बीरबल झा (BIRBAL JHA)
मिथिलांचल के मधुबनी ज़िले के सिजौल नामक एक छोटे से गांव से अपना सफर शुरू करने वाले बीरबल झा ने अंग्रेजी न जानने की अपनी कमजोरी और उसके कारण मिली उपेक्षा को ही अपना हथियार बना लिया और वर्ष १९९३ में पटना में ‘ब्रिटिश लिंग्वा’ नामक संस्था की नींव रखी. आज यह संस्था समूचे बिहार ही नहीं बल्कि कुछ अन्य प्रदेशों सहित दिल्ली में भी लोगों को अंग्रेजी सीखाने के कार्य में लगी हुई है! बिहारी युवाओं को अंग्रेजी सिखाकर उन्हें बेहतर कैरियर व सम्मान दिलाने की मुहिम में लगे डॉ. झा के जीवन का मक़सद अब अंग्रेजी भाषा का प्रचार-प्रसार करना ही रह गया है.
अंग्रेजी शिक्षा के क्षेत्र में डॉ. बीरबल झा के इस महती योगदान के लिए उन्हें देश-विदेश से कई सम्मान मिले हैं जिससे उनकी एक अंतर्राष्ट्रीय पहचान भी बनी है! ‘लिंग्वा बुलेटिन’ नामक अंग्रेजी पत्रिका के संपादक व लगभग 20 पुस्तकों के लेखक डॉ. झा ने अपनी मुहिम को और आगे बढ़ाते हुए अब ‘बिहार अंग्रेजी आंदोलन’ के जरिए अंग्रेजी को गांव-गांव और घर-घर तक पहुँचाने का कार्यक्रम शुरू किया है
Dr Birbal Jha was born in a remote village of Madhubani district of Bihar, namely Sijaul which is around 23 km away from the small town. He was born to Sri Dayanand Jha and Smt. Jaipura Devi. His father left for heavenly abode when the child Birbal was only one and a half years old.
He lived his early life in the village till he reached the age of sixteen. He led a somewhat miserable life. Just writing his board exam he moved to Patna, in search of a job and to pursue his higher studies.
The self dependent Jha earned a degree of PHD, holds two masters from Patna University known as the Oxford University of Bihar. He found himself drawn towards Journalism and Mass Communication as he had a natural flare for writing.
He started his career as a teacher of English and did a lot of research on the teaching of English skill for the people of India. His research on the subject is not only his assets but is also of the state and nation. His expertise on the subject drew the attention of national and international media like the New York Times.
He founded British Lingua, an English language training institution in 1993. This has grown to around 20 centres all over India and is known for its effective teaching methods throughout India. Since it’s beginning, hundreds of thousands of students have gained fluency in English using British Lingua.
Dr Birbal Jha has authored over two dozen books on English and general interests, the best selling of these being Spoken English Kit in which he explains spoken English in a very scientific way, using formula’s he developed himself to explain clearly and simply how English is spoken and sentences are structured.
Recognising the expertise and scholarship of Dr Birbal Jha, the Government of Bihar entrusted him the assignment of implementing English teacher training project which he successfully completed, setting a benchmark in the field of English education in Bihar. This gained him critical applause from the Government as well as from many media sources.
He has won over the hearts and minds of millions of people of Bihar, particularly the youth in the state where he has become somewhat of an icon.
1. National Education Excellence Award 2010 by Economic Development Forum
2. Service Excellence Award by the Govt of India Undertaking
3. Service Excellence Award by the Government of Delhi
4. Service Excellence Award by Govt of Bihar
5. Best Language Training Institute Award by Times Research
6. Service Excellence Award by Amrapali Foundation
7. English Language Awareness Award by Saindhav Foundation
8. Kriti Purush Award by Vidyapati Smarak Manch, Kolkata