New Delhi: HRD minister Smriti Irani recently invited suggestions from teachers and students of CBSE schools on the new national education policy, which is likely to be prepared by the year end.
Conferring the CBSE awards to teachers ahead of the national teacher's day celebrations on September 5 the minister also favoured introduction of three new award categories including a category that recognises a teacher's achievement in promoting education in rural areas.
Speaking at the award function the minister said," "CBSE should also be involved in drafting the new national education policy and should ask the students and teachers about their views. The inputs regarding the policy should be collected by November 15."
The new education policy aims to involve stakeholders from cross sections of the society including the teachers and students, the consultation process of which has began from January this year.
Hailing the achievements of the teachers who were felicitated at the event, minister asked CBSE to constitute three award categories: Felicitating teachers who promote performing arts, who venture beyond the classrooms and promote innovation and those who promote teaching in rural areas.
34 teachers from across the country and abroad were conferred the CBSE award for their innovations in classroom teaching.
The selection of the awardees is based on the academic efficiency and desire for improvement, genuine interest and reputation in the community, love for children, perseverance and commitment towards the field of education.
Sixteen mentors were also awarded for collaboration and handholding through regular visits to clusters of schools for promoting quality.
The Mentors awards recognise principals who go an extra mile in their endeavour to promote excellence.
Mentors are selected on the basis of their training experience, professional guidance, positive role-modelling, collaboration with mentee schools and initiating innovative practices. These awards consist of a Merit certificate, a shawl and a cash prize of Rs 50,000.