INSA Teachers Award
To recognize and value excellence, consistency and high level of teaching in Indian Colleges, Universities and Institutions, the Academy instituted INSA Teachers Award in 2012. The award shall be made annually to recognize and honour teachers for providing guidance, inspiration and mentoring students to take up careers in Science and Technology. All disciplines of Science and Technology including Medical & Engineering Sciences come under the purview of this award.
a) The award shall be made to outstanding teachers currently working or worked in India, with at least 20 years of teaching experience at undergraduate or postgraduate level in any Indian College/University/Institution.
b) Maximum age limit is 55 years as on December 31 of the year preceeding the year of the award.
c) The award will not be offered to Fellows of any of the national academies. It will also not be offered to anyone who is Vice-Chancellor of a University, Director of an Institution/laboratory and/or holding a position where his/her teaching is restricted.
d) Selection will be based on consistent excellence in teaching as evident from performance of students, inspiring students to take up careers in Science and Technology, introducing novel teaching methods, experiments and materials, and pedagogy. Active involvement in science popularization and outreach activities will be an additional consideration.
Number of Awards
The number of awards to be made in any year shall be up to 12.
Nominations and Last Date
A notification inviting nominations for the award shall be issued each year in the month of February/March.
A teacher may be nominated by Fellows of INSA, Principal of a College, Vice-Chancellor of a University, Director of an Institution, a colleague or by a former student who is associated with an academic/R&D institution. The nominator may forward only one nomination in a year.
A nomination shall remain valid for consideration for two consecutive years.
The nomination shall be made in the prescribed format. One hard copy and a soft copy (in MS-Word only), along with all supporting documents, must reach the Academy latest by May 31.
Selection Committee for the Award
Nominations shall be considered by a nine member Committee duly constituted by President, INSA. Each member in this committee will serve for a period of three years. One third of the members will retire every year. No new names should be discussed and proposed during the meeting. The Committee shall place its recommendations to the Council in October meeting for final approval.
Particulars of such candidates whose details/areas of specialization are not clearly represented among the members of the Committee may be referred to appropriate experts as identified by the Committee members preferably amongst the Fellows of the Academy.
Announcement of the Awards
The names of the awardees selected for the award shall be announced in the Annual General Meeting in the month of October and subsequently communicated to the awardees.
Presentation of the Award
The presentation of the Awards shall be made by the President, INSA, at the time of Anniversary General Meeting.
For receiving the award, the awardees (along with spouse) will be paid travel expenses to cover the actual airfare (economy) and local conveyance as applicable. INSA will help in providing local hospitality. Reimbursement will be made on production of tickets.
Each awardee will be presented a scroll and a cash award of Rs. 50,000. In addition, the awardee will also be eligible for a onetime book grant up to Rs. 20,000. For this, appropriate bills may be submitted to the Academy for the re-imbursement within a year of the announcement of the award.