Jalandhar, May 23, 2019: Lovely Professional University organized its 2nd Edition of ‘Transforming Education Awards-2018’ on May 18, 2019. The event was in consideration of the contribution made by the Principals and Teachers in the nation and society. Dr. Hrushikesh Senapaty, Director of the National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT), had been benevolent in bestowing the awards of more than Rs 22 Lakh Cash Prizes & ‘Certificates of Excellence’ to 60 selected Schools from across the country.
The University received more than 1100 nominations from various private and government schools across the country. Out of which 11 Principals/ Teachers were honored 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 a 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 to become autonomous learners. Avoid emphasis on textbooks 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 classroom 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 honor school teachers countrywide. We also congratulate all the winners, and thank all those students and their parents who spared their time to nominate and recognize those bodies which prove special in teaching and student support.”
Mr. Mittal also honored Pushkar Raj, Director of Allen's 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.
How winners were selected:
Videos of 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 then 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 Warrior; 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.
Along with this ceremony, LPU also organized 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 more than 15000 students from 200 schools visited LPU campus and had the first-hand experience of the career options available to them.