The commitment and dedication to teaching profession has won recognition for two educationists of the region.
Gurinderjit Kaur, principal of Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Nehru Garden, and Harmesh Lal, director of physical education at Government Secondary School Samrai-Jandiala, have been chosen for this year's state award that would be given at a function in Patiala on Saturday.
The teachers would be honoured by the education minister during the function being organised to mark Teachers' Day, which was postponed earlier.
Serving as a lecturer since 1991, Gurinderjit Kaur has been chosen for her contribution to increasing the strength of girls in the school.
“When I joined the school as a principal in 2011, the number of girls was 1,400, which rose to 2,200 in the current session,” she said.
She had also worked on the school infrastructure and got seven classrooms constructed, while the eighth one was under construction.
“We have started renovation of six unused rooms which were in a deplorable state. The results of our school have also improved as 80 students out of a total of 550 have achieved above 80% marks in the last year's academic session. Four students of our school have been clinching top board merit positions in Class 12 exams for the past two years,” she said.
However, Harmesh Lal has bagged the award for his contribution to encouraging sports in his area. He had introduced weight-lifting coaching wing in the school, which proved to be a boon for poor students, aging between 8 and 18 years, of adjoining villages of Samrai-Jandiala.
He said the wing had a target to motivate youth to participate in sports and abstain from drugs.
“We have trained many students in tug of war and weight lifting who further participated in Asian games and world championships. We are also running a hockey academy in various schools wherein students are trained,” he said.
About the honour, he said: “The award will boost our morale and we will strive to improve in the future by training more sportspersons,” he added.