President’s award for two government school teachers in Ghaziabad
Two government school teachers from the city will be honoured with the President’s National Award for Excellence in the field of education. The teachers, Sudharani Katiyar and Shadab Qamar, are the headmistress of their school.noida Updated: Sep 02, 2016 01:22 IST
Two government school teachers from the city will be honoured with the President’s National Award for Excellence in the field of education. The teachers, Sudharani Katiyar and Shadab Qamar, are the headmistress of their school. For the award, their names were recommended by the district inspector of schools (DIOS) Raj Singh Yadav and the names were forwarded by the district magistrate.
According to Yadav, due to Qamar’s efforts, her school has the highest number of students among primary government schools in the city. Katiyar, he said, was one of the first one in the state to introduce computer education at Girl’s Government High School in 2002.
“We feel proud that the names recommended by us have been selected for the award. Qamar has been selected in the middle school category and Katiyar in the secondary school category,” said Yadav.
Katiyar, 59, has been the headmistress of Girls’ Government Inter College in Vijay Nagar since 1996. When Katiyar was appointed, the college had Class 9 and 10. But with her constant efforts, the high school was upgraded to inter college level in 2002.
“I sent a proposal to Lucknow in 1997 for upgrading the school and also pursued the request for three years, urging the education minister to present the proposal to the state assembly. Almost all girls who studied at our school used to drop out after completing Class 10 since there was no inter-college in the vicinity. So I wanted that the school is upgraded so that the girls can study here,” said Katiyar, a resident of Vaishali.
Katiyar also got a computer sanctioned for the school in 2002. By 2004, 51 computers were given to the school.
“That year, our school was the first government school in the state to get computer education for girls,” said Katiyar, who started her teaching career in 1981.
Qamar, 50, has been the headmistress of Government Middle School in Sector 5, Vaishali, for 15 years. Qamar said she was appointed to the school when it did not even have a building and children were taught under a tree in a park in the sector.
“When I was appointed, the school had just three children. I went from house to house and shanty to shanty at the nearby slums to bring children to the school,” said Qamar, a resident of Jamia Nagar, Delhi.
Her school now has 308 students enrolled, highest for any government middle school in the city.
“I always encourage students to participate in events where students from private school participate. In the past 15 years, my students have represented the city and state at state and national-level competitions,” said