National Award to Teachers Scheme - NAT Scheme, Guidelines and Procedure for Selection

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"National Award to Teachers" Scheme

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National Award for Teachers is the National Award to Teachers awarded by the President of India on September 5th (Teachers Day) every year to give public recognition to meritorious teachers working in Primary, Middle and Secondary Schools in India.

The Selection is made by a State Level Selection Committee/ Central Award Committee presided over by Education Director/ Head of the Organization with  a nominee of the Union Government as member. The names of the teachers as recommended by the Committee are forwarded by the State Government/ Organizations in order of merit. The Government of India makes the final selection on the basis of merit. The Award carries a medal, certificate and Rs.25,000/ as award money.

The Government from the Award Year 2004 has approved that one family member of the awardee teacher would also be treated as State Guests during theirr stay in Delhi for the function and their expenses would be borne by the Department.

NATIONAL AWARD TO TEACHERS


The Scheme of National Award to Teachers was started in the year 1958-59 with the object of raising the prestige of teachers and giving public recognition to the meritorious services of outstanding teachers working in Primary, Middle and Higher Secondary Schools. In 1967-68 the scope of the scheme was enlarged to cover the teachers of Sanskrit Pathshalas, Tolls etc. run on traditional lines. In 1976 the scheme was further enlarged to cover Arabic/Persian teachers of Madrasas.


From the award year 1993, the scheme has further been enlarged to cover teachers from Sainik Schools, Navodaya Vidyalayas and schools run by Atomic Energy Education Society. Earlier CBSE had been allocated a quota of 10 awards – 2 for each zone subject to availability in case of shortfall of recommendation from the entitled States/UTs and organizations. Each award carries with it a certificate of merit, a cash award money of Rs.25,000/- and a Silver Medal. The enhanced amount has been given to the National Awardee from the Award year, 1999.

2. The number of awards has been increased from 302 to 350 from the award year 2000-2001. 4 additional Awards have been allocated to CBSE from the Award year, 2002. From the award year 2006 the total number of award earmarked to KVS have been increased from 6 to 16. The number of awards further increased from the award year 2007. The number of awards at present stands at 374. The break up of which is as under:

(I) 312 Awards: States/UTs, Kendriya Vidyalayas, Navodaya Vidyalayas, Atomic Energy Education Society, Sainik Schools, Sanskrit And Arabic/Persian teachers.

(II) 5 Awards: Teachers of Council for Indian Schools Certificate Examination (CISCE) affiliated schools.

(III) 14 Awards: Teachers of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) affiliated schools. The National Awards belonging to CBSE would comprise of awards to 2 teachers each for Northern, Southern, Eastern, Western and North-Eastern, Delhi Zones and 2 Slots for the teachers of independent affiliated schools situated abroad. The teachers recommended by CBSE should be other than those who have already been covered under the allocated quota for States/UTs/ Organizations.

(IV) 43 Awards: Teachers promoting Integrated Inclusive Education (IE) in Schools. These “Special” awards would be given to teachers who promote the education of children with disabilities in regular schools run by States/UTs and other schools system. Such awards would be given to the following categories of teachers.
  • Teachers with disabilities working in regular schools.
  • Special teachers or trained general teachers who may have done outstanding work for Inclusive Education.

I. Conditions of Eligibility of Teacher for Consideration for the National Award to Teachers:
1. Classroom teachers with atleast 15 years regular teaching experience and Headmasters with 20 years of regular teaching experience and who are actually working as Teachers/headmasters in recognized Primary/ Middle / High/Higher Secondary Schools only shall be considered. teachers who are teaching upto class VIII should be considered in the category of Primary School Teachers and those teaching Class IX to XII in the category of Secondary School Teachers. For teacher promoting integrated inclusuve Education the eligibility will stand reduced from 15 years of classroom teaching experience to 10 years of cervice and from 20 years to 15 years, if they are to be considered for awards in respect of Inclusuve Education.

2. Normally retired teachers are not eligible for the award but those teachers who have served a part of the calendar year( at least for four months i.e., up to 30th April, 2012 in the year to which National Award relates) may be considerd, If they fulfill all other conditions. The service rendered on re-employment after attaining the age of superannuation will not count as eligible service.

