The eve of Teachers' Day saw the Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Smt. Smriti Irani, felicitating the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Teachers and Mentors for their significant contribution to the field of education. The Board acknowledged the fact that teachers are instrumental in shaping our future generations and nurturing them to hold the reigns of our nation.
While the HRD Minister congratulated all the recipients, she emphasized that teachers lay the foundation of a strong nation by cultivating the right set of values and mindsets in the children.
The CBSE award was conferred upon 33 teachers from across the country and abroad for employing innovative techniques while teaching in classroom. A teacher's academic efficiency and desire for improvement, genuine interest and reputation in the community, love for children, perseverance and commitment towards the field of education, formed some of the parameters which were used to draw up the list of awardees.
Besides, 15 Mentors were awarded for supporting and guiding the teachers by regularly visiting clusters of schools. The Mentor Awards aim to accolade principals who leave no stone unturned to ensure excellence in the field of education.
Mentors are selected on the basis of their training experience, professional guidance, positive role-modeling, collaboration with mentee schools and initiation of innovative practices.
These awards comprise of a Merit certificate, a shawl and a cash prize of Rs 25000/-. A rigorous and transparent process of selection ensures that schools from all CBSE regions are uniformly represented.
In order to maintain the utmost level of transparency in CBSE Awards, for the first time, the names of proposed awardees were made public and opinions were invited on the same.
Also, in a first of its kind, Schools promoting sports were also felicitated to encourage all schools to organize sports events to encourage physical activity among the students and thereby promote a healthy well-being. Inter-school sports and games competitions have been organized by 159 such schools, at various levels. A Certificate, a shawl and a plaque were awarded to these schools.
By honoring the teachers, the Board aims to acknowledge the unparalleled contribution of these custodians of education.