National Teachers’ Awards: President Ram Nath Kovind on September 5, 2021, conferred the National Teachers’ Awards upon 44 teachers from across the country for their contribution to developing innovative methods of teaching.
- The national-level awards are given on Teachers’ Day to celebrate the unique contribution of some of the finest teachers in the country and to honour those who, through their commitment, have not only improved the quality of school education but also enriched the lives of their students.
- This year, the online self-nomination process was followed by a three-tier selection process at district, state, and national levels.
- A documentary film on each of the 44 awardee teachers was also shown during the virtual award ceremony.
- The National Education Policy (NEP), which was implemented in 2020, has set an ambitious objective of establishing India as a global knowledge superpower.
Note: The Education Ministry has started an integrated teachers’ training programme called ‘Nishtha’ under which efforts are being made for ‘Online Capacity Building’ for teachers.
Awardees for 2021:
- Two teachers from Delhi’s Bal Bharati Public School, Dwarka and Rajasthan’s Birla Balika Vidyapeeth, Jhunjhunu received awards from amongst those working in CBSE schools.
- There were two awardees each from Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, UP, Maharashtra, Assam, Sikkim, Odisha, Bihar, Gujarat, and Rajasthan.
- A teacher from Karpawand, Bastar is also among the awardees.
About the award:
- The National Awards to Teachers were first instituted in 1958 to recognize the excellence and commitment of teachers in shaping the minds as well as the future of the youth.
- From the mid-60s onwards, September 5 came to be the fixed date for the function on account of the birthday of Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, former president of India and an eminent educationist.
- The awards accord public recognition to meritorious teachers working in elementary and secondary schools.
About Teachers Day:
- Every year on September 5, India celebrates National Teachers’ Day to mark the birth anniversary of India’s first Vice President and second President, Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.
- He was a renowned philosopher, scholar, teacher and politician. His contribution to shaping India’s education is immense.
- It is a day to honour, recognize and celebrate the teachers in our lives and express our gratitude for their guidance and influence.