Union education minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ on Wednesday conferred CBSE Teachers Award 2019-20 to 38 teachers and principals of CBSE-affiliated schools during an online ceremony in New Delhi.

However, not a single teacher or principal from the CBSE-affiliated schools across Northeast India received the award.

Union minister of state for education, Sanjay Dhotre also graced the occasion.

Secretary, department of school education & literacy, Anita Karwal, and CBSE chairman Manoj Ahuja were also present on the occasion.

Several other distinguished guests from the Union education ministry, NVS, KVS, CBSE, principals, teachers, students, parents and families from all over joined online to watch this programne.

The award was presented for the year 2019-20 in honour of the teachers and principals for their valuable contributions towards improving school education, innovation and dedication.

Speaking on the occasion, Pokhriyal said: “Teachers lay the basic foundation of education.”

He said teaching is the most respected profession.

“The purpose of these awards is to celebrate the unique contribution of some of the finest teachers in the country and to honor those teachers, who through their commitment have not only improved the quality of school education but also enriched the lives of their students,” Pokhriyal said.

The Union minister highlighted that in the New Education Policy 2020, teachers have been placed right at the centre of the education system, the Union education ministry said in a statement.

It has been mentioned in the policy that all the schools must have adequate number of teachers and such an environment shall be provided so that work culture in the schools is enhanced.

The Union minister congratulated the teacher awardees for their excellent service, dutifulness and extraordinary contribution in the field of education.

Sanjay Dhotre congratulated the awardee teachers and commended them for their important role as a mentor and for successful discharge of their duties.

He said since every student is different and unique, education should be according to the individual needs and nature of each student so that children become courageous, confident human beings with strong character and may be able to build their bright future.

Each award consists of a merit certificate, a shawl and an amount of Rs 50,000.

Since 2018, CBSE follows an online selection process.

The applicants are evaluated on the basis of general and specific criterion under each category and several parameters related to school education and their contribution.

The 38 awardees are primary and, middle-level teachers, language teachers, Science, Social Science, Physical Education, Mathematics, Economics, IT, Fine Arts teachers, school counsellors, vice-principals and principals.

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