Khupi forms a part of the village Bhumiyadhar in Nainital. The place has a very special meaning in my life as it was last year that I had a fall from my scooter in this village and had suffered an elbow fracture that changed many things in my life. It is a sad short story but today the same Khupi is a matter of extreme joy for me. It all started when the Government Intermediate College of Bhumiyadhar called two teachers of Government Primary School, Khupi, to honour them in an unofficial function.
GIC Bhumiyadhar is in itself a small college with around 150 students, but the reason for honouring the two Khupi teachers was that the college found that among the students who took admission in the sixth standard from nearby Government Primary Schools, the Khupi students were a cut above the rest. It definitely aroused my interest to visit this special school and see things for myself. The visit turned out to be an eye-opener as to what miracles two dedicated teachers can produce.
Government Primary School, Khupi, can put many private or public schools to shame. Mrs Meena Bora, the Head Teacher, is a double post-graduate with specialisations in Political Science and Economics with a certificate in Licentiating Teacher (LT), while the Assistant Teacher, Mrs Rashmi Rawat, is a science graduate with a Master’s degree in Economics and holds a Basic Teaching Certificate. Mrs Bora joined the school in 2006 and took over as the Head Teacher in 2010 and in the same year was joined by her present companion in education. With just ten students (4 boys and 6 girls) in the five classes from the first to the fifth standards, it may be difficult to find a smaller school but the school’s final product has to be seen to be believed.
Gp Capt Achchyut Kumar has been associated with The Teenager Today for more than 50 years; initially as a reader and later as a contributor on varied topics. Having worked in the Indian Air Force and in India’s oldest company, Forbes & Company Limited, he is now practising as a lawyer in Nainital High Court.