white shirt he was staying very near to college the moment he was on road to reach college he was visible with his own identity of white and white with shining bald head all students who were outside will scatter and go off to places to hide from his eyes he was remembering each ones name strength was around 1000+ at that time. he will inerview each student personally and admit. he used to take round after rounds for some notorious students and ensure they give undertakings etc., before finally they got admitted. he never denied seat to anyone as that was the only degree college but made them to run great person now he stays in bangalore I have met him several times he is same CBC even now majestic white and white prathasmaraniyaru
    another one sheshachalam he was our High school HM he is also a dedicated person and great teacher. he used to stay about 25 kms from hospet in his farm house and complete his puja in temple in the garden and come to school by fantabulous schooter scooter was left everyday in the garage to make ready for next day today he is also in bangalore he disposed off his farm house and moved all dieties to bellary and handed over to someone to take care and joined his only son here who is a GM in HMT i keep meeting him too wonderful couple they are ofcourse both ae family friends too
    thank you vijay for taking me back to my school and college days keep posting

  9. Vijay August 26, 2008 at 3:12 am #

    @Poornima: While I agree with you in general on the capitation fee and the “Tom Dick and Harry” bit, reservations have meant that deserving candidates are forced to get seats by paying money.
    @Nikhil: 😀
    @Srikanth: And we do the same to our kids as well.. thats an idea for a whole new post
    @Pranesh: Great to hear about CBC and Seshachalam… My father still talks about his Maharajas College days and his professors with great admiration…

  10. neela August 28, 2008 at 4:10 pm #

    ella professions nallu values dilute agive.
    Luckily there are many still around who give motivational lectures.

    my mom used to talk about Maharaja’s college professors too!
    And it made me want to travel back to the early fifties to attend lectures of DLN etal….

  11. hema rajesh September 18, 2008 at 1:13 pm #

    I think motivating need not be mere advising. Being a teacher dealing with 10th and 12th students and also a parent of 7th grader, i feel, we still think children should study and study all the time and keep advising then to do the same. times have changed, exposure to world has changed, its time we also need to change. I think students are motivated enough to do on their own. Guiding them with skills is the need of the hour. we speak of soft skills today. Did we ever knew what they were in our high school or college days? Please don’t say that motivating teachers are absent. I have met teachers in rural areas who are motivating kids to a greater extent. I work in TVS Academy which had a blend of urban ,semi urban and rural population. But I still get all my students who have excelled professionally and wishing us on 5th September very fondly. I do not deny Sir KCC was a great motivator but I still meet teachers who are professionally committed.

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