President Ram Nath Kovind presented the 2020 National Teachers ‘Awards to 47 teachers from around the country in the first virtual award ceremony held on Saturday to mark Teachers’ Day.
Mainpuri Elementary School principal Mohammed Ishrat Ali smiled broadly when his list of achievements was read to President Kovind and HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank in New Delhi on Saturday.
Ali and two other teachers from Uttar Pradesh Primary School – Soharamau Primary School (Nawabganj, Unnao), Snehil Pandey, and the director of SD Inter College Meerapur (Muzaffarnagar), Vikas Kumar, were among the 47 who were congratulated for their contributions.
Ali has promoted gender equality in many ways, including starting a girls’ soccer team. “I was thrilled when a short video clip of best practices was played in our school. It was encouraging to see President Ram Nath Kovind and HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank watch the video, ”he said.
“Receiving the award is like a dream come true. I am glad that my hard work was recognized by the Indian government, ”said Ali.
Ali breathed new life into the school with the help of some teachers. He has introduced the latest educational technologies such as using ICT to create a virtual teacher with recorded video, collaborative learning methods and the use of unique teaching / learning aids.
Snehil Pandey said: “I am delighted with the award. All credit is due to my students, guardians, colleagues and my family. During the embargo, I made sure that the regular classes at my school continued. “
Pandey has redesigned their school with innovative and fun learning activities, with an emphasis on gender equality, the use of ICT to support learning and regular reading practices in early class.
“I’ve created a happy learning environment to make education even more enjoyable. I use tablets, laptops and projectors to make classroom lessons more interactive, ”she said.
Vikas Kumar has done inspiring work on infrastructure upgrade at his facility, teaching science through innovative methodologies, and creating useful science instructional videos to aid student learning.
He has used ICT to expand the reach of instructional videos in physics and other science-based e-content. He has specifically improved enrollments, especially for girls at his school. He has kept students updated on current events and encouraged learning through ecological projects such as eco pits, eco trash cans, solar caps and ICT tools available on the internet.
The national independent jury reviewed the list of 153 teachers shortlisted by all 36 state and UT selection boards and seven organizational selection boards through videoconferencing. The jury examined the applications and presentations of all shortlisted teachers and, after careful consideration, recommended the names of the 47 candidates for the National Awards.