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National Award to Teachers 2020 Guidelines, Procedure, Criteria and Online Application

National Award to Teachers 2020 for the Year 2019 Guidelines,Procedure and Application | Guidelines for Selection of Teachers for National Awards

Conditions of Eligibility of Teachers for consideration for the Awards:

i) School teachers and Heads of Schools working in recognized primary/middle/high/higher secondary schools under the following categories:
a) Schools run by State Govt./UTs Administration, schools run by local bodies, schools aided by State Govt. and UT Administration.
b) Central Govt. Schools i.e. Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs), Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNVs), Sainik Schools run by Ministry of Defence (MoD), Schools run by Atomic Energy Education Society (AEES).
c) Schools affiliated to Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) (other than those at (a) and (b) above)
d) Schools affiliated to Council for Indian Schools Certificate Examination (CISCE) (Other than those at (a), (b) and (c) above)
ii) Normally retired teachers are not eligible for the award but those teachers who have served a part of the calendar year (at least for four months i.e. up to 30th April in the year to which National Awards relate) may be considered if they fulfil all other conditions.
iii) Educational Administrators, Inspectors of Education, and the staff of training Institutes are not eligible for these awards.
iv) Teacher/Headmaster should not have indulged in tuition.
v) Only regular Teachers and Heads of Schools will be eligible.
vi) Contractual Teachers and Shiksha Mitras will not be eligible.
ii) Considerations to guide the selection of teachers at various levels:

Teachers will be evaluated based on the evaluation matrix given at Annexure-I. Evaluation matrix contains two types of criteria for evaluation:

Objective criteria: Under this the teachers will be awarded marks against each of the objective criteria. These criteria are given the weightage of 20 out of 100.
Criteria based on performance: Under this, teachers will be awarded marks on criteria based on performance e.g. initiatives to improve learning outcomes, innovative experiments undertaken, organization of extra and co-curricular activities, use of Teaching Learning Material, social mobility, ensuring experiential learning, unique ways to ensure physical education to students etc. These criteria are given the weightage of 80 out of 100.

Procedure for application and selection:

i) All the applications would be received through an online web portal.
ii) MHRD would ensure coordination with States/UTs regarding timely entry into the portal and resolution of technical and operational issues during data entry into portal through the portal development agency.
iii) MHRD will bear the entire expenditure for development and maintenance of the portal
iv) In case of State/UTs, teachers and heads of schools themselves shall apply directly by filling the application form online through the web portal before the prescribed cut-off date.
v) Every applicant shall submit a portfolio, online along with the Entry Form. The portfolio shall include relevant supporting material such as documents, tools, reports of activities, field visits, photographs, audios or videos etc.
vi) Undertaking by the applicant: Each applicant shall give an undertaking that all the information/data submitted is true to the best of his/her knowledge and if anything is found at any later date to be untrue then he/she will be liable to disciplinary action.


  • 15 June to 06 July 2020:Opening of web-portal for inviting online self-nomination by teachers. 
  • 12 July to 21 July 2020:Shortlisting of teachers by District/Regional Selection Committee and forwarding the shortlist to the State/Organization Selection Committee through online portal. 
  • 22 July to 31 July 2020:State Selection Committee/ Organization Selection Committee shortlist to be forwarded to Independent National Jury through online portal. 
  • 3 August 2020:Intimation to all the shortlisted candidates for selection by Jury through VC or physical interaction as may be decided. 
  • 6 August to 14 August 2020:Selection process by Jury through VC or physical interaction as may be decided. 
  • 14 August 2020:Finalization of names by Independent National Jury.
Evaluation Matrix for National Award to Teachers:
Category A: Objective Criteria
S.No Criteria Maximum Marks / Ceiling
1 Work done by teacher to encourage community, parents, alumni etc. to contribute to the school in any way e.g. physical infrastructure, computers, mid day meal, funds, books etc. 3
2 Publication (Research papers/Articles in international/national journals{with ISSN}, Books {with ISBN}, etc.) in the last 5 years 3
3 Annual Performance Appraisal Reports or other performance appraisal tools of last 3 years 3
4 Is the teacher attending school regularly without any complaints? 3
5 Whether the teacher is regularly attending the in-service training he/she is deputed to ? 2
6 Work done by teacher to increase enrolment and reduce dropouts . 2
7 Whether the teacher is enrolled for any course under SWAYAM or any other MOOCS platform 2
8 Development of e-contents, textbooks, teacher handbooks for SCERTs, Boards or NCERT 2
Subtotal 20
Category B: Criteria based on performance (Indicative and illustrative only)
S.No Criteria Maximum Marks
1 Innovative experiments (like use of ICT, joyful learning technique) undertaken by teacher for greater impact of his/her teaching on the students. Development and use of appropriate pedagogic approaches in day to day teaching activities including Teaching Learning Material, Low cost teaching aids etc. (Based on number, scale and impact of innovations/experiments) 30
2 Organization of extra and co-curricular activities (Based on number, scale and impact of experiments) 25
3 a) Mobilization of society for school infrastructure and for spreading social awareness among children. b) Promotion of nation building and national integration 25
Subtotal 80
Grand total 100

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