Former President of India Pranab Mukherjee gave away cash awards of Rs One Crore in the form of teaching grants to schools, coaching centres on January 31, 2018. The Former President also gave appreciation awards to teachers, mentors and students. Across the country, top 89 Schools and 29 Coaching Centers received the teaching grants and awards.
The schools, in conjunction with teachers, make both unique and profound impacts on students' lives by launching many of them into successful careers of vast potential futures. To acknowledge the dedicated efforts of such best teachers and their schools, Lovely Professional University (LPU) as its Corporate Social Responsibility launched "Transforming Education Awards" on Teachers day (5th September 2017).
On this occasion, Dr Mukherjee also launched ‘Pranab Sir ki Pathsahala’ his initiative to stay connected with the students and answer questions of the inquisitive youth. During his first ‘Pathshala’ with LPU students, he answered the question related to reservation, equality and his vision of future India.
Addressing the winners, Dr Pranab Mukherjee said, “I appreciate the unique awarding approach of LPU. This innovative approach in the realms of education will certainly foster a supportive ecosystem in the propagation of quality education in the country. I feel these awards have now become a national celebration of creativity and innovation at and for grassroots.”
During ‘Transforming Education Awards’ voting process, students of different schools and coaching Institutes throughout India participated and gave credit by uploading a video about their teacher. The response from the students, teachers and schools had been overwhelming with 3495 nominations, 6 Lakh+ votes and over 30 lakh views. Based on voting top 115 videos (86 from Schools and 29 from Coaching Institutes) were shortlisted for Jury round.
After Jury round, 13 Schools got teaching grant worth Rs. 1 Lac each and their teachers & students got awards of Rs. 25000 and Rs. 10,000 respectively. In addition to 13 Schools, 76 more videos won teaching grant of 25000 (for School) and award of Rs. 10000 and Rs. 2000 for nominated teacher and student respectively. In Coaching Institute Category, 29 Videos won 25000 as teaching grant for Institute, Rs. 10000 for nominated teachers and Rs. 2000 for a student.
LPU Chancellor Ashok Mittal said, “Realizing to the core that many schools and teachers of the country create intense impressions upon Indian students by leading them into bright careers ahead, we have decided to acknowledge such dedicated efforts on the national level as per our CSR activity. "Transforming Education Awards" is to recognize the devoted services of all those who by going extra mile make a unique difference in their students’ lives.”