A teacher in almost every house. Inchal village in Savadatti taluk of Belagavi is a teachers’ village, literally. The first choice of every parent here is to get the child into teaching profession.
Tucked 41km from the district centre, Inchal, with a population of 6,000 people, has more than 600 persons who have opted for teaching. They are working in different parts of Karnataka. While many are employed with the state-run or aided schools and colleges, some work with unaided institutions across Karnataka. Also, a considerable number of youths, who have completed their training programme, are awaiting posting.
For people of Inchal, teaching is the noblest profession. One of the biggest teacher-families would be that of Shabbir Mirajannavar, Bailhongal taluk secretary of Karnataka State Primary Teachers’ Association – 13 members of his family are teachers. On an average, families have at least five teachers in the household.
“Most people in Inchal village are into teaching. Agriculture is only their second option,” SL Bhajantri, Savadatti block education officer, said.