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Student by day, tutor by night: how 11-year-old Mohammed Hassan Ali is teaching engineering students

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posted on 2nd November 2018
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After hearing how some qualified Indians are doing odd jobs in foreign countries, Ali started teaching students to develop primary and technical communication skills.

At the age of 11, Mohammed Hassan Ali from Hyderabad is teaching engineering students doing their Bachelor’s and Master’s. However, the Class VII student does not do this for profit: he refrains from taking fees for his services, as he is deeply saddened by the state of qualified engineers in foreign countries, some of them having to settle for odd jobs to eke out a living.

Ali during his teaching session. Source: India Today

“I was watching a video on the internet about Indians doing odd jobs in foreign countries even after studying. That is when it struck me to question what is it that our engineers lack. I realised it is primarily technical and communication skills that they are not aware of. Since my area of interest is designing, I started learning and teaching the same.”

For an 11-year-old, one can say Ali efficiently balances two packed lives: that of a school-going young boy and one of a tutor teaching at a coaching institute. Ali aims to teach 1,000 students by the end of 2020.

Source: India Today

Since last year, Ali’s classes, which start promptly at six in the evening, are attended by electrical, mechanical and civil engineering students, reports Financial Express.

At present, Ali teaches designing and drafting to 30 civil, electrical and mechanical students. For him, the internet has been always been the primary source for learning.

The students give glowing testimonials for Ali’s abilities as a teacher. Sushma, a civil engineering student, said,

"I have been coming here [to the institute] for a month-and-a-half to learn civil software. He is younger to all of us here but manages to teach quite well. He is skillful and good at what he teaches and it is also easy to comprehend."

Ali, on his newfound job as a tutor, said, “I have been doing this since last year. I go to school in the morning and I am back home at 3 pm. I play and do my homework. By 6 pm, I go to the coaching institute to teach civil, mechanical and electrical engineers."

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