Ashish Shakya gives you the lowdown on some of the engineering coaching industry’s most popular professors. First up…Bharat Acharya.
Bharat Sir. The man is to MU engineering, what Michael Schumacher is to F1. No this doesn’t mean he’s going to retire soon. But with razor-sharp skills, excellent results and a legion of loyal fans, he’s certainly achieved superstardom on the coaching class circuit.
The guys want to be like him, and the girls want to be with him. With his suave demeanour, and dimpled chocolate-boy face, it’s not hard to see why.
A passionate command over subjects (Microprocessors, Microcontrollers, Computer Organization and Architecture), innovative problem solutions and a strong emphasis on conceptual learning – that’s what Bharat Sir’s classes are about.
What’s your educational background and work-experience like?
I completed my B.E from Thadomal Shahani Engg College (TSEC, Bandra) in 2000, and got placed in a company called InfoBahn. I worked there as a web designer for two years.
So how did you get into the teaching profession?
I’d been taking tuitions for school students while I was doing my engineering. At the time, we weren’t very well off financially, so it helped supplement my income. And one day before my campus selection, I saw an ad for a teaching job at Mishra Sir’s classes (Excel Academy). I began teaching there on weekends, while my job at InfoBahn kept me busy throughout the week. So after graduation, I basically worked without a holiday for two years. My first batch consisted of just one student. Later on, Vakil Sir referred me to Mr. Chopra, and that’s when I started teaching at Chopra Academy.
Ever considered teaching in colleges?
No no…there’s too much politics within the college. Plus you’ve gotta do boring work like paper-checking and all…not my thing.
Of course, there’s a difference in the money as well right? What’s the moolah like in the coaching industry?
Yes, there’s good money in coaching… very good money. But the start is usually slow, so one has to be really patient. Good professors command anything between 50-80% of the batch fees.
So would you recommend this as a profession to your students?
If you’re getting into teaching only for the sake of money, it’s not going to work. At the end of the day, it’s the students who have to be satisfied. If you’re not good enough, they WILL demand a refund. And there’s nothing you can do about it.
You’ve gotta know your subject inside out..and mugging up is not even an option. You HAVE to love the job..and be ready for long hours of hardwork. For example, when I was a student, I was crazy about MP. I used to take along a copy of Gaonkar(a ref. book) on my evening walks, and used to sit with it outside, writing program after program. Even now, my house is littered with reference books. I work anywhere between 10-15 hours a day, with weekends being the most hectic.
So what do you do when you’re not working?
I’m a huge F1 and football fan…and I also love clubbing. Polly Esthers, Red Light, Squeeze are some of my favourite nightspots. (And from what I know, Sir can give professional dancers a run for their money!)
Have you checked out the ‘Bharat Sir’s Fan Club’ community on Orkut? The girls there are especially fida over you..
(Smiles) Yeah I’ve seen the community..it’s really flattering…(smiles some more)
Any tips you’d like to give to engineering students?
I’d just like to tell them that from a placement point of view, the 5th and 6th Semesters are most important, so if they work hard during, it’ll help them a great deal.
And after engineering, don’t just follow the herd. If you’re fed up of studies, don’t blindly chase an MS or an MBA. Figure out where your interests actually lie.
What are your plans for the future?
At some point, I’d like to start a counselling center for students who wish to pursue technical studies abroad.
Subjects Taught: MP, MC, COA
Classes Taught At: Sadguru – Vashi and Mulund, Chopra Academy – Bandra
Most Famous Rival: Prof. Venkatesh (and contrary to popular opinion, Bharat Sir was never a student of Prof. Venkatesh)
“SHHHHHHHHHHHHH”(eyes closed, finger on the lips and all)
“Yes or No?”
“Samjha ki Nahin?”
(Gets message during lecture. Announces in class) “Ok people, Schumacher leading on the 37th lap”