Shillong(Meghalaya),June 14 : There has been an atmosphere of jubilation at Shillong Jail Road Boys’ Higher Secondary School here since the last two days. The reason for this rejoicing is the achievement of the Asst Lecturer (Physics) of the school, Rahul Chatterjee.
Chatterjee has received the “International High School Teacher Programme (HST2019) fellowship for a two-week training programme in July 2019 at CERN, Geneva, Switzerland.
The selection for this has been through an open international competition of physics teachers. The application was processed online and it was an arduous task wherein one had to put up evidence of previous achievements and tasks accomplished in science popularization. The good news soon came through that Chatterjee had been selected from among hundreds of applicants. He was the only one selected for this programme from India! He is to represent his country and work with forty-seven other physics teachers from all over the world.
Chatterjee expressed his happiness at being selected for this programme. For the elated teacher, it was a “dream come true”, as CERN for physics teachers “is the Mecca of Physics”.
Chatterjee is not new to being awarded recognition for his excellent work. Earlier in the year 2009, Chatterjee had been conferred with the “Science Teacher Award” by the National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI) NER Local Chapter. This is a regional award given to a science/maths teacher annually from among eight states north-eastern states. In the year 2012, Rahul Chatterjee had again through open competition received the “International Leaders in Education Programme (ILEP) fellowship to the United States. This had been a five-month long programme where teachers from different countries were given training on best practices in teaching methodologies and use of technology in education.
Chatterjee’s ‘first love’ has always been physics. He is an excellent teacher within the four walls of the classroom and beyond. Rahul regularly gives lectures on science popularization. He is regularly invited to conduct workshops for teachers as he is involved with teacher-training in methodology and content.
Chatterjee’s Science Popularization work includes writing articles in books and magazines and for radio and television as well. Developing teacher training modules, developing e-resources, working with Development and Educational Communications Unit of ISRO to develop Physics lessons are all part of his engagements.
Rahul Chatterjee’s present fellowship programme at CERN is a matter of pride for his students and colleagues, his state of Meghalaya and India as a whole. Rahul is not a person who rests on his laurels. He will surely set his target on his next achievement as soon as his present task is over, workaholic that he is.
As congratulatory messages keep pouring in, Rahul feels “overwhelmed” while his admirers look forward to celebrating his next milestone.