National Awards for Innovative Practices and Experiments in
Education for Schools and Teacher Education Institutions
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, the procedure of submission of papers, shortlisting of papers, number of
awards, eligibility for a cash prize, amount of cash prize, etc.
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
leveland20 at the 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
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 those 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.
2. OBJECTIVES OF THE SCHEME – National Award For Innovative Practices
The main objectives of the scheme are to:
1. Sensitize teachers and teacher educators about the potential of innovative practices
and experiments for the improvement of teaching-learning.
2. Encourage teachers and teacher educators to try out innovative ideas and practices for
improvement of different areas of school education and teacher education.3. Encourage teachers and teacher educators to identify the problems they face in their
teaching-learning process and adopt a realistic approach to find their solutions.
4. 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.
3.WHAT IS AN INNOVATION- National Award For Innovative Practices
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.
1. Process of implementing new ideas for improvement of the teaching learning process.2. An idea, strategy, method or device.3. Changes that create a new dimension of performance in any aspect of teaching
learning.4. A creative idea that is realized through the use of alternative strategies or techniques.5. Capabilities of realising the desired change continuously in order to sustain it over a
period of time.
of teacher education in order to enhance the efficiency of the institution to overcome problems
and the difficulties they face in day to day functioning. A few suggested examples are given
1. Devise a new approach/instructional strategy in any subject area.
2. Prepare and use innovative teaching-learning materials including ICT.3. Identification and mobilization /use of resources drawn from the local community/
environment for improvement of teaching-learning.4. Develop local specific curricular materials for teaching-learning.
5. 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.6. Management of inter-personal relationships.7. Assessment of learning outcomes of students.8. Evolve strategies for inculcation of Peace and other human values.9. Devise strategies for educating differently-abled children.10. Study learning styles of children/student-teachers/ teacher educators.11. Sensitizing and empowering disadvantaged groups.
stages are eligible to participate in the Scheme:
1. Any teacher of Pre-school (pre-primary), Elementary (primary and upper primary), the secondary and senior secondary school recognised by State Board/CBSE or any
other recognised Board.
Primary/Secondary level offering Teacher Education Programme.
Departments of Education offering B.Ed. /M.Ed., B.El.Ed., B.A.B.Ed. and B.Sc.Ed.
and State Institutes of Education (SIEs) offering teacher education programmes.
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:
experts/RIE faculty members independently to determine the merit of the
the Head, Department of Teacher Education, NCERT, New Delhi.
(Department of Teacher Education, NCERT, New Delhi) by two experts independently.
informed to implement the project and submit the report along with the summary
before the suggested last date.
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.
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.
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.
binding on the participating individual.
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 the National Award for Innovative Practices award they would receive the
execution of the project. Obviously, the preparatory work shall include mobilisation of
required resources-human as and material.
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.
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, interpersonal relationships, etc.
e) Conclusions and Implications – 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 the sustainability of the innovation.
a) Imagination and creativity in the selection of the problem/project.b) Clarity in the statement of the study.c) Rationale for designing the innovation and its objectives.d) Effective and meaningful presentation and organization of content.e) Results/findings/ and conclusions in clear words.f) Educational implications of the innovation, especially its utility for teachers, teacher-educators,
students, student-teachers, parents and society.g) Plan for ensuring the sustainability of the innovation. Teachers/Teacher educators should submit a
certificate in the prescribed Performa from the Head of the institution where the innovation has
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-110016 before the suggested
proposal and submit a project report to the 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 at the 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
Department of Teacher Education,
NCERT Sri Aurobindo Marg,
New Delhi – 110016
Phone No. 011-26567320