Published on October 24, 2019
The Tata Education Excellence Programme’s (TEEP) awards were distributed at a glittering ceremony at the Fasy Auditorium, Loyola School, Jamshedpur, on October 19, 2019. The TEEP awards recognised the achievements of schools that participated in the Tata Education Excellence Programme, 2018.
Padma Vibhushan Dr K Kasturirangan (former Chairman, ISRO & Chairperson, New Education Policy Draft Committee, 2019) was the chief guest at the award function. Dr Jamshed J Irani, former MD, Tata Steel; and T V Narendran, CEO & MD, Tata Steel, graced the occasion.
A total of 36 schools had participated under the Regular, Basic and Saral categories. Most of these schools also participated in various other TEEP initiatives, including EQUIP (Educational Quality Improvement Projects), Innoteaching (Innovation in Teaching methods), Pankh (Student-led improvement stories, Pearl (Best Practice Sharing), Dare To Try (Learning from failures), Outstanding Activity Club and Teachers Award for excellence in teaching.
TEEP (Regular Category)
Since 2015, the Regular Assessment has been taking place once in a block of two years. In the intervening year, schools undergo a Dip Check to maintain the momentum of progress and improvement.
Nine schools had participated in the Regular Assessment category and a similar number in the Dip Check. All schools which underwent Regular Assessment received commendation awards as well as ‘certificates for participation’. Forty-five trained assessors, including principals and teachers, guided by three mentors, carried out the comprehensive task of assessing these schools.
TEEP (Basic Category)
Ten schools were assessed under the Basic category in 2018. Three of these schools received commendation awards for having achieved a threshold score of 90 percent compliance of the checklist. Nine schools were given a certificate of participation. Twenty trained assessors assessed these schools.
TEEP (Saral Category)
It was introduced in 2014 to enable Hindi medium, rural government and semi-government schools to initiate their improvement journey. Eight schools had undertaken an assessment in 2018 of which three schools received commendation awards for achieving a threshold score, and five schools received certificates of participation. Sixteen trained assessors assessed these schools.
The schools were also awarded for their participation in Improvement initiatives such as ‘Education Quality Improvement Projects’ (EQUIP). Out of 30 EQUIPs received from various schools, five were recognised at the award function.
Another category of recognition was ‘PEARL - Good Practices of Schools’. Of the 80 promising practices identified by the assessment teams, 11 were recognised at the award function.
Under INNOTEACHING, papers are submitted by teachers on improvements and innovations implemented by them in the teaching methods. Of the 29 papers submitted by 17 schools, seven were recognised.
PANKH is an initiative that encourages students to showcase their improvement stories. Out of 15 PANKH projects submitted from 14 schools, five projects were recognised.
Dare To Try is a new initiative started in 2016 that recognises innovative attempts at improvement that have not succeeded. It aims to encourage learning from failures. Nine projects were submitted with one awardee.
Outstanding Activity Club is a new initiative introduced in 2016. The purpose of this award is to motivate schools to focus on leveraging these activity clubs to promote overall student development. Twenty-five club activity projects were submitted from 17 schools, and four were awarded.
Teacher Award for Excellence in Teaching is another initiative introduced in 2016. The purpose of this award is to recognise the efforts of teachers for teaching excellence. Three teachers were awarded from 18 applicants.
Good Practice Adoption award has been initiated in 2018 to recognise efforts made by an improvement team in identifying and implementing the good practice from another school, and further improving upon the practice to yield the desired outcome.
Programme function highlights
In his welcome address, Chanakya Choudhary, Chairman, TEEP and Vice President, Corporate Services, Tata Steel, congratulated the TEEP team for not only sustaining the programme for 15 years but revitalising it regularly through various improvement initiatives. NK Sharan, Vice President, Tata Business Excellence Group, shared the performance highlights of the TEEP programme over the years. In his keynote address, Dr Kasturirangan spoke of the need for transformation in schools to address future challenges and to prepare learners in the 21st century.
Mr Narendran, lauded the initiatives taken under TEEP and stressed that focus should be on leveraging of technology and skill development of teachers.
Principals, teachers, students and members of managing committee from over 50 schools attended the TEEP annual award programme.