Alka Uniyal

The Epitome of Love and Devotion

She is truly the epitome of love and devotion wrapped within a thick layer of sacrifice. Extremely humble, loving and caring soul, Alka always wears a smile on her face. No wonder she is loved and respected by all her family, friends, students and colleagues.

Born and brought up in a lower middle class family, Alka was the youngest of 6 siblings. She tasted family responsibility at the very tender age of 10 years when suddenly, her father passed away. To help her mother, she started taking care of household chores besides excelling at her academics.

During the pursuit of her graduation, Alka started giving tuitions to earn money for her daily expenditures. With the support of her mother and siblings she could earn the degrees of B.Sc., M.Sc. and B.Ed. and started teaching at a state government run school, Dehradun, as assistant teacher.

Life grew hectic for her after marriage as it became tough to balance family and career. Nevertheless, her husband always encouraged her growth in career and did not let anything deter her from her commitments.

The school where Alka teaches has many students coming from extremely poor families where they can hardly afford school fees, let alone a nice uniform. So, during extreme cold winters, Alka distributes sweaters, shoes and other warm clothes to students who cannot afford these necessities. She has also funded the education of two girl students so that they do not withdraw their names from the school due to paucity of money to pay fees at their respective homes. In 2013, at the age of 51 years, Alka pursued and completed M.A. in Economics to gain promotion and since 2016 she has been teaching both Economics and Biology to classes 11 and 12.

All through this while Alka and her husband have tried hard to make their two daughters’ future secure. This included her husband giving up on opportunities for promotions to raise their two kids. Also, the couple has always let go off unnecessary expenditures throughout their lives to save enough money to fund their children's education. Extremely humble, loving and caring soul, Alka always wears a smile on her face. No wonder she is loved and respected by all her family, friends, students and colleagues.


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