STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Teacher of the fortnight, forever young

Published: 26th May 2014 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 25th May 2014 11:26 AM   |  A+A-

A close-cropped, lean figure clad in a sober coloured shirt is a common sight in St Joseph’s College (SJC), Bangalore. Besides this, what makes Cheriyan Alexander a popular professor on campus is a pleasant gentlemanly smile on his face. More than three decades of teaching has done nothing to diminish his enthusiasm, he says. “Teaching is something I will never get bored of.” “Some of the teachers of my time like Father Julian Fernandez managed to make the most ordinary subjects interesting, and this was something that made me want to be like him,” he says.

Prof Alexander, who has been teaching at SJC for 33 years, is the head of department for English. Teachers in his time would use the most extraordinary and creative techniques to lighten up subjects. “This would make us pay attention and inspired me to hold a class spellbound like they did.” As a student of life and literature, he draws from both classical and current sources, to illustrate his teaching.

Known to be a ‘walking encyclopedia’, it is easy for him to lure his students with interesting facts till he gets their undivided attention. Born and raised in Bangalore, he studied in St Joseph’s School and later went on to graduate from SJC in Science. He then pursued a diploma in Medical Microbiology in Vellore after which, in 1982, he completed a Master’s Degree in English at Bangalore University. His areas of interest are American and Eastern European Literature, Literature and Philosophy, Literature and Religion, and Literature and  Science. He is also allowed ample freedom to introduce innovative teaching methods. Maintaining discipline in class was a huge challenge for him as a teacher. But he has always kept an open communication channel with his students. He believes their company has kept him “forever young.”

— renieanthony@gmail.com



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

IPL_2020
flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp