President to give away National Awards to 320 teachers

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New Delhi, Sep 4 (UNI) As many as 320 teachers will be honoured by President Pratibha Devisingh Patil with National Awards for 2007 on the occasion of Teachers' Day at a function here tomorrow.

The highest number of teachers, who have been awarded, comes from Maharashtra (28), followed by Uttar Pradesh (26) and Tamil Nadu (21).

Of the 300 teachers, 82 are women. Nine have been nominated under Sanskrit category and five are for teaching in Madarasas. As many as 13 teachers fall under the Special category, that is, those who are either disabled or promoting inclusive education.

The list of awardees includes 16 teachers from Andhra Pradesh, 15 from Rajasthan, 12 each from Karnataka and Kerala, 11 each from Gujarat and West Bengal and Orissa, 10 from Bihar, eight each from Assam and Madhya Pradesh, six from Haryana, five from Chhattisgarh and four each from Delhi and Jharkhand and Jammu and Kashmir.

The National Awards to Teachers are awarded by the President on September five every year to accord public recognition to meritorious school teachers.

These Awards were instituted in 1958. Initially, these were given away on convenient dates. From mid-60s, September five came to be the date of investiture.

The award carries a Silver Medal, a Certificate and Rs 25,000.

The nominated teachers, along with one of the family member, are invited to Delhi and treated as State guest for two-three days.

The awardees today made a courtesy call on the Prime Minister.

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