It was an evening of glitz, glamour, song and dance. Film actors stood on the stage to anchor the event and announce the winners. Those receiving the awards, however, were neither actors, nor directors and producers. The stage was set for the Delhi government’s state teachers award held at the Thyagraj Sports Complex Monday.
The Delhi government had issued full page advertisements in newspapers and outdoor advertisements to promote the ceremony. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said that the award function will be the ‘most sought-after’ in the years to come.
At the felicitation of 91 school teachers from the capital, Sisodia said, “We felicitate our stars in sports, cinema, and other fields at grand ceremonies. You teachers are the ones who make them stars; an awards function for you must be of a grander scale, and that is what we have organised today.”
Government officials said that while the Delhi State Teachers Awards are given away every year, it was for the first time that it was held at such a “grand scale”.
Principals and teachers were given a certificate, shawl, medal and a cheque for Rs 25,000.
Amita Saxena, principal of the Vishal Bharti Public School in Paschim Vihar, said, “This is the recognition of our dedicated efforts… I am from a Science background and I never aspired to be a teacher. But once I stepped into this profession, I loved it.”
A sports teacher in an MCD school in Kondli, Satish Chander said: “There is a lot of potential in our children. If facilities are provided to them, they will excel in sports.” Chander’s trainees won 245 gold medals at zonal level sports tournaments of the MCD.
A special award was given to Sushma Yadav, an art teacher from the Government Girls Senior Secondary School in Madipur for promoting art among her students and providing art material for economically weak students. S C Archana, a social science teacher from Sarvodaya Vidyalaya No 3 at Sector 7, R K Puram, also received a special award for spending out of her own pocket for chairs and tables for nursery children.
The event was anchored by actors Swara Bhaskar and Zeeshan Ayub and ended with a performance by Indian Ocean. Giving away awards were Delhi Water Minister Kapil Mishra, Chief Secretary K K Sharma, actor Piyush Mishra and wrestler Sushil Kumar.