This year, for the first time, Sudha Painuli, Vice-Principal (Vice Principal) of EMRS-Kalsi, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, has been awarded the ‘National Teacher Award 2020’ since its inception under the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Eklavya Model Residential Schools (EMRS) is a matter of special pride.
The Union Ministry of Education (formerly Ministry of Human Resource Development), Department of School Education and Literacy constituted an independent jury at the national level to confer the National Teacher Award (NAT) for the year 2020. Sudha Painuli was included in the 47 Outstanding Teachers List after a rigorous three-phase online transparent process.
The Eklavya Birthday Bagiya (Birthday Garden), the Natya Manch in Education, the Eklavya Tribal Museum (Tribal Museum), skill development workshops and similar initiatives are the most unique features of his campaign’s innovative experiments. Taking the efforts of the Ministry of Tribal Affairs in the right direction, while striking a good balance between educational development and all-round development of tribal students, is their continuous achievement.
Sudha Painuli was greeted by Tribal Affairs Minister Arjun Munda. They said,
“In fact, this is a special achievement for EMRS. Sudha Painuli has been selected for the national award for the first time in the history of Eklavya. ” His achievement towards providing quality education to tribal students is a testimony to the efforts of the government. This achievement will inspire the entire EMRS teacher fraternity to bring their excellence in the field of education.
EMRS was started in the year 1997-98 with the objective of providing quality education to the scheduled tribe children in remote areas so that they can avail opportunities in higher and vocational educational courses and get employment in various fields.
According to ‘Census-2011’, in the entire country, there are 564 such sub-districts, out of which 102 sub-districts are EMRS. In an ongoing journey of expansion, 462 new schools will be opened by the year 2022. Under the revised EMRS scheme of the year 2018, each block with more than 50% Scheduled Tribe (ST) population and at least 20,000 tribal persons by the year 2022, will have an Ekalavya Model Residential School (EMRS). These schools will be parallel to the Navodaya Vidyalayas and will have special facilities for preservation of local arts and culture besides training in sports and skill development.
If Ekalavya model residential schools continue this journey of providing quality education to tribal students in this way, then many more such achievements in the coming years will make this educational campaign worthwhile.