Tuesday, 16 July 2019

National Awards for Innovative Practices and Experiments in Education for Schools and Teacher Education Institutions

National  Awards for Innovative  Practices and  Experiments  in Education  for  Schools  and  Teacher Education  Institutions

In  the  early  sixties,  the  then  Department  of  Extension  Programme  for  Secondary  Education launched  a  Scheme  entitled  “Seminar  Readings  Programme  for  Teachers  and  Heads  of Secondary  Schools.”  The  scheme  provided  an  opportunity  to  teachers  to  write  detailed  papers in  English  or  in  any  other  modern  Indian  language  on  teaching  procedures  or  techniques, which  they  found  most  effective.  The  papers  were  submitted  to  the  Extension  Service Department  of  the  NCERT.  From  time  to  time,  changes  were  made  in  the  Scheme  and  its scope  was widened with  regard  to its nomenclature, nature  of  participation,  eligibility  criteria, specification  of  themes,  procedure  of  submission  of  papers,  short  listing  of  papers,  number  of awards,  eligibility  for  cash prize, amount  of cash prize  etc. 

   Till  2004-05,  the  Scheme  was  known  as  “All  India  Competition  on  Innovative Practices  and  Experiments  for  School  Teachers  and  Teacher  Educators”.  There  was  a provision  of  100  cash  prizes  of  Rs.  2,000/-  each  (70  for  school  teachers:  50  for  elementary level  and  20  at  secondary  level,  and  30  for  teacher  educators:  20  for  elementary  teacher educators  and 10 for  secondary  teacher  educators). 

   The  scheme  was  reviewed  by  the  NCERT  during  2005-07  with  the  help  of  faculty members  of  RIEs  and  some  external  experts  in  the  area  of  school  education  and  teacher education.   The  review  led  to  the  reformulation  of  the  Scheme  as  „All  India  Competition  on Innovative  Practices  and  Experiments  in  Education  for  Schools  and  Teacher  Education Institutions.

   ‟ After  the  implementation  of  the  Scheme  for  about  ten  years,  it  has  been  felt  that individual  teachers  and  teacher  educators  attempting  innovations  need  to  be  accorded recognition  by  giving  them  awards  at  the  national  level.  Therefore,  the  scheme  has  been rechristened  as  ‘National  Awards for  Innovative  Practices  and  Experiments  in  Education for  Schools  and  Teacher  Education  Institutions’  from 2017-18 onwards.

The  main objectives of the  scheme  are  to:

〽  sensitise    teachers  and  teacher  educators  about  the  potential  of  innovative  practices and experiments for  improvement of  teaching-learning;

〽  encourage  teachers  and  teacher  educators  to  try  out  innovative  ideas  and  practices  for improvement of  different  areas of school  education and teacher education; 

〽  encourage  teachers  and  teacher  educators  to  identify  problems  they  face  in  their teaching  learning  process  and adopt a realistic  approach to find  their  solutions;

〽  create  an  environment  in  schools  and  teacher  education  institutions  to  ensure  sustainability  of innovation; and

〽  provide  a  forum  to  teachers  and  teacher  educators  to  share  their  innovative  ideas  with all  the  stakeholders.

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:

〽  Process of making  improvements by  introducing  something  new;   Process of   implementing  new ideas for  improvement of  teaching  learning  process;

〽  An idea,  strategy,  method or device;

〽  Changes  that  create  a  new  dimension  of  performance  in  any  aspect  of  teaching learning; and

〽  A creative  idea  that is  realized through the use  of  alternative  strategies or techniques.

〽  Capabilities  of  realising  a  desired  change  continuously  in  order  to  sustain  it  over  a period of  time.

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  overcome  problems and  difficulties  they  face  in  day  to  day  functioning.  A  few  suggested  examples  are  given below:

〽  Devise a  new approach/instructional strategy  in any  subject  area;

〽  Prepare  and use  innovative  teaching-learning  materials including  ICT;

〽  Identification  and  mobilization  /use  of  resources  drawn  from  the  local  community/ environment for  improvement of  teaching-learning;

〽  Develop local specific  curricular  materials  for  teaching-learning;

〽  Develop  innovative  strategies  for  classroom  management  leading  to  an  improvement in the  organizational climate or  better use  of available  resources in the  class  or  school;

〽  Management of  inter-personal relationships;

〽  Assessment of  learning  outcomes  of  students;

〽  Evolve strategies for inculcation  of  Peace  and other human values;

〽  Devise strategies  for  educating  differently  abled children;

〽  Study learning  styles of  children/student-teachers/  teacher educators; and

〽  Sensitizing  and empowering  disadvantaged  groups.

Teachers and  teacher educators from recognized schools/teacher education institutions at all stages  are  eligible  to participate in the  Scheme:

〽  Any  teacher  of  Pre-school  (pre-primary),  Elementary  (primary  and  upper  primary), secondary  and  senior  secondary  school  recognised  by  State  Board/CBSE  or  any other  recognised Board;  and

〽  Teacher of  any  recognised Special Education School.

