Charnjit Singh Atwal, speaker of Punjab Legislative Assembly, has been conferred with Asian Guild's 'Special International Award' for contribution to primary education in his state.
Lord Tarsem King, chairman of the Asian Guild presented the award to Atwal, a former deputy speaker of the Lok Sabha, at the Asian Guild Annual Awards Dinner 2012 at the House of Lords here on Tuesday night.
Receiving the award, Atwal said, "Now there is a dire need for strengthening primary education and target the deprived sections of population. This needs enlightened inputs and continued financial support from our NRI brethren." He said the teacher at every level of education remained the kernel which provided the essential inspiration and determination to society, to get bound, to the idea of 'education of posterity'.
"His stay in the place of his work provides the necessary inspiration for social reform and rejuvenation of primary education," Atwal said.
Noting that the idea has stimulated mind of the NRIs, he said, "I feel greatly honoured that the Asian guild thought of bestowing their prestigious award on me which I accept with all humility. I am sure this will inspire me further to work with greater determination towards the achievement of desired ends."
The citation said that Atwal's project 'Adopt a Primary school Teacher' is now a success story in Punjab and it is now being adopted by other states of India.
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Hadley now has manufacturing plants in the Middle East, Far East and Europe and Licenses throughout the world.
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Yash Chopra was the first Fellow of the Asian Guild.