Principal of Dr D Y Patil Homeopathic college, Dharmendra Sharma has been made fun of and mocked for not taking a leave for over 16 years in his professional life.
It is strange to hear of people who work without leaves in today’s world that is stressful. But D.B. Sharma, the Principal of D.Y. Patil Homeopathic College has worked for one and a half decade without a leave.
That sure sends out a message to college students who often fail to fulfil the ‘75% attendance’ criteria.
Colleagues and friends often taunted Sharma saying, “What trophy will he get for this achievement?” whereas others taunted saying that he is just wasting his life.
Sharma however has a different opinion to offer.
He said, ” As every aspiring class XII pass out, I too was aiming for an MBBS Degree. But once I got into Homeopathy, I thought whatever you do, be the best in it. So, I decided to ace it. I have never been sick enough to take leaves in the 16-plus years of my professional life. Whenever there are any social commitments, I either attend them after my work hours or on public holidays like Sundays. People who use to get upset earlier are getting use to it. I didn’t think that it will become ‘a thing’. It just happened that I never took a leave. My wife understands that I have to work no matter what. There is enough time on Sundays, other holidays and evening hours for me to pursue other activities. I always tell my staff members and students that leaves are not a right, they are a privilege, never misuse them.”
Sharma after working at the college till 5 pm, visits his private clinic for 6 pm to 9 pm.
The official website of the college says that ‘ Sharma is highly qualified and experienced and is working actively in the academic and administrative field of Homoeopathy at National, State & University level. He has been commissioned as medical inspector by CCH & Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Gov. of India.’
Furthermore, ‘he is the Member of Board of studies, Faculty of Homoeopathy and Board of Research in Homoeopathy MUHS, Nashik.Member of Academic Council Rajiv Gandhi University, Karnataka, Bangalore & Member of Planning & Monitoring Board Dr. D. Y. Patil University, Pune.He has authored a book on Forensic Medicine titled “Medical Ethics for Homoeopathy”.’
The capacity of a human being to function efficiently without a break is debatable but Sharma sure personifies the old adage, ‘Work Is Worship’.