〽  Teacher  educators  of  Teacher  Education  Institutions  at  Pre-primary/Primary/  Upper primary/Secondary  level  offering  Teacher Education Programmes;

〽  Teacher  educators  of  Colleges  of  Education  including  CTEs,  IASEs  and  University Departments  of  Education  offering  B.Ed./M.Ed.,  B.El.Ed.,  B.A.B.Ed.  and  B.Sc.Ed. programmes; and

〽  Faculty  members  of  State  Councils  of  Educational  Research  and  Training (SCERTs)  and  State  Institutes  of  Education  (SIEs)  offering  teacher  education programmes.       

Teachers and teacher educators shall submit project proposal in given format to the Principal, Regional Institute of Education (RIE) of the region concerned (Annexure-1) latest by 31st July every year. The project proposal should be submitted in the following format:

Project proposals received for  the  Scheme  will be evaluated  at two levels:

〽  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;  and

〽  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.

Teachers  and  teacher  educators,  whose  project  proposals  have  been  approved,  will  implement their  proposal.  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. 

i.  A teacher or  a  teacher  educator  can undertake  only  one  project during  a  particular  year.

ii. The  innovation should be  based on the original  work  of  individual.

iii. The  Project Report should be  of approximately  5,000 words excluding  appendices. 

iv.  The  Project Report along with its summary  in  about 500 words needs to be  submitted.

v.  The  Project  Report  may  be  written  in  English/Hindi  or  any  other  regional  language. However,  the  profile  of  the  institution  must  be  attached  as  given  in  English  or  Hindi even if the  paper is written in a regional language. 

vi.  In  case  the  report  is  written  in  regional  language,  the  title  should  also  be  given  in English/Hindi.

vii.  The  award  will  be  given  to  the  Teacher/Teacher  educator  (Project  Coordinator).  The project  coordinator  and  Head  of  the  school/institution  would  be  invited  to  present  the report in the  National Seminar.

viii.  The  NCERT  reserves  the  right  to  use  the  selected  Project  reports  in  any  manner  it deems fit.

ix.  In  all  matters  pertaining  to  the  scheme,  the  decision  of  the  NCERT  shall  be  final  and binding  on the participating  individual.

x.  Teachers  and  teacher  educators  getting  the  cash  award  during  a  particular  year  shall  not be  entitled  to  receive  the  same  again  in  the  next  three  years.    However,  they  may participate  in  the  scheme  and  if  the  project  is  selected  for  award  they  would  receive  the certificate only.

The  project report needs  to be included: 

In  this  section,  teachers/teacher  educators  may  briefly  describe  the  background  of  the project, specifying  the  rationale  for  undertaking  it. 

Teachers/Teacher  educators  may  describe  the  preparatory  activities  undertaken  for  the execution  of  the  project.    Obviously,  the  preparatory  work  shall  include  mobilisation  of required resources-human as and  material.

Teachers/teacher  educators  need  to  narrate  how  the  project  was  implemented  and  what activities  were  undertaken  during  different  phases.    The  title  of  the  Project  and  objectives of  the  Project  needs  to  be  stated  in  clear  terms.    Limitations  and  problems  or  difficulties,  if any, may  also be brought  out.

Teachers/teacher  educators  should  clearly  bring  out  the  results  achieved  through  the execution  of  the  project  and  highlight  if  there  is  enough  evidence  indicative  of improvement  in  some  aspect  of  its  work  students  learning  outcomes,  classroom management, inter-personal relationships,  etc.

In  this  section,  the  teachers/teacher  educators  need  to  summarize  the  results  and  bring  out educational  implications  for  institutional  improvement  and  specify  the  strategy  to  be adopted for  sustainability  of the  innovation.

Two  copies  of  the  project  report  in  about  5000  words  and  its  summary  in  about  500  words and  a  copy  each  of  Annexures  duly  filled  in  should  be  sent  to  the  Head,  Department  of Teacher  Education,  NCERT,  Sri  Aurobindo  Marg,  New  Delhi-110  016  before  the  suggested last date.

Teachers  and  teacher  educators,  whose  project  proposals  are  approved,  will  implement  their proposal  and  submit  project  report  to  Head,  Department  of  Teacher  Education,  NCERT,  Sri Aurobindo  Marg,  New  Delhi-110016  for  evaluation.    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  of  Rs.  10,000/-  (Rupees  ten  thousand  only)  and  certificate  will  be based  on  combined  assessment  rating  of  project  report  and  its  presentation  in  the  National Seminar.

Head/Project Coordinator
Department of Teacher Education, 
NCERT Sri Aurobindo Marg, 
New Delhi  –  110  016
Phone  No. 011-26567320



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