Bhubaneswar: President Ram Nath Kovind conferred National Awards to 44 teachers on the occasion of Teachers’ Day (September 5 – Sunday). The national level awards are given on Teachers’ Day to celebrate the unique contribution of some of the finest teachers in the country.
Two teachers among the 44 awardees are from Odisha. They are: Ashok Kumar Satpathy of District Government School in Bhadrak and Ajit Kumar Sethi, the Acting Head Teacher in Government Upper Primary School in Chhatrapur of Ganjam district.
On the occasion, Kovind said, “The primary responsibility of combining the inherent talents of the students lies with the teachers; a good teacher is a personality-builder, a society-builder, and a nation-builder.”
The President congratulated all the teachers who received the award for their distinguished contributions. He said that such teachers strengthen his belief that the future generation is safe in the hands of our well-qualified teachers. He said that teachers have a very important place in everyone’s life. People remember their teachers life-long. Teachers who nurture their students with affection and devotion always get respect from their students.
The President urged teachers to inspire and enable their students to envision a golden future and acquire aptitude to fulfill their aspirations. He said that it is the duty of teachers to inculcate interest in studies in their students. Sensitive teachers can shape the future of students by their behaviour, conduct and teaching. He said that they should pay special attention to the fact that each student has different abilities, talents, psychology, social background and environment. Therefore, emphasis should be laid on all-round development of each child according to their special needs, interests and abilities.
The President said that for the last one and a half years, the whole world is going through a crisis caused by the Corona pandemic. In this situation, even when all the schools and colleges were closed, teachers did not allow the education of the children to stop. For this, the teachers learned to use digital platforms in a very short time and continued the education process. He noted that some teachers have developed remarkable infrastructure in schools with their hard work and dedication. He appreciated such dedicated teachers and expressed hope that the entire teacher community would keep on changing their teaching method according to the changing circumstances.
Kovind said that the National Education Policy, implemented last year, has set an ambitious objective of establishing India as a global knowledge super-power. We have to provide such education to the students which would be helpful in building a just society based on knowledge. Our education system should be such that students develop commitment to the constitutional values and fundamental duties, strengthen patriotic feeling, and make them aware of their role in the changing global scenario.
The First Citizen noted that the Union Ministry of Education has taken some important steps to enable teachers. The Ministry has started integrated teachers’ training programme called ‘Nishtha’ under which efforts are being made for ‘Online Capacity Building’ for teachers. Apart from this, ‘Pragyata’ i.e. guidelines on digital education which were issued last year, is also a commendable step with a view to maintain the pace of education even during the crisis of Covid pandemic. He commended the entire team of Union Ministry of Education for finding new avenues even in difficult circumstances.
The Union Minister for Education, Dharmendra Pradhan delivered the welcome address while the Minister of State for Education, Annpurna Devi gave the Vote of Thanks. Earlier this morning, the President paid homage to Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, former President of India on his birth anniversary. The President and officials of Rashtrapati Bhavan paid floral tributes to the portrait of Dr Radhakrishnan at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
The full list of the Awardees is below:
MAMATA PALIWAL: Mamata Paliwal is as a mathematics teacher at the Government Girls’ Senior Secondary School in Bhiwani, Haryana.
KAMAL KISHOR SHARMA: Kamal Kishor Sharma is the Principal of the Government Senior Secondary School in the Kandaghat district of Himachal Pradesh.
JAGAT SINGH: Jagat Singh is working as a teacher in the Government Primary High School located in Manela, Fatehgarh Sahib, Punjab.
VIPIN KUMAR: Vipin Kumar is the Deputy Principal at Government Pratibha Vikas Vidyalaya located in Sector-11, Delhi.
DEEPAK JOSHI: Deepak Joshi teaches at Government Senior Secondary School located in Bikaner, Rajasthan.
JAI SINGH: Jai Singh is working as a Senior Physical Teacher in Government Secondary School, Jhunjhunu, Rajgarh, Rajasthan.
VINITA DAYABHAI RATHORE: Vinita Rathore is working as the headmistress of the Vinoba Bhave School located in Rajkot, Gujarat.
ASHOK KUMAR MOHANLAL PARMAR: Ashok Kumar teaches at the Hiten Dholakia School located in Bhuj, Gujarat.
SHAKTI PATEL: Shakti Patel is working as a secondary teacher in Government High School, Mandla, Madhya Pradesh.
HARIDAS SHARMA: Hirdas Sharma is the acting headmaster in a government-run middle school located at Ramgarh, Dehrak in Kaimur district of Bihar.
