Not every person wants to spend the retirement in a luxurious way with the pension one receives. Assam’s former top cop Mukesh Sahay‘s story is one that needs to be told. Post his retirement as the state’s DGP, he started his new chapter of life in the form of teaching, something that he has always loved.
Mukesh Sahay teaches mathematics to the Class 12 students of government-run Sonaram Higher Secondary School, which is situated on the Brahmaputra river bank in Guwahati. Sahay got the prime responsibility of teaching maths since calling it quits as Director General of Police (DGP) on April 30 this year.
It was learnt that the school then did not have a maths teacher for the higher secondary classes XI and XII. Last year, the school had cordially invited Mukesh Sahay to attend a programme as the chief guest. During an interactive session, he came to learn that the current batch of ten class 12 students didn’t have a maths teacher.
So, he decided that he would do his maximum best to help the school students. It is quite clear from his words that he loves teaching, something that he is not familiar with. He has taken to teaching just one class a day, the session of which lasts up to 2 hours.
“Last year, the school had invited me to attend a programme as the chief guest. Out of curiosity, I had asked them about the school’s history and they told me that three former students of the school had gone on to become Assam’s chief minister. I also learnt that the school didn’t have a maths teacher. So, I committed that I would try to help them a bit. I am doing it for pleasure,” Sahay told The New Indian Express.
According to the former top cop, it is more important for the students to develop an interest in the subject or else it would be of no use in taking too many classes. He said that he is blissfully happy that the students have taken some interest in the subject ever since he started teaching.
“There is no point taking too many classes unless the students develop an interest in the subject. They will have to first comprehend the intricacies of the subject. Some are doing very well but it will be too early to comment on the outcome. I am happy that they are taking interest in the subject,” Sahay was quoted as saying by The Indian Express. He adds, “I don’t know for how long I will keep sharing the knowledge”.
The Bihar-born Sahay was more into Physics and Maths during his stint as a student. He completed his PG in Physics with Maths and Statistics as two other subjects. In addition to that, he earned a degree in law in the late 1990s when he was with the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
He had a prolific career as the DGP and his track records were well documented with not even a single major incident of violence during his stint.
“I was one of the few officers who had helped set up the CBI training academy in Ghaziabad which is now a centre of excellence. During that period, I underwent training in India as well as abroad to become a police trainer – trainer in police subjects.
So, that is basically educating people. Those things have helped me. What I am doing now is not teaching but helping people understand a subject,” Sahay said.