Bringing laurels to her school and students,Amirta Chakrabarty,a teacher from Ahmedabad has been awarded the Australian National University (ANU) prize for excellence in secondary teaching.
A physics teacher for Class XI and XII at Delhi Public School,Bopal,Chakrabarty will receive a certificate and cash prize of Australian dollar 3,000. A cash prize of Australian dollar 1,500 will also be given to her school. Chakrabarty was selected after she was nominated by her former student Tanmayi Oruganti,who will be graduating with a Bachelor of Engineering with Honours from ANU.
Teaching works on a personal level although there are broad guidelines. Many students start senior high school Physics with low self-esteem and lack of confidence in their abilities. They fear this subject though it requires clarity in concepts, Chakrabarty said,who firmly believes that her job is to ensure students are ready to absorb the nuances of Physics by alleviating those fears. On nominating Chakrabarty,Tanmayi said,I had been performing well below expectation in Physics in 2011 and would not have gone into engineering or on to ANU without my teachers belief that I can achieve at the highest level. She wasnt just an educator but my friend,mentor and more than anything else,she always believed in me.
Chakrabarty did her BSc in at North Eastern Hill University in Shillong, Master of Science from University of Kalyani,West Bengal and B.Ed from the Indira Gandhi National Open University.