With the objective of recognising individual teachers and teacher educators attempting innovations in Education, National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has instituted awards titled "National Awards for Innovative Practices and Experiments in Education for Schools and Teacher Education Institutions" at the national level.
The scheme has undergone several revisions since its initiation in the early sixties. Till 2004-05, the Scheme was known as "All India Competition on Innovative Practices and Experiments for School Teachers and Teacher Educators". he scheme was reviewed by the NCERT during 2005-07 and reformulated as "All India Competition on Innovative Practices and Experiments in Education for Schools and Teacher Education Institutions". Since 2017-18, the scheme is being titled as "National Awards for Innovative Practices and Experiments in Education for Schools and Teacher Education Institutions."
The main objectives of the scheme are to :
Innovation is typically understood as the introduction of something new and useful, for example, introducing new strategies or modified methods, techniques, practices, products and services.
The definitions of innovation include:
Teachers and teacher educators can undertake innovations or conduct experiments on any aspect of their work related to teaching - learning, training or management of schools /colleges of teacher education in order to enhance efficiency of the institution to over come problems and difficulties they face in day to day functioning. A few suggested examples are given below:
Teachers and teacher educators from recognized schools/teacher education institutions at all stages are eligible to participate in the Scheme:
The award consists of a cash award of Rs. 10,000/- (Rupees ten thousand only) and a certificate.
Number of Awards
Teachers and teacher educators shall submit project proposal in a prescribed format to the Principal, Regional Institute of Education (RIE) of the region concerned latest by 31st July every year.
The project proposal will be evaluated at the first stage at the RIE level by two experts / RIE faculty members independently to determine the merit of the proposal. The project proposal considered to be innovative by the RIE will be forwarded to the Head, Department of Teacher Education, NCERT, New Delhi.
Project proposals forwarded by the RIEs will be evaluated at the central level (Department of Teacher education, NCERT, New Delhi) by two experts independently.
The teachers and teacher educators whose project proposals are selected shall be informed to implement the project and submit the report along with summary before the suggested last date.
Selected schools/institutions will be visited by NCERT faculty for on-the-spot observation and interaction with the Project coordinator/Head of the school/ institution etc.
Project Coordinator and Head of the School/Institute will be invited to present the report in National Seminar. The final selection for giving a cash award will be based on combined assessment rating of project report and its presentation in the National Seminar.
For Further Information Contact:
Department of Teacher Education,
NCERT, Sri Aurobindo Marg,
New Delhi – 110016
Phone No. 011-26567320
For the complete scheme guidelines, click here.
Source : NCERT
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