Kumram Bheem Asifabad: Pursuing post-graduation is still considered to be an achievement of sorts for students belonging to remote parts of Kumram Bheem Asifabad district, following the poor access to higher education, transportation facilities, poverty and inevitable family responsibilities.
The youngest son of a small-time farmer from the most interior village pushed limitations by earning a PhD in economics and became a role model to students of this region.
Dr Mohammad Musavvir Ali was one of the awardees of doctor of philosophy (PhD) degree in economics from Osmania University in 2019. How does he stand out when compared to the recipients of the highest degree of education? He is the first one to achieve the doctorate from his native place Gudem village in Chintalamanepalli mandal, one of the backward yet isolated habitations of Kumram Bheem Asifabad district, known for tacky public education and transportation facilities.
Probably, he is the maiden son of a farmer to accomplish PhD programme and the first member of this community from this district. His father, Irshad Ali, who has four children, owns barely a five-acre agriculture land and grows a single crop, either red gram or cotton in a year. He sometimes incurs losses due to low-yield. So, he could not afford to provide quality education to Musavvir.
Faced struggles for education
“I faced many struggles for schooling and completing higher education as well. I managed to study from Class I to V at a government school at Gudem. But I was forced to stay in a relative’s place at Rudrapur village of similar mandal and was reaching an upper primary school by foot for 12 kilometers a day, braving odds such as flooding streams in monsoon and freezing cold weather in winter. I was not shortlisted by government junior college after scoring 70 percent of marks in Class X,” he recalled.
Upon learning that Musavvir was staying idle and was supporting his father in farm activities though he fared well in results of SSC, Sirpur (T) MLA Koneru Konappa helped him in getting admission in a residential junior college of Sirpur (T) mandal centre. He pursued Bachelor of Arts at a government-aided degree college of Kaghaznagar and emerged as the topper of the institution in 2009.
Continued to excel in academics
Since then, the farmer’s son continued to excel in academics. In 2011, he was the only student from Kumram Bheem Asifabad district to secure a seat for pursuing PG (economics) at Osmania University, the most-sought after destination of higher education for many students of this region. He earned a Bachelor of Education before pursuing PhD graduation at the similar varsity from 2013 to 2017.
“I was not disheartened by the challenges. In fact, I was inspired by the difficulties. Students of rural parts are equally talented and determined as much as their counterparts of urban pockets. They don’t need to be discouraged by adverse situations. They can excel in academics if they show perseverance and dedication,” the holder of PhD suggests.
Turns lecturer for meeting expenses
While pursuing post-graduation, the 31-year-old used to work as lecturer of a private degree college. He later chose to teach polity to aspirants of government jobs. He was employed by Shine India, one of the top institutions of Hyderabad. He is presently engaged by several private institutions, voluntary organisations and government departments as a guest faculty and takes classes in different district centres. He offers the service to non-for profit making organisations and government agencies for free.
Conducts online classes for free
Besides, Musavvir currently teaches various topics of Indian constitution to the aspirants of jobs in government sector on online platforms such YouTube and Zoom from April to till date for free. “The profession of teaching has been my passion. I would always like to become a professor and to produce talented students and scholars from Telangana and economically weak communities,” he shares his ambition.
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