Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India
 Email Helpdesk : helpdesk-nat [at] gov [dot] in
  1. WHAT IS ‘NATIONAL AWARD FOR TEACHERS’?
This Award program is designed to honour and celebrate the unique contribution of some of the finest teachers in the country who through their commitment have enriched the lives of their students and improved the quality of school education.
   2. WHO IS ACKNOWLEDGING THE TEACHERS AND HOW?
Instituted in 1958, the National Award to Teachers are given away by The President of India (or) The Vice President of India on 5th September (Teacher's Day) every year to give public recognition to meritorious teachers working in primary, middle and secondary schools. The NAT is being executed under the overall supervision of the Ministry of Human Development (MHRD).
   3. WHEN WAS THIS AWARD SCHEME INTRODUCED?
This Award was first instituted in the year 1958 to felicitate remarkable teachers and head masters in their quest to improve the quality of school education and enrich their students’ learning experiences.
   4. WHO CAN BE NOMINATED?
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)
   5. WHO CAN NOMINATE A TEACHER?
It is a self-nominating Award. teachers and Head teachers of schools themselves can apply directly by filling the application form online through the web portal before the prescribed cut-off date.
  6. WHO ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR THE AWARD?
Retired teachers who have not served at least a part of the calendar year - at least for four months i.e. up to 30th April in the year to which National Award relates. Teacher/Headmasters who have indulged in tuitions. Contractual Teachers and Shiksha Mitras are also not be eligible.
   7. WHAT ARE THE EVALUATION CRITERIA FOR THE APPLICATIONS?
The applicants will be evaluated based on the evaluation matrix consists of two types of criterion:
Objective criteria: Under this the teachers will be awarded marks as per clearly given logic 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.
  8. WHAT ARE THE IMPORTANT TIMELINES OF THIS PROCESS?
Opening of web-portal for inviting online self-nomination by teachers. 15 June to 06 July 2020
Shortlisting of teachers by District/Regional Selection Committee and forwarding the shortlist to the State/Organization Selection Committee through online portal. 12 July to 21 July 2020
State Selection Committee/ Organization Selection Committee shortlist to be forwarded to Independent National Jury through online portal. 22 July to 31 July 2020
Intimation to all the shortlisted candidates for selection by Jury through VC or physical interaction as may be decided 3 August 2020
Selection process by Jury through VC or physical interaction as may be decided 6 August to 14 August 2020
Finalization of names by Independent National Jury 14 August 2020
   9. WHAT HAPPENS NEXT AFTER I HAVE NOMINATED MYSELF?
After the prescribed deadline for self-nomination, the first level scrutiny of all the applications will be done by District Selection Committee (DSC) headed by the District Education Officer. Upon evaluation of applications and verification of the supporting documents, 3 applications shall be selected (in exceptional circumstances 4 applications may be selected) and sent to the State Selection Committee who shall re-evaluate all the nominations and prepare shortlist of the best candidates, subject to the maximum number allotted to the States/UTs and forward the same to Independent Jury at National level through online portal. Independent Organization Selection Committees (OSCs) may also receive, evaluate and shortlist nominations and submit them to the Independent Jury at National level.
   10. WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT SECTIONS OF THE APPLICATION THAT I NEED TO FILL TO NOMINATE MYSELF?
Upon registering themselves, the applicant has to fill 4 different sections of the application: Primary Information School Information Principal Information Questions (to be answered by the applicant) Applicants profile. Upon completing all the sections, the applicant can submit their application nominating themselves for the Award.
   11. HOW DO I REGISTER MYSELF?
The applicant has to go on to the web-portal welcome.aspx to register themselves by clicking on the Login/Registration key.
  12. WHERE CAN I OBTAIN A NOMINATION FORM?
This is an online self-nomination process. The applicant has to register themselves on a web portal welcome.aspx to apply for the Award.
  13. SHOULD THE APPLICATION BE COMPLETED AT THE SAME TIME AS REGISTRATION?
No. The application can be completed over-time. The applicant can save the information as when he/she is uploading them. the next time, the applicant needs to simply login using the username/mobile number and password.
   14. I’M NOMINATING ONLINE. HOW DO I INCLUDE SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION?
The supporting documents should be uploaded in the PDF format.
   15. I FORGOT MY USERNAME. HOW DO I LOGIN?
One can use their mobile number to login into their application if he/she has forgotten their username.
  16. CAN I REVIEW MY APPLICATION?
Yes, the applicant can review their application. after the final submission the applicant can not edit the information provided by them.
   17. IS THERE A EMAIL HELP-DESK FOR THE APPLICANTS?
Yes, There is a email help desk. For any query drop an email to helpdesk-nat@gov.in .
   18. CAN I EDIT MY PERSONAL INFORMATION AFTER I ALREADY FILLED IT?
Yes, the applicant can edit the information as many times as desired during the application process. However, once the final application is submitted, they cannot edit any information provided by them.
   19. CAN I ALTER ANY INFORMATION/ RESPONSES AFTER THE FINAL SUBMISSION IS MADE?
No. The applicant cannot alter any information after the final submission is made.
  20. I FORGOT MY PASSWORD. WHAT CAN I DO?
Yes. The applicant can retrieve their password by providing their User ID/ Mobile number.

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