National Awards to Teachers – How to apply for National Awards

About National Awards to Teachers

The purpose of celebration of providing this honor  to Teachers is to celebrate the unique contribution of some of the finest teachers in the country and to honor those teachers who through their commitment and industry have not only improved the quality of school education but also enriched the lives of their students.

Eligibility of Teachers

i) School teachers and Heads of Schools working in recognized primary/middle/high/higher secondary schools under the following categories:

a) Schools run by State Govt./UTs Administration, schools run by local bodies, schools aided by State Govt. and UT Administration.

b) Central Govt. Schools i.e. Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs), Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNVs), Sainik Schools run by Ministry of Defence (MoD), Schools run by Atomic Energy Education Society (AEES) and Eklavya Model Residential Schools (EMRS) run by Ministry of Tribal Affairs.

c) Schools affiliated to Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) (other than those at (a) and (b) above)

d) Schools affiliated to Council for Indian Schools Certificate Examination (CISCE)(Other than those at (a), (b) and (c) above)
ii) 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 in the year to which National Awards relate) may be considered if they fulfill all other conditions.

iii) Educational Administrators, Inspectors of Education, and the staff of training Institutes are not eligible for these awards.

iv) Teacher/Headmaster should not have indulged in tuition.

v) Only regular Teachers and Heads of Schools will be eligible.

vi) Contractual Teachers and Shiksha Mitras will not be eligible.

Selection of Teachers at various levels

i) Teachers will be evaluated based on the evaluation matrix given at Annexure-I. Evaluation matrix contains two types of criteria for evaluation:

Objective criteria:

Under this the teachers will be awarded marks against each of the objective criteria. These criteria are given the weightage of 20 out of 100.

Criteria based on performance:Under this, teachers will be awarded marks on criteria based on performance e.g. initiatives to improve learning outcomes, innovative experiments undertaken, organization of extra and co-curricular activities, use of Teaching Learning Material, social mobility, ensuring experiential learning, unique ways to ensure physical education to students etc. These criteria are given the weight age of 80 out of 100.

Procedure for application and selection for National Awards

i) All the applications would be received through an online web portal.

ii) Ministry of Education would ensure coordination with States/UTs regarding timely entry into the portal and resolution of technical and operational issues during data entry into portal through the portal development agency.

iii) Ministry of Education will bear the entire expenditure for development and maintenance of the portal.

iv) In case of State/UTs, teachers and heads of schools themselves shall apply directly by filling the application form online through the web portal before the prescribed cut-off date.

v) Every applicant shall submit a portfolio, online along with the Entry Form. The portfolio shall include relevant supporting material such as documents, tools, reports of activities, field visits, photographs, audios or videos etc.

vi) Undertaking by the applicant: Each applicant shall give an undertaking that all the information/data submitted is true to the best of his/her knowledge and if anything is found at any later date to be untrue then he/she will be liable to disciplinary action.

District Selection Committee to nominate Nation Award to Teachers

vii) First level scrutiny will be done by District Selection Committee (DSC) headed by the District Education Officer. Members of DSC would be as under:

a) District Education Officer: Chairperson
b) Representative of State/UT Govt.: Member
c) One Reputed academician nominated by District Collector: Member
viii) The major functions to be performed by DSC are as under:

a) Physical verification of the facts/ information provided by the applicant by forming verification teams.

b) Evaluation/ marking of the applicants as per the format at Annexure-I.

c) Certificate by DSC: The DSC shall certify that marks have been awarded after due verification of the facts.

d) After the detailed evaluation of the applications, DSC will shortlist 3 names and forward these to State Selection Committee through online portal along with vigilance clearance certificate of each of the 3 applicants.

e) In addition to the applications received, the DSC in exceptional circumstances, may suo-moto consider name of maximum one person among the outstanding teachers including special educators and differently abled teachers/heads of schools. The evaluation will be done as per the format at Annexure-I.

f) DSC may take into account performance of teachers in various streams of studies viz. science, arts, music, physical education etc.

The State Selection Committee

ix ) The State Selection Committee (SSC) will be headed by Principal Secretary / Secretary of State Education Department. Members of SSC will be as under:

a) Principal Secretary/ Secretary of State Education Department:Chairperson
b) Nominee of Union Govt.: Member
c) Director/Commissioner of Education: Member Secretary
d) Director, SCERT or equivalent if there is no SCERT: Member
x) The major functions to be performed by SSC are as under:

a) Re-verification of the facts/ information/marks of the nominations received from all the DSCs.

b) Evaluate all the nominations and prepare shortlist of the best candidates,subject to the maximum number allotted to the States/UTs as per Annexure-II and forward the same to Independent Jury at National level through online portal.

Organization Selection Committee

xi) The composition of OSC is as under:

a) Chairperson/ Director/ Commissioner/ Head of the Organization:Chairperson
b) One officer from the Organization nominated by the Chairperson
c) Nominee of Union Govt.: Member
d) One reputed academician deputed by the Chairperson: Member
xii) The major functions to be performed by OSC are as under:

a) The Organizations may follow their internal processes for receiving nominations.

b) Evaluate all the nominations and prepare shortlist of the best candidates, subject to the maximum number allotted to the Organizations as per Annexure-II and forward the same to Independent Jury at National level through online portal.

Evaluation Matrix for National Awards to Teachers



Category A: Objective Criteria

S.No Criteria Maximum Marks / Ceiling
1 Work done by teacher to encourage community, parents, alumni etc. to contribute to the school in any way e.g. physical infrastructure, computers, mid day meal, funds, books etc. 3
2 Publication (Research papers/Articles in international/national journals{with ISSN}, Books {with ISBN}, etc.) in the last 5 years 3
3 Annual Performance Appraisal Reports or other performance appraisal tools of last 3 years 3
4 Is the teacher attending school regularly without any complaints? 3
5 Whether the teacher is regularly attending the in-service training he/she is deputed to? 2
6 Work done by teacher to increase enrolment and reduce dropouts. 2
7 Whether the teacher is enrolled for any course under SWAYAM or any other MOOCS platform 2
8 Development of e-contents, textbooks, teacher handbooks for SCERTs, Boards or NCERT 2
Subtotal 20


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Category B: Criteria based on performance (Indicative and illustrative only)


S.No Criteria Maximum Marks
1 Innovative experiments (like use of ICT, joyful learning technique) undertaken by teacher for greater impact of his/her teaching on the students. Development and use of appropriate pedagogic approaches in day to day teaching activities including Teaching Learning Material, Low cost teaching aids etc.(Based on number, scale and impact of innovations/experiments) 30
2 Organization of extra and co-curricular activities (Based on number, scale and impact of experiments) 25
3 a) Mobilization of society for school infrastructure and for spreading social awareness among children.
b) Promotion of nation building and national integration
Subtotal 80
Grand total 100

Total of 154 Nominations will be considered by Ministry of Education from all the States and Union Territories.

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