National Award to Teachers was instituted in 1958. The purpose of the scheme is to celebrate the unique contribution of some of the finest teachers in the country and to honor those teachers who through their commitment and industry have not only improved the quality of school education but also enriched the lives of their students. From mid-60s, the function is also held on 5th of September (Teacher's Day) every year on account of the birthday of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, former President of India.
The features of the new scheme are as under:
- Online self-nominations from teachers are invited on https://education.gov.in.
- All regular teachers are eligible and no minimum years of service is required. This enables meritorious young teachers to apply.
- The number of awards has been rationalized to 47 (45+2), thereby restoring the prestige of the awards.
- No State, UT or Organization has a quota in the final selection. This encourages them to compete for the awards.
- An independent Jury at the National level makes the final selection.
For more details, click here: http://nationalawardstoteachers.education.gov.in