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National Awards to Teachers

This topic provides information about National Awards to Teachers instituted by the Ministry of Human Resource Development.

The National Award to Teachers are given away by the President of India on 5th September (Teacher's Day) every year to give public recognition to meritorious teachers working in primary, middle and secondary schools. The award was instituted in 1958.

About the awards

Altogether there are 378 awards out of which 20 awards are reserved for Sanskrit (15), Persian and Arabic teachers (5).

From the award year 2001, ‘Special Awards’ have been instituted for teachers promoting inclusive education in schools and the education of children with disabilities in regular schools. The total number of ‘Special Awards’ are 43.

The award carries a Silver Medal, Certificate and Rs.50,000/- as award money.


  • The following categories of teachers are eligible for award.
    • Recoginsed primary and secondary school teachers of States / UTs / Organisation.
    • Sanskrit teachers of Sanskrit Pathshalas and Tolls run on traditional lines.
    • Persian / Arabic teachers of Madrasas run on traditional lines.
    • Teachers of the schools affiliated to Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) including teachers of independent affiliated schools situated abroad.
    • Teachers of the schools affiliated to Council for Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE).
    • Teachers of the schools affiliated to Central Tibetan School Administration (CTSA).
    • Teachers who promote the education of children with disability in regular schools by States / UTs / Organisations and other school system.
  • 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 classes IX - XII, in the category of Secondary School Teachers. For teachers promoting Integrated Inclusive Education the eligibility will stand reduced from 15 years of classroom teaching experience to 10 years of service and from 20 years for Headmasters to 15 years if they are to be considered for awards in respect of Inclusive Education.
  • 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. upto 30th April in the year to which National Award relates) may be considered if they fulfill all other conditions. The service rendered on re - employment after attaining the age of superannuation will not count as eligible service.
  • 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 Government/ Union Territories.
  • Educational Administrators, Inspectors of Education, and the staff of training colleges are not eligible for these awards.

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 along with 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 se lected 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.

For the complete guidelines of the award, click here.

List of award winners

To get the year-wise and category-wise list of awardees, click here.

Source : MHRD.

Prathmesh Pandey Jan 22, 2018 01:56 PM

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i an interested for awards. so i need some guidance on how i can suggest my name

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