It is a state function in Bhopal where the Minister of higher education, Government of Madhya Pradesh is conferring Laxman Singh Gaur awards to outstanding students, teachers and Principals. Professor Uttam Chand Jain is called upon to receive the award of Rs one lakh for the exceptional services rendered by him as the Principal of Maharani Laxmi Bai Autonomous PG College for girls, Bhopal during the year 2010-2011.

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  Dr U.C. Jain 

The distinguished gathering of educationists claps to give him a standing ovation. It is not his being selected for the award, but his announcement thereafter that has made him larger than life. Dr U.C. Jain was quick to announce that he will not keep a single paisa of this amount for himself. In a generous move he decided to donate Rs fifty one thousand to Govt. MLB Girls College Bhopal. This money would be kept as corpus money and the yearly interest accrued would be given as prize to the toppers of B.A, B.Com, and B.Sc in rotation. After deduction of 30% income tax at source, Dr Jain decided to give away the remainder to four of his maid servants for the education of their children.

What a saintly gesture. In these days, when people are exploiting every available opportunity to fill their pockets, I wonder how angels like Dr. Jain appear on this earth! A soft spoken and cheerful person, he is man of few words. True to his name “Uttam” he turned out to be the best.

He had a very harrowing childhood, having lost his mother at the tender age of just one year, and his father, when he was ten years old. It is said those who don’t have anyone, have God on their side. It was his paternal aunt who played the role of God and brought him up like her own son. He took a lot of interest in studies and has always been a topper.

Having done M.Com and PhD from Sagar University,Dr. Jain applied for the post of a Lecturer. He got the appointment letter within a week. He joined at Govt College Bilaspur. During his illustrious career spanning over four decades, Dr. Jain has held many prestigious appointments, including 22 years as a Principal, and is presently the Additional Director in the Department of Higher Education. He is responsible for the coordination, supervision and inspection of as many as sixty six colleges of Bhopal and Hoshangabad region.

Dr. Jain feels he has got a lot from others. In fact he is reaping the fruits of helping others, at every possible opportunity. He wants to pay back to society always and in every way .With the blessings of God, his sons, daughters-in-law, daughter and son-in-law are all well settled. He said “instead of leaving fixed deposits for them, he would prefer to help the needy ones” What a noble thought, put into action.

When asked to give a message to the people he said “do your duty with full dedication and honesty”. He spells out his secret of success “hard work” and “there is no short cut to success” he adds. Two years to go for his retirement, he plans to continue his mission of helping people and making this world a better place. No one can feel the joy of giving ,better than him.

(The above success story is based on the interview of Prof. U C Jain by Maj Pradeep Khare)

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