National Awards for Innovative Practices and Experiments in Education for School Teacher & Teacher Educator 2017

The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) is inviting project proposals from teachers and teachers educators working in all recognized schools and teacher education institutions at all levels for undertaking Innovative Practices and Experiments. School teachers and teachers educators who are willing to participate in the competition would submit the project proposal to the Principal, Regional Institute of Education (RIE) of the region concerned by 31st July 2017.


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For School Teachers 40
1 Pre-primary/Primary/Elementary school 20
2 Secondary/Senior Secondary Schools 20
For Teacher Educators 20
1 Teacher Education Institutions at Pre-primary/Primary/Elementary levels 10
2 Teacher Education Institutions at Secondary level 10
Total number of Awards 60


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The main objectives of the scheme are to:

  • sensitise teachers and teacher educators about the potential of innovative practices and experiments for improvement of teaching-learning;

  • encourage teachers and teacher educators to try out innovative ideas and practices for improvement of different areas of school education and teacher education;

  • encourage teachers and teacher educators to identify problems they face in their teaching-learning process and adopt a realistic approach to find their solutions;

  • 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.


Teachers and teacher educators from recognized schools/teacher education institutions at all stages are eligible to participate in the Scheme:

School Teachers

  • Any teacher of Preschool (pre-primary), Elementary (primary and upper primary), secondary and senior secondary school recognized by State Board/CBSE or any other recognized Board; and

  • Teacher of any recognized Special Education School.

Teacher Educators

  • Teacher educators of Teacher Education Institutions at Pre-primary/Primary/ Upper Primary/Secondary level offering Teacher Education Programmes;

  • Teacher educators of Colleges of Education including CTEs, IASEs and University Departments of Education offering B.Ed./M.Ed., B.El.Ed., B.A.B.Ed. and B.Sc.Ed. programmes; and

  • Faculty members of State Councils of Educational Research and Training (SCERTs) and State Institutes of Education (SIEs) offering teacher education programmes.


Teachers and teacher educators shall submit project proposal in given format to the Principal, Regional Institute of Education (RIE) of the region concerned (Annexure-1) latest by 31st July every year.


  1. A teacher or a teacher educator can undertake only one project during a particular year.

  2. The innovation should be based on the original work of individual.

  3. The Project Report should be of approximately 5,000 words excluding appendices.

  4. The Project Report along with its summary in about 500 words needs to be submitted.

  5. The Project Report may be written in English/Hindi or any other regional language. 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.

  6. In case the report is written in the regional language, the title should also be given in English/Hindi.

  7. 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.

  8. The NCERT reserves the right to use the selected Project reports in any manner it deems fit.

  9. In all matters pertaining to the scheme, the decision of the NCERT shall be final and binding on the participating individual.

  10. Teachers and teacher educators getting the cash award during a particular year shall not 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 award they would receive the certificate only.


Teachers and teacher educators, whose project proposals are approved, will implement their proposal and submit project report to 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 in 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 Seminar.


Two copies of the project report in about 5000 words and its summary in about 500 words 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-110 016 before the suggested last date.

For Further Information Contact:

Head/Project Coordinator, Department of Teacher Education, NCERT Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi – 110 016 Phone No. 011-26567320

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