10 Most Inspiring Teachers of India & Their Unconventional Stories

Teachers inspire, motivate, enlighten and show the right path to life. Without teachers our life would have been a dark cave, it is from our teachers we learn and know about the world.

A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops. - Henry Adams

Teacher is the one who awakens creativity, knowledge and expression. A teacher is the one who ignites our imagination and is the only person who can instill the love of learning in us.


The curriculum we follow is just a raw material to knowledge. A good teacher is the one who brings in lasting impact by his/her warmth. Teachers are vital elements in everyone's lives, they touch the soul of their students and bring the best in them.

This teachers day, Careerindia takes the opportunity to honour the most unconventional teachers our country has ever seen. They are the wonderful people who have put their lives to shape students lives by guiding them to achieve success in life.

The list here describes great teachers who have surpassed difficult situations, innovated unique teaching methods and have brought more honour to the noble profession of teaching.

Babar Ali - A teacher since he was 9-years-old

Babar Ali - A teacher since he was 9-years-old

Who says one should be old enough to teach? Not to Babar Ali!

This 21-year-old has been teaching all his life. He started teaching at the tender age of 9. I can't even think of what I was doing at the age of 9!

At 15 when most of us struggle with our teenage life, this man became the headmaster of his makeshift school.

His makeshift school teaches about 300 students today and has 6 full-time teachers.

If this is not inspiring and out of the ordinary, what is?

Aditya Kumar - The 'Cycle Guruji'

Aditya Kumar - The 'Cycle Guruji'

Aditya Kumar popularly known as the 'cycle guruji', has taken education to places where schools couldn't reach. This great man rides about 60 to 65 km on his bicycle everyday to teach.

He provides free education to children living in the slums of Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. He has been doing this inspiring duty since 1995.

Being born into a poor family and having no support for formal education, Aditya Kumar says he is one of his students, he can live their situation.

He carries a board on his bicycle, whenever and wherever a student stops him, he sits and teaches, be it on the roadside, park or near the slums.

Inspiring isn't it?

Arvind Gupta - A Teacher who makes learning a fun activity

Arvind Gupta - A Teacher who makes learning a fun activity

How we all wish we could learn science like this?

Arvind Gupta here is such a fun teacher, he actually teaches science concepts in the process of creating toys. He creates these toys from trash, explaining the scientific stuff behind each one of the steps to making these toys.

How awesome is that!

He also uploads videos of his fun teaching techniques on YouTube.

Rajesh Kumar Sharma - Founder of the 'under the bridge school'

Rajesh Kumar Sharma - Founder of the 'under the bridge school'

How many of you crib about a broken chair? You will think again if you read this.

Rajesh Kumar Sharma, this man runs a school under a Delhi Metro Bridge. His students come from the nearby slums.

He calls it 'Under the Bridge School' and his student population is about 200 every day. Building or no, chairs or no, this man believes in sharing knowledge.

He started this exemplary school in 2005. This school also hosts volunteer teachers, some famous personalities, who come from various walks of life.

Abdul Malik - Swims to reach school on time

Abdul Malik - Swims to reach school on time

Coming late to work since you live a tad bit away from workplace? Sounds familiar?

You might want to read about this dedicated man, because you will not find many like him.

Abdul Malik is a primary school teacher in Malappuram district of Kerala; he swims to work every day because it is the shortest route to reach his school.

He ditches his 3 hour long ride on the bus to cover 12 kilometers, instead opts for swimming through the gushing river which is easier and faster but not safer.

He takes his river route for the humble reason to reach his school on time.

Deserves a medal, this man!

Anand Kumar of the Super 30 programme

Anand Kumar of the Super 30 programme

Well known for his Super 30 programme, Anand Kumar of Patna coaches students for the IIT-JEE entrance exams since the last 14 years. By 2014, 308 students out of his 360 have made it to the prestigious IITs.

Roshni Mukherjee

Roshni Mukherjee

Who says teachers have to be in the class for students to learn? Not always, never in the case of this superwoman.

Roshni Mukherjee has an online education platform where she teaches students with the help of videos which she uploads on YouTube.

She says, the feed back she gets from students who have benefited from her videos keeps her motivated to do more.

Professor Sandeep Desai - Begs To Fund Schools

Professor Sandeep Desai - Begs To Fund Schools

This man begs every day to collect funds in order to develop and run schools in rural Rajasthan and Maharashtra.

Professor Sandeep Desai boards local trains in Mumbai every single day asking people to donate for his charitable organisation Shloka. He says, donating for education is the ultimate form of charity.

Vimla Kaul - The 80-year-old wonder woman

Vimla Kaul - The 80-year-old wonder woman

Should I say 80-years-old or 80-years-young?

Vimal Kaul teaches children from a village called Madanpur Khadar in Delhi, since the past 20 years. Because of the lack of teachers in the village, she brought the students to the nearby area of Sarita Vihar.

And since there was no proper building to teach, she used to move from one park to another to conduct classes for them in the city. She finally has a building where she teaches students up till class 2 now.

She says her students are very talented, all that they need to create wonders is proper support and guidance.

Kamlesh Zapadiya - The quiz master

Kamlesh Zapadiya - The quiz master

Kamlesh Zapadiya travels 20km each day from his village to a nearby cybercafé with the aim of making education a lot more interesting for students.

He has developed a website called Edusafar, where he uploads the entire school syllabus from class 1 to 10, in the form of a quiz.

"It is like Kaun Banega Crorepati," he says with a smile on his face.

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