JagranJosh.com presents Season 2 of Education Awards. These awards acknowledge and applaud the efforts of Educational Leaders, Teachers and Students who went beyond the mile and demonstrated excellence in the field of education.
Season 1 of these awards have set high standards and created an industry benchmark for recognizing best practices in education during the COVID-19 induced lockdown. Season 2 takes this legacy forward by recognizing exceptional work in education at a time when online/hybrid education has become the ‘New Normal’.Checkout Season 1 Here!
Sharad Vivek Sagar is an internationally awarded social entrepreneur whose innovative and inspirational leadership has transformed many lives and received global recognition. He has also featured regularly as Expert at Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC). His organization, Dexterity Global, connects over 6.5 million students with educational opportunities.
Sagar’s work is redefining education and leadership for millions of young Indians. President Barack Obama invited him to the White House, Forbes listed him on its global 30 Under 30 list, Rockefeller Foundation inducted him in the list of 100 Next Century Innovators, Nobel Peace Center invited him to the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony, the Queen of England included him in “Queen’s Young Leaders”. Sagar remains humble considers himself a dedicated worker of Swami Vivekananda committed to building servant leaders for India through education.
Sagar has been invited globally to speak on education and leadership and is the youngest Indian to deliver a Convocation Address. His speeches have been watched over a million times on the internet. In 2021, he was elected as the next executive chair, the highest position, on the student council at Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE).
Dr Biswajit Saha is presently the Director Training & Skill Development at CBSE under the Ministry of Education, Govt of India. He has made significant contributions in the field of training, skill development and democratization of education. He represents CBSE in various national and international committees and has served the board in different leadership roles for over decades now. Prior to CBSE, he has worked with Govt of India and Tripura State Govt in the areas of Higher Education and Information Technology.
This category will recognize 3 educational leaders (Principals/Heads of Institutions) who demonstrated excellence in educational leadership in the times of change.
An initiative that made teaching or learning easier for the educators or students.
An initiative that benefitted those with either physical or learning disabilities.
An initiative that made innovative use of science & tech to solve an everyday problem
An initiative that made use of social media to make a significant contribution in improving learning outcomes.
An initiative that benefitted educators or students from the economically weaker or disadvantaged section of the society.
An initiative that made learning fun and interactive while retaining the academic benefits.
An initiative that significantly raised awareness or provided solutions for improved mental health.
A project or initiative that demonstrated innovation and out of the box thinking in an academic context.
A socially relevant initiative that demonstrated active involvement with a social cause and produced measurable results.
A project/initiative/campaign that made the most effective use of social media in a meaningful way for constructive results.
An online initiative that demonstrated exceptional creativity
A project or initiative that made innovative use of science & tech for a practical and useful application in daily life.
Any work or series of work that demonstrated literary brilliance in either text or audio/visual format.
Any other significant academic or extracurricular achievement which demonstrates outstanding initiative, significant presence of mind or leadership potential.
These awards will recognize accomplishments in the institutional or start-up framework and will be chosen editorially at JNM.
Director Mayo College, Ajmer
Lieutenant General Surendra Kulkarni has served in the Indian Army for about four decades. He was commissioned into the Armoured Corps in 1975. In recognition of his special contribution, he has been awarded the highest peacetime distinguished service award in the Armed Forces, the Param Vishisht Seva Medal by the President of India
Parallel to his Army career, he has pursued his academic interests. He is an economics graduate from Fergusson College, Pune. He was a post graduate UGC Merit scholar before he joined the Army. He has four Masters Degrees including an M Phil degree.
He is an alumnus of Mayo College, Ajmer. Presently, he is the Director since January 2015.
Dean International Relations, IIT Kanpur
Prof Joshi is presently Pandit Girish & Sushma Rani Pathak Chair Professor and Dean of International Relations at IIT Kanpur. He completed BE in Polymer Engineering from Pune University in 1996 and PhD in Chemical Engineering from National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, and Indian Institute of Technology Bombay in 2001. Subsequently, he joined Benjamin Levich Institute, New York, where he worked as a Post-Doctoral Fellow for 3 years. In 2004, Prof Joshi joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at IIT Kanpur.
