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Honour for ‘resident Godmother’

Recognition: Chandra Srinivasan has inspired students to study social sciences and economics. Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam   | Photo Credit: B_JOTHI RAMALINGAM

Affection helps you connect with your students, says Chandra Srinivasan, advisor, Academics and Administration, Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan Senior Secondary School, K.K. Nagar.

The thinking that an academician has to be first likeable for her to be able to influence students seems to have helped Chandra Srinivasan imensely in her five-decade-long teaching career.

It has even won her awards: the latest to come her way is the Life Time Achievement Award from the Rotary Club of Menambakkam R. I. District 3230.

More than anybody else, her students must be happy that she has received this honour. She is fondly called ‘resident Godmother’ by her students. Even today, many of them remember her unique style of teaching economics. She has inspired students to study social sciences and economics.

Being affectionate and yet getting her students to study hard and imbibe values is an art she has perfected over the years.

Chandra, a resident of P.T. Rajan Salai, K.K. Nagar, started her career as a teacher at Fatima Matriculation School, Kodambakkam in 1964.

Four years later, she joined the PSBB group and has made sterling contributions to its growth. In her teaching career, she has gathered many accolades and awards. Notable ones include being adjudged the leader in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, and getting the best teacher award from Lions Club of Madras Presidency and the UNICEF award for a fund raising campaign.

Though she retired as the senior vice-principal of the school, she continues to help shape the school as an advisor. She attributes her success to her mother, her mentor and guru Dr. (Mrs) Y.G.Parthasarthy, Dean and Director, Padma Seshadri Group of Schools and her family.

Chandra has travelled widely in India, USA and Australia.


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