CHANDANA DUTT: Chandana Dutt has been teaching English for 17 years in a government-run middle school located in Ranti, Madhubani, Bihar.
ASHOK KUMAR SATPATHY: Ashok Kumar teaches children in the District Government School in Bhadrak, Odisha.
AJIT KUMAR SETHI: Ajit Kumar is working as Acting Head Teacher in Government UP school in Chhattrapur, Ganjam.
HARISWAMI DAS: Hariswami Das is working as the headmaster of Sevanagar High School located in Malda, English Bazar, West Bengal.
SANJEEV SHARMA: Sanjeev Sharma is a teacher at Ikhni Primary School in the Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir.
MUHAMMAD ALI: Muhammad Ali teaches at the Government Middle School located in Kargil, Ladakh and is also the headmaster of the school.
TRIPTI MAHOR: Tripti is working as an assistant teacher of social sciences in the Government Girls Inter College located in Rampur in Uttar Pradesh.
MANISH KUMAR: Manish Kumar is a science teacher in Pre-Secondary School located in Shivganj, Auraiya, Uttar Pradesh.
SURUCHI GANDHI: Suruchi Gandhi is the principal of Bal Bharti Public School located in Sector-12 Dwarka, Delhi.
ACHALA VERMA: Achala Verma is a teacher at the Birla Balika Vidyapeeth school located in Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan.
MATHEW K THOMAS: Mathew K Thomas is working as a teacher at the Sainik School in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
PRAMOD KUMAR SHUKLA: Pramod Kumar Shukla is working as a lecturer in Eklavya Model Residential School located in Bastar, Chhattisgarh.
FAISAL SL: Faisal is working as a teacher at K Vidyalaya Pattom located in Ernakulam, Kerala.
DUDA SORA: Duda Sora works as a head teacher at the Government Upper Primary School in , West Siang, Arunachal Pradesh.
SWADESUNO ZAO: Swadesuno Zao is the head teacher at the GMS Dakhma School located in Kohima, Nagaland.
NINGMERO SIMRAI: Ningmero Simrai is working as a teacher at the Ukhrul Higher Secondary School located in Ukhrul, Manipur.
PREMDAS CHHETRI: Premdas Chhetri is working as a physics teacher at the Tashi Namgyal Higher Secondary School in Gangtok.
MINGMA SHERPA: Mingma Sherpa is working as head teacher at the Loom Primary School located in Lower Jangu, North Sikkim.
JACINTA VANLALENGZAMI: Jacinta is working as head teacher at the A&M Grandchild School located in the Sirchhip area of Mizoram.
SIBSANKAR PAL: Sibsankar Pal is working as the head teacher at Pandabapir High School located in West Tripura.
KANGKAN KISHOR DUTT: Kangkan Kishor Dutt is a teacher at the Bamunpukhuri High School located in East Jorhat, Assam.
BINADA SWARGIARY: Binada is working as a teacher at the Higher Secondary School located in Bexa, Assam.
MANOJ KUMAR SINGH: Manoj Kumar Singh is a teacher at the Hindustan Mitramandal Middle School in East Jamshedpur, Jharkhand.
PRASAD MANAPPARAMBIL BHASKARAN: Prasad Bhaskaran is working as head teacher at the GLPS Varavoor School in Thrissur, Kerala.
KONATHALA FANI BHUSHAN SRIDHAR: Konathala Fani is a teacher at the Zilla Parishad High School in the Lingarjupalam, Andhra Pradesh.
S MUNI REDDY: S Muni Reddy is a teacher at the ZP High School located in Chittor, Andhra Pradesh.
RANGAIAH KEDARLA: Ragaiah Kedarla teaches at the MPPS Sawarkheda Kerameri School located in Kumuram Asifabad, Telangana.
RAMSWAMY PAYYAVULA: Ramswamy Payyavula works as head teacher in ZP High School, Siddipet, Telangana.
NAGARAJA CM: Nagaraja CM is a high school teacher at a government school in Bangalore.
ASHA DEVI K: Asha Devi is working as a head teacher at the Panchayat Union Middle School, Manikandam Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu.
LALITA D: Lalita D is working as a headmistress at Government Girls’ Higher Secondary School, Erode, Tamil Nadu.
KHURSHID QUTUBUDDIN SHEIKH: Khurshid Qutubuddin Sheikh is a teacher at the ZP Upper Primary School, Gadchiroli, Maharashtra.
UMESH RAGHUNATH KOS: Umesh Raghunath is a teacher at ZPPS Jagdambanagar School located in Osmanabad, Maharashtra.
JAISUNDAR V: Jayasundar is working as a teacher at the Government Middle School located in the BRC-2, Puducherry.