Prof Joshi’s areas of expertise are Soft Matter, Rheology of Complex Fluids and Polymer Science and Engineering. He is a senior editor of Langmuir and on the editorial advisory boards of Physics of Fluids and Journal of Rheology. Dr Joshi is recipient of many laurels including Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award in Engineering Sciences (2015), Distinguished Teacher Award of Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (2018), Academy excellence award of the Defense Research and Development Organization 2019, and so on. Dr Joshi is an elected fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Sciences, India.
Dean New Initiatives & External Relations, IIM Calcutta
Prof Manish Kumar Thakur is currently Dean (New Initiatives and External Relations), and Professor in the Public Policy and Management Group, at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Calcutta. Prof Thakur has been in the academia for more than two decades during which he has published in prestigious professional journals. He is the recipient of Dr. V.K.R.V. Rao Award in Social Sciences (Sociology) (2014), the Indian Sociological Society’s (ISS) Prof. M. N. Srinivas Memorial Award for Young Sociologist (2007), and the Indian Social Science Association’s (ISSA) Prof. Radhakamal Mukerjee Memorial Award for Young Social Scientist, 2002.
As a faculty member, he has been with IIM Calcutta since 2007. He was also a Fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla. Prof Thakur is on the Board of IIM Calcutta Innovation Park. He has been the editor of the Jurnal of Human Values (Sage) during 2018-2021. He is an elected member of the Managing Committee of the Indian Sociological Society. He is a member of the Academic Council of Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences (RUAS), Bengaluru, and sits on the Board of Studies of Tezpur University, West Bengal State University, and Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan. He is the nominated UGC Expert on the Advisory Committee for UGC-SAP-DRS-II, School of Social Sciences, SRTM University, Nanded.
Faculty Ravi J. Matthai Center for Educational Innovation, IIM Ahmedabad
Prof Ambrish Dongre is a faculty member at the Ravi J. Matthai Centre for Educational Innovation (RJMCEI*) at IIM Ahmedabad. Prior to that, Prof Dongre was a Fellow and a Senior Researcher at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi. His research work has focused on the efficacy of various government initiatives at the ground level. His research utilises large datasets and rigorous field work. At IIM Ahmedabad, he regularly teaches courses on Education Policy, Economics of Education, and Quantitative Methods for undertaking research.
He holds a PhD in Economics from University of California, Santa Cruz (USA) and a Masters in Economics from University of Mumbai.
*RJMCEI is named after Professor Ravi J. Matthai, the first full-time Director of IIM Ahmedabad. The Centre has a robust research agenda built around innovations in education and innovative approaches to countering problems in education.
The Centre has a long history of working with the Government of India and various state governments on management in education. It has participated in the assessments of various programs such as the District Primary Education Programme, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, National Literacy Campaigns and Post-Literacy Campaigns, Shiksha Karmi and the Navodaya Vidyalaya scheme.
Dean Students’ Welfare, University of Delhi
Prof Pankaj Arora is currently Dean - Students’ Welfare in the University of Delhi. He has been serving in the Department of Education (CIE), University of Delhi for around twenty-five years. His areas of specialization include Adolescence Education, Democratic Education, Pedagogy of Political Science and Social Science Education. He has eight books to his credit including two edited books on the National Education Policy 2020.
He has been invited as an eminent speaker to share his views on different aspects of NEP 2020 by various academic institutions including JNU, AMU, BHU, and Jamia Milia Islamia.
Prof Arora holds several administrative responsibilities including as Director of Institute of Lifelong Learning, University of Delhi, and Member, National Focus Group on Gender Education, NCERT. He is serving various committees at UGC, NCTE, NIOS, ICSSR, SCERT and different Central and State Universities.
