Jalandhar: Considering School-Principals & Teachers backbone of the nation and society, as they lay everlasting progressive impressions upon their students’ lives; Lovely Professional University organized its 2nd Edition of ‘Transforming Education Awards-2018’ on 18th May 2019 at Shanti Devi Mittal Auditorium of the university. Director, National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), Dr Hrushikesh Senapaty had been benevolent in bestowing the awards of Rs 22+ Lakh Cash Prizes & ‘Certificates of Excellence’ to selected 60 Schools from across the country. For these awards, 1100+ nominations were received from India’s various government and private schools of 26 States and 3 Union Territories of India. 11 Principals/Teachers from across India are honoured with ‘Winner Awards’ of Rs 85,000 each; 37 with Runner –Up awards of Rs 35,000; and, 12 got Appreciation Awards of Rs 10,000 each.
Addressing the winning teachers as significant contributors to the nation and the society, Dr Hrushikesh Senapaty shared: “I appreciate the unique initiative of LPU for awarding school teachers under special recognition for their contribution.” Interacting with teachers and students, Dr Senapaty shared: “Irrespective of any good or bad infrastructure, only a good teacher can create conducive learning environment in his/her classroom. Instead of preparing and inspiring students to get 100% Marks, teachers should enable students to innovate, create, invent, explore and become autonomous learners. Avoid emphasis on text-books and examinations, instead, enable students to face challenges and become problem solvers. We need good citizens, human beings for the country to compete with and excel other nations. Students must be taught about community development, co-operation, leadership qualities, societal values, working in groups in the interest of the nation”. NCERT Director also invoked teachers to develop competencies of their students and work to bring needed changes in class-room process, examination system and assessment methods and more.
Thanking Dr Senapaty for his generosity in consenting to award the winners, LPU Chancellor Mr Ashok Mittal shared: “We all know through our personal experiences that only a teacher can change the nation and the society. And, this gratitude towards teachers made us took this initiative to honour school teachers countrywide. We also congratulate all the winners, and thank all those students and their parents who spared time to nominate and recognize those bodies which prove special in teaching and student support.”
Mr Mittal also honoured Director Pushkar Raj of Allens Career for bringing illustrious transformation in the realms of competitive studies. On this occasion LPU Pro Chancellor Mrs Rashmi Mittal, Vice Chancellor Dr Ramesh Kanwar, DG Er HR Singla, Executive Deans Dr Sanjay Modi, Dr LR Gupta, Senior Dean Dr Monica Gulati, Dr Rajeev Sobti were also present on the main dais.
Ever remembering its Corporate Social Responsibility, LPU launched “Transforming Education Awards” on 5th September 2017-to commemorate Teachers’ Day. For its first edition, LPU had made an earnest approach to former President of India Dr Pranab Mukherjee, who had been gracious enough to inaugurate the awards’ ceremony organized at his residence in New Delhi.
For 2nd Edition of ‘Awards’, videos for the nominee schools/teachers were shortlisted on the basis of endorsements through voting by more than 7 lakh students, parents and teachers. The shortlisted videos and appraisal forms were evaluated by an eminent Jury of 15 elite members, including Head of Asia, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Dr Purvi Mehta; Leader CSR, Infosys, Suja Warriar; Director-External Relations, Indian School of Business, Kumara Guru DNV; Vice President-CSR, Vedanta, Neelima Khetan; President and COO, SBI Foundation Nixon Joseph; Actress and Media Entrepreneur Deepa Sahi; Director, Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, Dr A. Senthil Kumar.
Illustrative, LPU also organizes an annual event “Explorica” to explore young talents. Here, a large number of novel projects of students of class 10 to 10+2 from different schools are showcased for all to admire and evaluate. This year 15000+ students from 200 schools visited LPU campus and had first-hand experience of the career options available to them.