He stands first in the Acharya examination for Hindi
Jeetendra Kumar Das, a teacher of the DAV Public School in the city, became a role model for his students as well as all national language lovers from Orissa by becoming the topper in the national Acharya examination for Hindi conducted by the Rashtrabhasha Prachar Samiti (RPS), Wardha.
It was a proud moment for Orissa as he happens to be the first person from the State to clear this examination. Only five candidates from whole of the country were able to pass Acharya examination in Mr. Das's batch. It may be noted that ‘Acharya' is the highest level of examination conducted by the RPS.
The RPS is the premier institution of the country involved in promotion of the national language in non-Hindi speaking areas. It was founded by Mahatma Gandhi in Wardha under the leadership of Dr. Rajendra Prasad. It conducts Hindi examinations all over India for different levels and standards to recognise knowledge of Hindi among enthusiasts of the language throughout the country.
It also publishes books to make learning of the national language easier for people from non-Hindi speaking States.
Mr. Das was felicitated at a ceremony organised by the RPS in Wardha on February 6 for his achievement. Regional office of the RPS in Cuttack also organised special function to felicitate him for the rare honour he had brought for the State. However, according to him it was the happiest moment when principal of his school Deep Gambhir, his colleagues and students congratulated him when he came back from Wardha with his medal, citation and cash prize.
Passion for language
“I teach Hindi in my school, but for me learning Hindi has become a passion due to which I continue to study the language even after taking up teaching profession,” he said. Passion for Hindi has also doubled his love for his mother tongue, Oriya. He says languages and literature would remain his passion throughout his life as learning them is an endless process.
According to him, despite busy schedule of a teacher, who has to start his professional day from 6.30 a.m. it is not hard to squeeze out time for higher studies, if one takes it up as a passion. He has hoped his students will also take hints from him and never stop learning in life.