The ministry of human resources has invited entries for national award for teachers using information and communication technology (ICT) tools in delivering quality education in schools.
Rajaram Sharma, joint director, Central Institute of Educational Technology, which runs under NCERT aegis, in a communiqué to the Punjab government, said that 87 national awards have been instituted for different states, union territories, autonomous bodies and organisations under ministry of human resource development (MHRD).
"Out of which, three teachers from Punjab will be conferred upon national award based on their performance," he said, asking the state government to submit a panel of six teachers for selecting the awardees from the state.
He informed that every awardee would get a laptop and commendation certificate as award. "The winners will form a community of resource persons through networking to share their experiences," he added.
Sources said that the teachers were being encouraged to undertake projects aimed at extension of classroom learning of the students to real life situation. The project should involve students in problem solving investigations that culminate in realistic products.
Sharma said: "The award proposes to felicitate those teachers who have enhanced student learning by effectively and innovatively integrating technology supported learning into the school curriculum and subject teaching and thereby promoted enquiry based cooperative-collaborative learning using ICT among their students."
Teachers of primary, secondary, higher secondary schools pertaining to state government schools, schools run by local bodies and government aided, central government schools (Kendriya Vidyalaya, Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas, Central Tibetan Schools, schools run by Ministry of Defence, Atomic Energy Commission, schools affiliated to Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Council for Indian Schools Certificate Examinations (CISCE) were eligible to apply.
He asserted the schools would send detailed entries in the prescribed format along with supporting documents to the directorates of education of their states, UTs concerned.
"A committee under the chairmanship of the education secretary or commissioner of every state will scrutinise all the entries and shortlist the candidates and forward it to the chairman of the committee. The short listed candidates would be required to make presentations before the award committee. The committee would recommend the requisite number of awardees to the ministry with justification for further processing."
He added that each entry from the state must include individual applications as per the performa along with necessary documents. The last date for submitting the applications at Director General School Education (DGSE) office is March 31.