September 5th is celebrated as Teachers day in India, marking the birthday of the second President of the country, Dr. SarvepalliRadhakrishnan, both a teacher and a distinguished scholar of comparative religion and philosophy. Once venerated as “gurus” and the sole repositories of knowledge, teachers today seem to have lost this status, despite the fact that they are arguably the most important factor in delivering quality education, especially in the elementary years of schooling.

No education system in the world has excelled without making a significant investment in building a cadre of quality teachers. As the Government of India (GoI) frames the New Education Policy (NEP), it will be critical to focus on teachers and teacher education to ensure quality education.

Keeping this view in mind, this year Scientific & Engineering Research Society (SERS) announces ‘Teacher’s Spirit Award’ to rewardTeachers of schools/ colleges up to 12th standards torecognize outstanding contributions made by classroom teachers to science education.

‘‘Teacher’s Spirit Award’celebrates the spirit of a Teacher.We are happy to invite nomination by teachers or students for their teacher of any college for the ‘Teachers Scientist Award’. It is a SERS initiative to award GURUs of today’s world.

‘Teacher’s Spirit Award’will bear CashuptoRs. 10,000 followed by a Medal, Certificate of Honor and a Laptop.

‘Teacher’s Spirit Award’ will be state- wise and standard- wise. Each year each state will award one award for each standard i.e. in any state like Gujarat there will be one award for one teacher of each standard.