Students pick Bihari teacher as ‘role model’

[12 Jan, 2006 0225hrs IST TIMES NEWS NETWORK]

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PATNA: A Bihari professor working in University of California has been named an "unsung hero" by the students for his "extraordinary contribution" in academic and personal matters.

M J Warsi, hailing from Darbhanga district of Bihar, has been chosen as a role model by undergraduates of the Berkeley-based university in a survey conducted recently to identify those staff persons who went beyond the call of duty to assist students in academic and personal matters. 

More than 4,000 students submitted nominations, chronicling extraordinary acts of kindness and dedication that had either "rescued" them from failure or personal tragedy or transformed their lives. 

Warsi, an alumni of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), was chosen as one of the 200 most outstanding nominees and a role model to his peers, colleagues and students. 

Warsi, an Indian linguist and researcher, teaches at the South Asian Studies department of University of California, Berkeley, the best institution in the world for linguistic magnificence. 

A gold medalist from AMU and a West Bengal Urdu Academy award holder, he has also authored two books, Diploma in Computer Application and Multilingual Language and Communication (the only book concerning linguistic study on Urdu electronic and print media), helping understand the efficacy of the common contact in languages. 

"My third book, Linguistic Dynamics in South Asia will be released in March this year,"Warsi told TOI telephonically. 

He also worked as a linguist for Centre for Development of Advanced Computing. Warsi has also formulated language rules for various computer programmes for machine translation.

M J WARSI holds a doctorate in Linguistics and teaches at Washington University in St. Louis , USA. He may be reached at