PM interacts with national award-winning teachers and said these precious and valuable words

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According to a government statement, the teachers were selected under revised guidelines aimed at selecting those who had shown innovation in their work and had added value to the school and to their students.
According to a government statement, the teachers were selected under revised guidelines aimed at selecting those who had shown innovation in their work and had added value to the school and to their students.

Ahead of Teachers’ Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with National Teachers’ Awards awardees today, i.e.September 4.

Further, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu will confer National Awards for 2017 on September 5 in New Delhi.

More about the National Award:

According to a government statement, the teachers were selected under revised guidelines aimed at selecting those who had shown innovation in their work and had added value to the school and to their students.

“The number of awardees was brought down to just 45 as this was necessary to restore the prestige of the awards. Under the earlier scheme, the number of awardees had crossed 300,” the statement said.

Last month, the nominated teachers gave a presentation before an independent jury comprising a senior educationist.

Revised government guidelines:

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has recently revised the guidelines for the selection of teachers for National Awards, 2017.

Under the revised guidelines, all regular teachers will be eligible to apply and they should have at least a minimum 15 years of work experience.

All the teachers got the chance to directly apply and nominate themselves for the award. Self-nominations from teachers were invited online.

How were the best teachers selected?

  • All in all, 6,692 applications were received from teachers from all over the country, as reported by PTI
  • Out of the total applications received, three best teachers were selected from every district and were further scanned by the committee under the state secretary of education who made a short-list
  • A total of 152 nominations were finally received from all states, union territories and organisations
  • Further, the final selection was done by an independent jury.

 

What Prime minister said? 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday interacted with the recipients of National Teachers’ Awards in New Delhi and exhorted them to work towards bringing out the inherent strength of students.

On the eve of Teachers’ Day, the Prime Minister congratulated the awardees for their efforts towards improving the quality of education in the country, an official statement said.

He commended their dedication towards education and for making it their “life mantra”. He said that a teacher remains a teacher throughout his or her life.

During the interaction, Modi urged the awardees to mobilise the community and to make them an integral part of school development. He also exhorted the teachers to work towards bringing out the inherent strength of students, especially those from poor and rural background.

The prime minister said that the educators should work towards removing the disconnect between the teachers and the students, so that teachers are remembered by the students throughout their lives. He also encouraged the teachers to digitally transform their schools and its neighbourhood.

During the interaction with the prime minister, the awardees narrated their stories in transforming their schools into centres of learning and excellence.

They also thanked the prime minister for the new online nomination process and for schemes such as Digital India, which is bringing a big qualitative change in school education throughout the country, the statement said.

This year, the Ministry of Human Resource Development has revised the guidelines for the selection of teachers for National Awards.

The new scheme envisages self-nomination and was inspired by recent innovations in major national awards. The scheme is transparent, fair, and rewards demonstrated excellence and performance, the statement pointed out.

The teachers will be conferred the award for 2017 on Wednesday.

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