At a function organized by NUEPA (National University of Educational Planning and Administration), the Central HRD minister, Smriti Irani conferred the awards to the education officers from different districts and block for their innovative contribution in the education administration. The minister, in her speech, highlighted the significance of innovative methods and their role in shaping the minds of young children.
He showed her support for 'EDU-SAT ICT enabled technology' in schools. She remarked that through 'Igniting Minds', a recently launched program in Kendriya Vidyalayas, the students would be able to connect with a number of renowned national and international scientists.
She spoke highly of the award winners and called them the 'soldiers of education'. He also gave a suggestion according to which, these officers can make a report about the history of their local place so that it can be shared across the country for others to learn. Remembering Abraham Lincoln, she said that the philosophy of the next government would be decided by the philosophy by which the schools are run. She also called for including the view of every stakeholder in order to enhance the quality of education in the country.
The event also saw Prof Govinda, Vice Chancellor of NUEPA, take the centre stage and talk about the parameters on the basis of which these awards were decided. Some of the parameters included use of IT, performance of the schools, participation of the community, governance at the local levels and more.
A total of 70 innovations were nominated out of which 31 from 10 different states were finalized for the award.
The function saw the participation of a number of officials from the HRD ministry and members of NUEPA.