Lachman Chotu has given more than 35 years of his 43 year working life to AKU. He has tremendous supervisory skills, and now leads what has become a very efficient housekeeping team in CIME, with its 52 learning ‘spaces’ and capacity for 670 students, someone of his experience is greatly appreciated. We decided to find out a bit more
Mr Chotu, can you tell us something about your career to date?
When I started my career, I was an office helper in Saudi Arabia. I worked there for 8 years then I had to come back to Pakistan due to family issues. I joined AKU as Housekeeper in 1984, earning 500Rs per month!
What were your first impressions of the Centre?
I heard a lot about the Centre when it was under construction: that AKU will have a high-tech building called CIME and our doctors and nurses would practice on robots. It’s a beautiful centre, but being so big, and with complicated environments it wasn’t surprising that there were early difficulties in providing high standards in housekeeping. So after a few months of opening the center, I was asked to lead the team.
Tell us about changes you’ve initiated at the centre?
I work one-on-one with my team to ensure the centre receives rigorous and thorough cleaning. I guide my team on the significance of our job and motivate them to be conscious of their general physical appearance and behavior. We get many important visitors to CIME so we have to look our best. We are progressing day-by-day, and getting more positive comments than complaints these days.
What do you consider to be your strength?
I like to learn new things. I also learn from my mistakes and encourage my team to do the same.
Thank you, Mr Chotu, your help in the smooth running of CIME is appreciated!