Proud moment for Loyola School: Father Pius
Jamshedpur, Aug. 26: Jayanti Sheshadri (53), registrar of Loyola School in Jamshedpur has been selected for the National Award to Teachers conferred by the Union ministry of human resource development. Sheshadri will receive the coveted award from Vice president, Venkaiah Naidu at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi on September 5.
In the 70 years history of Loyola School she is the first to have received this coveted award.
Addressing a press meet at Loyola School campus Sheshadri said, “Its
great moment for us and I am really very happy. I am thankful the
support of my school especially school principal Father Pius Fernandes
and others who gave me the opportunity to take innovative steps to
improve quality of eudcation. This recognition has made me and my
school and city proud”.
She was nominated by the Council for the Indian School Certificate
Examinations (CISCE) to the Union HRD for the award. Instituted in 1958, the National Award to Teachers are given away by the President of India on Teacher’s Day ( September 5) every year to give public recognition to meritorious teachers working in primary, middle and secondary schools.
The selection is made by a State level Selection Committee or the
Central Award Committee presided over by Director (Education) or the
Head of any organisation with a nominee of the Union Government as a
member. The award carries a silver medal, certificate, and Rs. 50,000
as award money. The recipients of the award are assessed on a number of criteria like nnovative teaching practices programmes, achievements in the field of
professional development, community impact and contributing beyond the
call of duty.
Sheshadri, who started her career as corporate official
latter became a teacher and has been teaching English for the past 20
years and the last 10 years in Loyola School. “I started my career as HR person with a private company and had worked 10 years. In 1998, I took a break and joined teaching thinking that was the best job suited to a woman,” said Sheshadri who is
extensively involved in training teachers of underprivileged schools
run by Jesuits in rural areas. Father Pius said that it is indeed a proud moment.
The award will inspire other teachers too to adopt innovative way of teaching. Father Pius also won National Teachers Award. The award is given to teachers selected from across the nation for their ‘contribution to
the development of the country through education’.
He received the award from the then President of India, Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, at the Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi on September 5, 2006. Dr. Kalam, himself
a great scientist and a teacher, honored Fr. Pius for his great work
and dedication. Rajiv Talwar, president, Loyola Alumni Association also his happiness over the achievement.