National Awards to Teachers-Guidelines, Procedure, Application Form

National Awards to Teachers Guidelines, Procedure, Application Form. The Scheme of National Award to Teachers was started in the year 1958-59 with the object of raising the prestige of teachers and giving public recognition to the meritorious services of outstanding teachers working in Primary, Middle and Higher Secondary Schools. Government of India, Ministry of Human Resource Development, New Delhi implements a Scheme "National Awards to Teachers" every year. The Government of India have issued certain guidelines for selection of Teachers for National Awards.

Details for National Awards to Teachers

The number of awards at present stands at 374. The break up of which is as under:
  • 312 Awards States/UTs, Kendriya Vidyalayas, Navodaya Vidyalayas, Atomic Energy Education Society, Sainik Schools, Sanskrit And Arabic/Persian teachers.
  • 5 Awards Teachers of Council for Indian Schools Certificate Examination (CISCE) affiliated schools.
  • 14Awards Teachers of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) affiliated schools. The National Awards belonging to CBSE would comprise of awards to 2 teachers each for Northern, Southern, Eastern, Western and North-Eastern, Delhi Zones and 2 Slots for the teachers of independent affiliated schools situated abroad. The teachers recommended by CBSE should be other than those who have already been covered under the allocated quota for States/UTs/ Organizations.
  • 43 Awards Teachers promoting Integrated Inclusive Education (IE) in Schools. These “Special” awards would be given to teachers who promote the education of children with disabilities in regular schools run by States/UTs and other schools system. Such awards would be given to the following categories of teachers.
- Teachers with disabilities working in regular schools.
- Special teachers or trained general teachers who may have done outstanding work for Inclusive Education.
Each award carries with it a certificate of merit, a cash award money of Rs.25,000/- and a Silver Medal. The enhanced amount has been given to the National Awardee from the Award year, 1999

Guidelines , Conditions and Eligibility for Selection of Teachers for National Awards

  1. Classroom teachers with atleast 15 years regular teaching experience and Headmasters with 20 years of regular teaching experience and who are actually working as teachers/headmasters in recognized primary/middle/high/ higher secondary schools only shall be considered. Teachers who are teaching upto class VIII should be considered in the category of Primary School Teachers and those teaching classes IX-XII, in the category of Secondary School Teachers. For teachers promoting Integrated Inclusive Education the eligibility will stand reduced from 15 years of classroom teaching experience to 10 years of service and from 20 years for Headmasters to 15 years if they are to be considered for awards in respect of Inclusive Education.
  2. Normally retired teachers are not eligible for the award but those teachers who have served a part of the calendar year (atleast for four months i.e. upto 30th April in the year to which National Award relates) may be considered if they fulfill all other conditions. The service rendered on re-employment after attaining the age of superannuation will not count as eligible service.
  3. Teachers whose names were recommended last year or before can be considered again if they are still otherwise eligible and are recommended by the State Government/ Union Territories.
  4.  Educational Administrators, Inspectors of Education, and the staff of training colleges are not eligible for these awards.
  5. 5. Only those teachers, having requisite years of teaching experience, as mentioned at Sl.No.1 above, on 31st December of the preceding year of the Award, will be eligible to be considered for the award.
  • 1. Teachers’ reputation in the local community;
  • 2. His/her academic efficiency and desire for its improvement.
  • 3. His/her genuine interest in and love for children; and
  • 4. His/her involvement in the social life of the community.


  • The initial selection shall be made at the District level by a District  Committee from amongst the names recommended by the District  Education Officer, a District Inspector of schools or such other local authorities e.g. Corporation, Panchayat etc. which the State Government may determine in the context of local conditions. No teacher shall be asked or permitted to apply for the award. The names shall be recommended by the District Education Officer etc. on the basis of the Teachers’ record of work.
  • The State Selection Committee shall scrutinize and sift the recommendations of the District Committee and recommend to the State Government two names for each award allotted to the State and one or two names of Sanskrit/Arabic teachers if found suitable. The names of teachers selected by the State Committee shall be arranged in order of merit before they are recommended to the State Government who shall forward the same to the Union Government alongwith character certificate of faultless antecedents and absolute integrity duly signed by the Education Secretary. The recommendations of the State Selection Committee shall not be modified by the State Government to substitute names, or to disturb the order of merit recommended by the State Selection committee. However, if the State Government is of the view that any of the selected teacher is otherwise unfit for the award, it may recommend omission of such names to the Union Government furnishing details for the same. 
  • The State/UTs/School systems shall recommend at least the prescribed number of awards under the category “Special Awards”. In case they do not find suitable number of teachers under this category, the award will not be recommended, but in that situation the number of allocated awards for special award shall not be transferred to the general category. 
  • The final selection will be made by the Union Government. 
 1. District Inspector of Schools Chairman  
 2. Head of a Primary Training Institution Member  
 3. Headmaster of a Secondary School Member 
1. Director of Education/ Chairman Director of Public Instructions  
 2. Principal of Training College Member  
 3. Nominee of the Union Government Member
Effective From 2011 Award Year, The Allocation of National Awards to Teachers for the State of Andhra Pradesh is as follows:
Primary Category
Primary:  10    Special: 1
Secondary Category
Secondary 6 Special :1
Total Awards= 18

Rc.381/MC-2 Dated 14.11.13 DSE Orders on submitting Proposals of Teachers 

The DSE  requested all DEOs to submit the proposals in the prescribed proforma for selection of teachers for National Awards for the year 2013, in duplicate, with due recommendation of District Level Committee indicating at least Two names of eligible teachers compulsorily under each category mentioned below:
  1. 1. Recognized Primary and Secondary school teachers of State/UT/Organisation. 
  2. 2. Sanskrit Teachers of Sanskrit Patashalas and Tolls run on traditional lines. 
  3. 3. Arabic/Persian Teachers of Madarsas run on traditional lines. 
  4. 4. Teachers of CBSE Schools. 
  5. 5. Teachers of CISCE affiliated Schools. 
  6. 6. Teaches of CTSA affiliated Schools and 
  7. 7. Teachers who promote the education of children with disability in regular schools by states/UTs/Organisations and other school system.
Schedule for Submitting Proposals for 2013
  • The last date for receipt of proposals by the District Educational Officers Office is Dt:30-11-2013 (for Visakha District 4-12-13). 
  • Scrutiny and consolidation of proposals by District Level Committee should be completed by Dt: 05-12-2013 
  • Submission of proposals through concerned authorized personnel to the Office of the Commissioner & Director of School Education on (or) before 10-12-2013 along with a Copy of Annexure -II - Part A (including Service Record), Part B, C, D. and Certificate of Antecedent Character and citations issued by GOI. 
  • Bio­ Data and other details should contain at least 20 lines and invariably be attached to the proposals, the antecedent certificate (the prescribed proforma of antecedent certificate is enclosed) and the service particulars shall invariably be scrutinized and signed by the District Educational Officer.