Prof Arora has published more than 19 research articles in indexed/peer reviewed Journals at national and international level. He has made 78 presentations at various conferences and seminars across the world.
Deputy Dean Digital Initiatives and Executive Education, ISB Hyderabad
Prof Deepa Mani is a faculty in the Information Systems area and the Deputy Dean for Digital Initiatives and Executive Education at the Indian School of Business. Her research interests are at the intersection of technology, organization and society. She is interested in studying the organization of IT and IT-enabled business functions in firms, and assessment of the business value of a broad class of IT decisions and interventions.
Prof Mani serves as a Senior Editor at Information Systems Research. Her research articles have been published in leading academic journals and extensively featured in refereed conference proceedings, edited book chapters, and popular media outlets. She works closely with industry to drive innovation and strategies for the digital economy. She also works closely with the central and state governments to explore the impact of technology interventions in areas such as education, healthcare and urbanization.
Prof Mani completed her undergraduate education at St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi, and her graduate education from Carnegie Mellon University. She received her doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin.
Professor of Finance Faculty of Management Studies, New Delhi
Monica Singhania is Professor of Finance & Accounting at Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), University of Delhi, India. She is a graduate from Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), post-graduate from Delhi School of Economics (DSE) and a Fellow Member (FCA) of ICAI. She has been awarded Ph.D. in the area of corporate finance and taxation from the University of Delhi.
Prof Singhania has undertaken post doctoral research at Durham University, UK and Heidelberg University, Germany. She is the author of several books on direct tax laws and several research papers published in leading international journals.
With over 20 years of teaching and research experience, Prof Singhania has spoken at over 100 national and international conferences, workshops, symposiums, faculty development programmes and corporate training events.
GM & Head Content and Strategy, Jagran New Media
Parikshit Bhardwaj Heads Content and Strategy at JagranJosh.com. He is an educational content professional with 16+ years of rich experience in creating solutions for new-age learners. He brings transferable skills from diverse industries like Study Abroad, Academic Books and Journals Publishing, eLearning, Test Preparation and online media.
He has worked in content leadership roles with global brands like The Princeton Review, SAGE Publishing, John Wiley & Sons, and NIIT Limited. He is an avid reader, a content marketing enthusiast and has travelled widely across Europe and America on professional assignments.
He is deeply passionate about building an ecosystem where the key stakeholders in education - Students, Teachers & Educational Leaders - find a voice on a common platform. At Jagran New Media, Parikshit and team are creating just that with JagranJosh Education Awards.
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Evaluation MeterWinners will be decided by the jury & public online voting on weightages
“Education is the most powerful weapon to change the world” -- During the COVID-19 induced lockdown and in its aftermath, Education leaders, Teachers and Students went beyond the mile to prove this famous quote by Nelson Mandela. JagranJosh Education Awards celebrate these very key stakeholders in the education ecosystem who quickly adapted to the “New Normal” and created stories of courage and change in the face of adversity.
Whether it is setting an example of inspiring educational leadership, innovative methods of teaching or noteworthy academic/extracurricular student achievement, JagranJosh Education Awards is a platform that rewards such pioneering educational initiatives.
Above all, these awards celebrate the spirit of those change makers who rose above challenges to create stories that inspire the future generations.
JagranJosh Education Awards are decided by pan-India votes and a prestigious jury’s decision. Winning these awards means being part of a select league of students and educators of high calibre & repute.
These awards celebrate pioneering achievements of students and teachers who displayed exceptional creativity and innovation. Hence we encourage you to apply if you think you fulfil the requirements in any given category. Selection is purely merit based.
First you have to register on the website or send an email as per the nomination process. Your entry will be reviewed editorially and, if accepted, you will hear from us about the next steps. Shortlisted nominations will be put up for audience voting followed by the jury selection round. The jury will decide the final winners who will receive the award trophy and certificate in a glittering awards ceremony.
Yes, if you applied for Season 1 but could not win, then you’re encouraged to apply for Season 2
The jury’s decision will be final in this regard.
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