“Just come out of your shell and communicate” – India
Water. We can’t live without it. It’s a quintessential part of almost every living organism. Dr. Ninad Bodhankar has devoted nearly 25 years studying India’s water supply. He seeks to understand and share the long-term consequences of water use and management. Not only does Ninad study ground water, but he also works with the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai & IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) in Vienna to study peaceful uses of nuclear techniques for the betterment of society. Dr. Bodhankar believes that his own education has enabled him to make the significant impact he has, and he recently shared his thoughts on the importance of education, and why learning about Facebook inspired him.
Why is education important to you?
Education leads you to light, imparts creativity and helps you to contribute to society
so as to make it a better place.
Can you describe the teacher who most influenced you?
Despite his age, his eagerness to answer my queries – whether related to subject or else – was inspirational. At the age of 80, Dr. A. S. Dave is still active. I am thankful to him for introducing me to the field of hydrogeology, and he has enabled me to serve society and earn a respectable livelihood.
Describe the most inspiring day you’ve experienced as an educator.
My daughter, 14 years of age, helped me learn how to use Facebook just six months ago. I have always stated that one learns from one’s students. These moments never fail to inspire me.
What is your proudest professional achievement (briefly describe the work you are most recognized for)?
My proudest professional achievement was being awarded the Indira Gandhi Fellowship for Environmental Conservation and Management in 1998. It is an award instituted by the government of Madhya Pradesh, and I felt that my endeavors were recognized by the State.
How can other educators facing similar challenges implement what you’ve learned?
Just come out of the shell, and communicate. That’s my advice.
What is the best opportunity for innovation in education?
Education should be interactive. More practical aspects can be introduced through field
and project work. These are areas where teachers can innovate.
What advice would you give a new teacher (or to anyone wanting to make a difference in education)?
Be open, you can learn from students, too.
What is your greatest hope for the future of education in your country?
My dream is to build a self-reliant workforce in the service of the nation.
About Ninad Bodhankar
Dr. Ninad Bodhankar is a Geology Professor at Pandit Ravi Shankar Shukla University, Chhatisgarh, India. He is actively engaged in ground water research, exploration & management. He has five international publications and is engaged in research with Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai & IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) Vienna.
Bodhankar was presented the Indira Gandhi Fellowship for Groundwater Conservation & Management (Urbanization & Groundwater Pollution) in 1998 and was part of a Rotary Group Study Exchange program, where he visited Brazil, the UK and France. He also trained in IAEA in Vietnam, Philippines and Thailand and has presented a research paper in Sapporo, Japan. Bodhankar was also a founding member of Disaster Management Cell Chhattisgarh.
Birthplace: Nagpur, India
Current residence: Raipur, Chhattisgarh, India
Education: M. Tech. (Applied Geology), M. Phil., Ph. D.
Websites I check every day: www.msn.com, www.facebook.com, www.rediff.com, www.prsu.ac.in, www.-saksham-ms.in
Person who inspires me most: Mr. Nelson Mandela
Favorite childhood memory: Attending hobby classes during summer holidays
Next travel destination (work or pleasure): Andaman & Nicobar Islands
Favorite book: Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela