GANGTOK, March 6: A total of 25 teachers from various government schools across Sikkim were presented the National Teacher Award for Zero Investment Innovation by Union HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ during an event held at IIT Delhi on March 1.

The teachers were honored for improving the quality of education in State run schools through zero investment innovations as part of Zero Investment Innovations for Educational Initiatives (ZIIEI) programme under the nationwide education transformation programme ‘Rupantar’ undertaken by Sri Aurobindo Society.

The teachers from Sikkim were among over 1,000 teachers from 35 States and Union Territories across the country whose zero investment innovative ideas had been selected from amongst over one lakh ideas collected by the Society. Also, two other teachers from Sikkim were presented the Teachers Innovation Awards. The awards have been instituted to recognize the effective grassroot innovations in teaching.

The innovations in education applied by the teachers have been compiled in a State-wise innovation handbook also released by Union HRD minister on the occasion.

The teachers from Sikkim also shared their zero investment innovative teaching ideas during the workshops held as a precursor to the award function.

Addressing the awardees, the HRD minister emphasised on the need to empower the teachers to upgrade the education sector of the country. He said, “I hope from next year we celebrate this day as Innovative Teacher’s Day. He also described the teachers as Chanakya who are capable of creating a Chandragupta in every student.

Union Information and Broadcasting minister Prakash Javadekar, in his address, focused on improving the access and quality of education and applauded the teachers for their praiseworthy efforts in building a stronger and progressive nation. Addressing the teachers, Union Agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar urged the teachers to continue to contribute towards improving the education system through their noble work.

Calling teachers as nation’s pillars NCERT director Hrushikesh Senapaty said that is it a proud moment for the nation, as the teachers are working progressively for creating a innovation based ecosystem. The event witnessed two engaging discussion sessions wherein speakers from education field shared their experiences and need of grassroot innovations.

A team from State Education department comprising additional chief secretary G.P Upadhyaya and director Bhim Thatal also attended the award function. Upadhyaya also addressed a session on ‘importance of micro-innovation in perspective of zero-investment innovations.’ He congratulated the teachers from Sikkim for having achieved the feat.

Pic: The awardee teachers from Sikkim with Union HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank. 

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