The Punjab government has extended the retirement age of the state-awardee teachers. Besides, the awardees will also be given a cash prize of Rs 25,000 instead of Rs 10,000 from next year.
Announcing this here on Saturday, Punjab education minister Daljit Singh Cheema said the award-winning teachers would be given one-year-extension in service.
The minister also honoured 38 teachers with the state award and 14 other teachers and five education officers with commendation letters at the Chandigarh Group of Colleges at Landran.
Giving teachers a reason to smile, Cheema said: "The prize money will be increased from Rs 10000 to Rs 25000 from next year. Considering the growing number of teachers and providing equal opportunity to all, the number of awards will also be increased in accordance with the cadre."
The teachers winning state award were given Rs 10000, a medal, a shawl and a commendation letter. The 14 other teachers and five education officers were honoured with a shawl and commendation letters. Six national award-winning teachers of the previous year were also honoured on the occasion. A book penned by Dr Kuldeep Singh Banur on previous year's award-winning teachers titled 'uddmi Adhiyapak' was also released.
Cheema also paid homage to former presidents Dr S Radhakrishnan and Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.
NO NOMINATION FROM BARNALA, PATHANKOT
The minister said there was not a single nomination from Barnala and Pathankot. Similarly, only 17 cases were received from the eight other districts. He said at least one case should be sent from every district for the award. The state government received 12-13 nominations each from Ludhiana, Patiala, Rupnagar, Fazilka and Sangrur.