PM Modi hails Odisha teacher Omprakash Mishra

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday hailed Omprakash Mishra, a teacher from Jeypore in Koraput district of Odisha.

Modi met Mishra personally and highly appreciated his effective use of school labs and technology in teaching of science and mathematics.

Later, taking to his twitter handle, the PM posted a photo with Mishra appreciating him.

Omprakash Mishra is one of the 45 teachers who will be conferred with the National Award for Teachers on the occasion of the Teachers’ Day tomorrow.

“This profession has become a passion for me. Always I say to myself that if I became a teacher then why not become a good teacher. This thought has motivated me a lot to dedicate myself completely to my profession,” said the 48-year-old teacher, who is the in-charge headmaster of Government High School of Jeypore.

“People’s life in rural areas is very miserable. If a teacher cannot do anything then there will not be change in their lifestyle,” he added.

Mishra had begun his teaching career from remote Mathapada high school under Boipariguda block in Koraput district in 1998. However, after realising the difficulties of the rural students for science practical due to unavailability of science equipment, he started using locally available resources for various science experiments which was so helpful that he penned a book on this titled ‘Experimento’ in 2015. Now, within four years of its publication, the book has become a favourite among the science teachers in rural areas of the state.

Besides, in a bid to help the rural tribal students of Classes 7, 8 and 9 to understand mathematics easily, he has also co-authored two books titled ‘Transit’ and ‘Transit-2’.

This apart, he prepared a 40-day practice book ‘Kinetics’ to help the students in clearing the national means-cum-merit scholarship (NMMS) test, which is conducted for Class 8 students.

For his passion and dedication for the unique contribution to the rural students, Mishra was awarded by different organisations including the district administration.

He was also honoured with the state government’s best teacher award last year.

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