HRD brings self-nomination for National Teacher Awards

HRD brings self-nomination for National Teacher Awards

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School teachers can nominate self for the National Teacher Awards to be presented on September 5 by the President of India on the occasion of Teacher's Day.

Teachers who have served at least four months in the academic session of 2017-18 before their retirement can also nominate themselves for the prestigious awards presented every year by the President under a scheme of the central government to give public recognition for their outstanding contributions.

The Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry has introduced a provision of self-nomination for teachers for the prestigious award.

To allow the teachers submit their nominations online and to bring transparency in the selection of the awardees, the ministry has launched a dedicated web portal. The last date for online nomination of the teachers for the coveted awards is June 30.

“It is a self-nominating award. Teachers and heads of the schools can apply directly for the award by filling up the application form online through the web portal before the prescribed cut-off date,” a ministry official said.

School teachers and heads of the Schools, working in the government or private schools recognized by various boards including Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE), are eligible to apply for the national award to be presented every year on September 5 (Teacher's Day).

“Only regular teachers and heads of the schools are eligible for nomination, provided they do not have indulged in offering private tuitions to students,” the official said.

The selection of the teachers for the prestigious award is set to be very competitive this year, with the HRD ministry setting tougher criteria for the evaluation of the teachers' performance.

Publication of research papers or articles in international or national journals, books in the last 5 years is one of the criteria for which the nominee teachers will get scores.

After the closing of the self-nomination process, the first level scrutiny of all the applications will be done by the District Selection Committee (DSC) under the district education officer.

Upon evaluation of the applications and verification of the supporting documents, each of the district committees will select three nominations and send the list to the State Selection Committee who will re-evaluate all the nominations and send the list of best candidates to “an independent jury” at the national level through the online portal.