Campus Manager Girish Kalla of Seedling School of Law and Governance, Jaipur recently interviewed Prof. Komal Audichya.
1. Hello Ma’am. Tell us something about yourself?
I am Komal Audichya. I am 50 years old. I have done my LL.B and LLM from Panjab University, Chandigarh. Recently I am pursuing Phd. under the guidance of Prof. V.S.Mani. I have also taught in the Rajasthan University for 4 years.
I have also been Principal/Vice-Principal for 8 years in the Shahid Bhagat Singh Law College, Jaipur and now I am working as an Assistant Prof. in Seedling School of Law and Governance, Jaipur National University, Jaipur.
I have been a Faculty Advisor to the Moot Court Committee and could successfully organize the Inaugural and subsequent edition of International Banking And Investment Law Moot Court Competition which is only possible with the help of my students.
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2. Describe your childhood in brief? Your sources of inspiration i.e. your driving forces?
I was an exuberant and spirited child. I was into sports, dramatics, NCCs, debating and above all always stood 1st or second in the class [you can see the certificates for authenticity 😉 ].
I still remember during one of our NCC Republic Day Camp which is conducted at the peak of winters and we have to stay in those tents then we have to wake up at sharp 4 o’clock in the morning and get ready by 5 o’clock to reporting for the preparation. I can say I was a strong girl in my childhood.
3. What made you choose this career line? Any particular people who inspired you to enter the revered teaching profession?
The sources of inspiration, without fail, were my teachers and my mother who loved and nurtured me to become an all-rounder and a good human being. I always wanted to join practice but everyone discouraged me. So I settled in Jaipur after marriage and took up teaching. But once coming in to the teaching profession there was no looking back, and now I am very passionate about my teaching.
Since I had best teachers like Prof. Paras Diwan, Dr. Balram Gupta, Dr. Veer Singh, Justice Jadgdish Kher, Dr. Jaiswal, Dr. Johar, and now Prof. V.S. Mani so I have always been inspired by them to give my best.
4. What was your college life like?
I had a wonderful student life be it in school, college, or university because atmosphere in Chandigarh is very conducive for academics. I did my graduation in Science as earlier if you were good in studies Science stream was the destination set by parents for their children.
But after graduation I became confident, could ARGUE with parents well, so thought law would be the most appropriate one for me. Moreover, I had good oratory skills and had quest to know more about to the legal system of our country.
5. What are your strengths and weaknesses?
Strengths are sincerity and honesty towards my profession. I always keep myself updated and I always enjoy taking a challenge and always try to be fair-minded.
My weaknesses are the emotional involvement with my students but then I consider it as my strength also since I am able to understand the students better. And can show that I care for them.
6. What strategies did you use to be successful in college?
I can say that there are no strategies as such I have made to be successful in college. I just knew one thing that hard work is the key to success.
Even in my teaching profession I believe that when you teach well you always hold your head high and ultimately everyone whether they your colleagues or your students, gives you respect for that only.
7. Describe your teaching style. How do you define good teaching?
I am good at explaining things. I teach through cases and always make the concepts clear as every word has a meaning in law. It is important to always have eye-contact with every student so that they do not feel left-out and the moment I come to know that the student is getting distracted I start asking question to that very student as has happened with you in the class often. –laughs–
I am very patient and students can ask me questions in the class which helps me developing a good humour too. On a serious note the question of students is a challenge to the teacher as the teacher has to be well-prepared before delivering any lecture and helps me dig deeper into the subject. This relation of question and answer also works for the benefit of the student- for he has to be prepared too. –smiles–
8. How do you define good teaching?
My experience says that teachers should set high expectations for the students. A teacher must exude enthusiasm and competence because these feelings get transferred to the students. It is easy to teach brilliant students but its good teaching when you can inspire or reach to the average students [or as these days your generation states as BACK-BENCHERS] who have been written-off as being unteachable.
“A great teacher is one whom a student remembers and cherishes for ever, who can enthuse students towards greatness.”
9. How do you like today’s students?
They are laborious and because of the tough competition they have to work really hard.
They have become tech-savvy. In our time we never had such tough competition but then we did not have access to advanced technology so we used to learn from teachers and learning took place in the class and information was gathered from the books but today’s students learn everything from- the ultimate teacher: the Google BABA. (Cue laughter)
Moreover, students whether they belong to this era or that era, it is always the teachers who shape their character and skill so that they can lead a productive life.
In the words of Dronacharya: it is not the student who selects a guru [or teacher] but it is the guru who selects his students- for students do not have the knowledge of choosing.
10. Do you think students should behave the professors like friends, or is it necessary to maintain a disciplined environment to create a good classroom environment?
In the classroom there should be discipline but outside the class teachers should be the student’s best companion. These days the students leave the protective atmosphere of their home at the tender age of 18 only [likewise what use to happen in the ancient times] so the teachers must become their guide and must protect them morally as well as emotionally by being friends with them.
11. What is the best thing about teaching at SSLG, Jaipur National University?
The best thing about SSLG, JNU is that you are given the space to grow as an academician. This institute believes that good education is possible if quality of teacher is maintained. Otherwise also any teacher can bloom by working under a Director like Prof V.S. Mani.
“Those who educate children well are more to be honoured then they who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well”- Aristotle
12. Ma’am since you pursued the 3 year LLB course, do you like any particular thing about the 5 year law profession?
Hmmm….in 5 years law, students become very good orators and researchers because of Mooting, the most positive point about 5 year law. Since there are other activities also involved, teachers get less time to teach. So sometimes it becomes difficult to teach a subject in length and breadth within that short period of time.
13. To conclude Ma’am is there any message if you want to convey to the students?
I believe that every student can has the potential for success and this success is what drives teachers to continue.