3. Teachers whose names were recommended last year or before can be considered again, if they are still otherwise eligible and are recommended by the state Govt/UT.

4. Educational Administrators, Inspectors of Education and the staff of the training colleges for these awards.

5. Only those teachers having requisite years of teaching experience, as mentioned at Sl.No.(1) above, as on 31st December of the preceding year of the Award(2012) will be eligible to be considered for the award.

II. MAIN CONSIDERATIONS THAT SHOULD GUIDE THE SELECTION OF TEACHERS AT VARIOUS LEVELS:
1. Teachers’ reputation in the local community;
2. His/her academic efficiency and desire for its improvement.
3. His/her genuine interest in and love for children; and
4. His/her involvement in the social life of the community.

III. PROCEDURE FOR SELECTION:
1. The initial selection shall be made at the District level by a District
Committee from amongst the names recommended by the District Education Officer, a District Inspector of schools or such other local authorities e.g. Corporation, Panchayat etc. which the State Government may determine in the context of local conditions. No teacher shall be asked or permitted to apply for the award. The names shall be recommended by the District Education Officer etc. on the basis of the Teachers’ record of work.

2. The State Selection Committee shall scrutinize and sift the recommendations of the District Committee and recommend to the State Government two names for each award allotted to the State and one or two names of Sanskrit/Arabic teachers if found suitable. The names of teachers selected by the State Committee shall be arranged in order of merit before they are recommended to the State Government who shall forward the same to the Union Government alongwith character certificate of faultless antecedents and absolute integrity duly signed by the Education Secretary. The recommendations of the State Selection Committee shall not be modified by the State Government to substitute names, or to disturb the order of merit recommended by the State Selection committee. However, if the State Government is of the view that any of the selected teacher is otherwise unfit for the award, it may recommend omission of such names to the Union Government furnishing details for the same.

3. The State/UTs/School systems shall recommend at least the prescribed number of awards under the category “Special Awards”. In case they do not find suitable number of teachers under this category, the award will not be recommended, but in that situation the number of allocated awards for special award shall not be transferred to the general category.

4. The final selection will be made by the Union Government.

DISTRICT COMMITTEE
1. District Inspector of Schools Chairman
2. Head of a Primary Training Institution Member
3. Headmaster of a Secondary School Member

STATE COMMITTEE
1. Director of Education/ Chairman
Director of Public Instructions
2. Principal of Training College Member
3. Nominee of the Union Government Member

GUIDELINES FOR ORGANIZATIONS -PROCEDURE FOR SELECTION:
1. The initial selection shall be made at the Regional level by a Regional Award Committee from amongst the names recommended by the Principals/Inspectors of Schools or such other local authorities e.g. Corporation Panchayat etc., which the organization may determine in the context of local conditions. No teacher shall be asked or permitted to apply for the award. The names shall be recommended on the basis of the Teacher's record of work.

2. The Central Awards Committee shall scrutinize and sift the recommendations of the Regional Award Committee and recommend to the organization two names for each award allotted to the organization and one or two names of Sanskrit/Arabic teachers if found suitable. The names of teachers selected by the Central Award Committee shall be arranged in order of merit before they are recommended to the organization who shall forward the same to the Central Government alongwith character certificate of faultless antecedents and absolute integrity duly signed by the Head of the Organization. The recommendations of the Central Award Committee shall not be modified by the Organization to substitute names, or to change the order of merit recommended by the Central Awards Committee. However, if the organization is of the view that any of the selected teachers is otherwise unfit for the award, it may recommend omission of such names to the Union Government furnishing details of the same.

3. The Organization shall recommend at least the prescribed number of awards under the category “Special Awards”. In case they do not find suitable number of teachers under this category, the award will not be recommended. But in that situation the number of awards for the category “Special Awards” shall not be transferred to the general category.

4. The final selection will be made by the Union Government.

REGIONAL COMMITTEE
1. Regional Head of the Organization or person Chairman Equivalent to Regional Head nominated by Head of Organization
2. Director of a SCERT Member
3. Principal of a Secondary School Member

CENTRAL AWARD COMMITTEE
1. Chairman/Director/Commissioner/ Head of the Organization Chairman
2. Principal of a Teacher’s Training College Member
3. Nominee of the Union Government Member
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